- Remember that old zoodles ad? "I just had a hippopotamus for lunch"... break out your animal shaped cookie cutters - make cat shaped pancakes or duck sandwiches for lunch :-)
- Have a pet? Honour him or her with a cake. The kids can help blow out the candles.
- Play an animals-only game of "charades" or "win, loose or draw".
- Do animal-themed word searches
- Go through the alphabet naming animals that start with each letter. How far can you go (or how many times through the alphabet) before you get stumped?
- Younger kids - break out the face paint, felt and safety pins! Brush on whiskers and a nose, attach a couple of triangles to a head-band and stuff a sock to pin on as a tail - BOOM! You're really in a zoo today ;-)
- Supper time discussions: 1. What is your favourite animal and why? How does that animal benefit the Earth? 2. What is your Chinese symbol? How are you like that animal? How are you different? What is special about that animal?
- Pop in to the SPCA or the City Pound and give some love to some animals - bring old sheets, towels, stretched-out sweaters with you for the animals to lie on, or a spare bag of food for them :-)
- Go online and explore animal conservation - perhaps you can sign up for a newsletter to read with your children, or pledge a donation to help animals in need.
- Read an animal themed bed-time story
For more information on World Animal Day, visit: http://www.cfawr.org/events.php (CDN) or http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/index.asp (UK)