Caring for Animals
What to do:
- Have an animal that can be handled by children come to visit.
- Talk with the children about the animal, explaining what it is.
- Show the children how the animal likes to be held and touched.
- Let each child have a turn holding or petting the animal.
- Use positive guidance techniques, such as, “You need to be gentle with the cat. The cat likes to be held like this. Squeezing hurts the cat.”
- Talk about how the animal might feel (although younger children do not always understand how an animal or another person might feel).
- Put the animal in a box or cage when it needs to rest and explain to the children that they will get to hold it later.
- Assignments, such as providing water and food or helping to clean up after the animals, may be given to older children. A veterinarian or other trained individual may be invited to come talk to the children about animal care.