Reptiles in Classrooms
Hearing the word “reptiles” might put off a lot of parents but rest assured this post is not to discourage you or your child from a fun and safe learning experience. Children learn immensely from taking care of other living organisms: it teaches them to be more responsible and respectful of other creatures that share their place on planet Earth.
So what makes reptiles ideal classroom pets?
Well for one, most reptiles are docile in nature which makes observing them in a classroom very interesting! Bearded dragons, leopard geckos are known for their quiet nature and their small frame makes them a best friend of children who love to hold their cute creatures. Lizards and turtles are a classroom favourite of young children. They are easy to hold and make playful household pets too!
A fascinating exercise that you can plan for the children is feeding the reptiles. Kids would not only learn about the diet of different reptile species but can take part in the activity too. Leopard geckos eat insects, and bearded dragons being omnivores can eat vegetables in addition to crickets. Kids can feed them themselves and enjoy playing with these colourful pets!
Most children are already familiar with taking care of cats and dogs which makes this a completely new new learning experience for kids to interact with exotic reptiles. Introducing unique reptiles in classrooms, piques a child’s curiosity and makes their study sessions more entertaining. In addition to this, children’s confidence levels increase as well as they come in close contact with mysterious beings they had only ever seen in zoo or from a far.