Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
I know what you’re thinking. “She means ‘howl’ at the moon, right?” Wrong. This silly activity lets your little ones greet the moon using whatever animal voice they choose.
This idea started out innocently enough – head outdoors and spend some time with the kids moon gazing. What I hadn’t planned on was a spectacular full moon. I was so overwhelmed by its beauty that I let out a huge howl. My 18-month-old followed suit with his best impression.
Then I turned to the 5 year old and asked him to greet the moon with any animal voice he wanted.
He chose to roar like a lion.
We spent several minutes taking turns saying “hi” to the moon using an array of different animal voices – pigs, horses, cows, crows, giraffes (who knew?), dogs, cats, pandas and so on.
Before we were finished my oldest started looking around for other items that might want to get in on the fun, like the grass near our front door. I asked, “How would the grass greet the moon?”He swished and swayed a little, I imagine the way he thinks grass communicates.
What a treat to see imagination at work. All under the light of a full moon.
Why it’s so fun: Making animal sounds at the top of your voice? What’s not to like?
Variations on a theme: We were able to enjoy a full moon, but this activity works at any time of the month – as long as the little ones can see the moon. If animal sounds aren’t your thing, sing a song – or better yet, make one up! As always, the sillier, the better!