First Animals: Word Learning Adventures

First Animals is a delightful first words encyclopedia for children. Stocked full of real pictures, facts and games it opens up the animal kingdom right in your living room!

 

If you’ve been around the Zoo much, you know we love two things: animals and learning! Well, there are others but animals are certainly at the top of the list. Of course, who would have guessed at a site with Zoo in the title! First Animals has brought us some delightful learning and we think you’ll love it too!

First Animals

What We Love

Our favorite thing about the book, or at least the first one we’re listing is that there are real pictures of real animals. Children aren’t only learning by drawings, though there are some wonderful little drawings in the book. They can learn what the real animal looks like as they learn over 500 new words!

That brings me to the next point, words! We love learning new words! As I said before, there are over 500 in this awesome little book! There are also little games on the pages, like finding the baby’s parents or finding the birds in the trees. It helps increase observation and search and find skills in a fun new way! After all, how often will we actually get to search for an octopus in real life?

Going on, there are multiple animals that are surrounded with some awesome little tidbits about their species! For example, the blue whale has his (or her) very own 2 page spread surrounded by all kinds of little facts. You’ll even learn where the whales sleep! If you have (or plan to get) the book Bedtime, which we recently reviewed, you can tie the books in together and start teaching little ones to cross reference! Never too early to learn, right? You could also cross reference this with the book Let’s Hatch Chickens! Oh I truly love that!

I’ll move on though, for your sake. The book takes us through various living environments as we learn. We learn about animals in the Savanna, on the farm, in the ocean, trees and even in the jungle! I’m a bit of a sea turtle nut, so I was especially excited at the little sea turtle drawing in the Sea Life pages!

Okay, my last but definitely not least favorite thing: the facts! Oh my elephants (get it, instead of batman)! There are SO many facts even I have learned some neat little tidbits about animals in this fun book! I even learned a new fact about domestic animals, which I did not see coming! Oh, the fun in these pages!

First Animals Children's Encyclopedia

Of Course It’s Clever!

Clever Publishing has yet to disappoint me! If you haven’t seen the growing list of our love of Clever Publishing Books, you should check it out on our films & books page! They’ve got learning books stocked full of fun and games for all ages and the list keeps on growing. It’s become my go-to site for baby and toddler gifts for sure!

First Animals is a delightful first words encyclopedia for children. Have fun with this book teaching words with games, pictures & more!

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Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of over 12 years! We have a grown daughter, a son-in-love and 2 grandson. Just love being Nonna! We also have an angel waiting on us to join her one day, she was 11 months old when she went to Heaven. We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish in our koi pond. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

37 thoughts on “First Animals: Word Learning Adventures

  • March 10, 2020 at 10:39 am
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    That’s such a cute gift idea.

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  • March 6, 2020 at 1:22 pm
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    nice posting i really enjoy your post this post is very informative so keep it up man!

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  • January 24, 2020 at 11:47 pm
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    I’m putting my own together too. Admittedly the birth stories scare me though. You story bought a tear to my eye! So happy for you all!

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  • November 15, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    Reading to kids is the best way to learn words. Richard Scarry word books are the best. ABC books are a great start.

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  • November 15, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    It has been a long time since I taught my kids anything. I’d love to win this for my grandson who will grow up bi-lingual.

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  • November 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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    We just talk to our little ones and point out items/animals/etc and name them. We like to name things in books too!

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  • November 15, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    I think learning to sound out words is important as well as attaching words to their meanings through photos or interactive things πŸ™‚

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  • November 14, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    I love reading to children , it really expands their vocabulary greatly!

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  • November 12, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    My grandson was surrounded by books from an early age. He has been allowed to choose books that interest him and he enjoys finding books that stretch his imagination.

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  • November 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    My granddaughters favorite books are about animals. I like that they include games in the book also.

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  • November 11, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    I teach my children new words by reading to them every single day. We also practice words when we take walks and go to the park.

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  • November 10, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    When my kids were learning how to talk we would speak to them like they already knew how to talk. There was no “baby talk” and when they were trying to say words we would have them repeat them to us until they were correct or super close. We also read to them A LOT. They have a great vocabulary now and they are still avid readers.

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  • November 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm
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    Reading, conversation, and repetition is the best way to teach words in any language.

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  • November 9, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    This Clever Encyclopedia looks pretty comprehensive for small children.

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  • November 9, 2019 at 4:12 am
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    We teach my daughter new words by reading her a lot of books and playing games.

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  • November 6, 2019 at 10:17 am
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    I taught my son with a book very similar to this. He loved it! It had animal stickers that you place over the image.

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  • November 3, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    We love to read new books. Sometimes we play games with words and rhyme.

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  • November 3, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    We read together and use phonics. If they’re not sure of what something is, I’ll show them a picture.

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  • November 3, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    I always read to our children and I started out by having them sound out the words and then we would eventually spell them out loud. If you can make it fun it always gets them interested. They key is to make the them time to read to them daily.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    When my boys were little we read all kinds of books. My granddaughters love reading about animals.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    Well my first sentence is, there isn’t any G+. It is being discontinued. “What happened to Google+?”
    In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019.
    Secondly, this would be a nice book for preschool children or toddlers as a gift to learn their animals πŸ™‚

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  • November 2, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    I don’t have little kids but i’d say just keep repeating the word and give praise when they are correct when saying it. πŸ™‚

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  • November 2, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    I teach new words by reading books. Also I have put a few flash cards around on like the tv, toybox, and table.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    I am a grandmother at this point. I don’t remember exactly how I taught new words. I did have a print rich environment and read a lot to my kids. I also spoke to them in a normal tone in the language I generally used. Don’t be afraid to use a variety of adjectives for the same description, etc. The more times they hear a word, the more likely it will become part of their vocabulary.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    This is a question I really cannot answer, this is for my great niece. I know her parents work with her on words and sounds etc. When she spends the day with me and she says something that don’t understand I have her repeat it slowly. We play match games on my ipad and I have her repeat the name of the animals

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  • November 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    Another book I’d really like to have is Happy Halloween Pirates. It looks so cute.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    I read to my girls all the time . I also took them to story time at the library which was fun for all of us.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    We have had a lot of success using Richard Scarry books but always welcome new books that will help our kids learn while also being entertaining. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    My little niece and I have reading and learning day every Sunday she is in 4th grade now and is getting very good at reading and her studies we play word games to learn new words

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  • November 1, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    My kids are older but with the little ones in the family they love to read. The kids will repeat words I say to them.

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  • November 1, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    right now we are learning how to spell words, so we are doing index cards with the word, and then i write it on another idex card and cut the letters apart and have him match them up

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  • November 1, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    I repeat the word several times and help the child to relate object, action etc. to it.
    I also like to use a lot of flash cards.

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  • November 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    I say words over and over! Also, I start with easy words like dog and sky.

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  • November 1, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    My main advice is to speak to your children the way you would speak to an adult. Not adult conversations about adult topics but don’t ever dumb down words. That way, your Kindergartner can tell people what a deciduous tree is or your 2 year old can tell you Epcot’s icon is a geosphere.

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    • November 3, 2019 at 11:12 am
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      That’s a great idea! We try to remember to do that around the Zoo!

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  • November 1, 2019 at 9:39 am
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    I teach my kids about new words by just reading with them and helping them create their owns stories. My kids love to read or have me read to them. They also like making their own ‘books’ about things they like or thing they have done.

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    • November 3, 2019 at 11:13 am
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      That’s fabulous! I love looking at what the little ones create! Their little minds are fascinating!

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