As many schools take their mid-winter break this week, some parents are no doubt wondering what they can do to fill the time with new activities which are fun but still meaningful. This is where pets can become part of the plan.
For millions of families pets are there to be fed, walked and played with. They are considered part of the family, and very much loved, but rarely recognized as important on any other level. This week is a chance to change that.
For children who are more inclined to stay indoors or are more inquisitive, giving them a way to to interact with their pet in a new way is a great start. There are many options available, such as free printable activity pages that are designed to keep them interested and busy, while ultimately giving them a more personal perspective and understanding of their pet, rescue pets and animals in general. This book is presented by the real furry friends and family of Maximus Matos, the Great Pyrenees.The ASPCA also has a list of general activities for children of different ages and their pets.
For children and pets who are more active, the outdoors is a literal playground of fun and learning. A child can spend a snowy day by taking the dog outside and following in its footsteps while together making a trail for everyone to walk. This allows for them to interact and accomplish a task to help the family at the same time, and adds a little excitement to the walk once completed! If it is a warmer climate, this week is the perfect chance to give a child an outdoor assignment that involves the family pet in some way.
Being at home is just as important as time spent at school and giving a child a way to spend the week that entertains and also teaches earns an A for everyone.
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