Posted by: webmaster | March 21, 2018

Bunnies!

Meatball & Noodles (Holland Lop Rabbits)

Meatball and Noodles will be moving in on Friday March 23rd. They will be staying in the rabbit hutch by the bathroom. They will be an intricate part of our classroom experience. The children will help take care of them daily, by checking their food and water. The litterbox will be changed by staff daily as needed*. The children and staff are required to wash their hands before and after handling the rabbits. The children will have free access to the rabbits besides at meal times.

Children learn an abundance of skills while having a classroom pet. Pets encourage self-esteem, responsibility, nurturing and caring for the pet. They also develop science skills, math skills, language, fine and gross motor.

Science: Children develop science skills by learning about the rabbits habitat, behavior, eating and sleeping habits.
Math: They develop math skills by measuring, food, water and the rabbits.

Language: They develop language skills by learning new words associated with rabbits, like mammal.  

Holland Lops are one of the smallest breeds of rabbits. They are very social and love to snuggle. They need to be feed daily and enjoy snacking on fresh veggies. An adult weights up to 4lbs and they can live up to 14 years old.

Holland Lop Facts:

  • Rabbits are not rodents, they are lagomorphs.
  • Rabbits can purr similar to a cat
  • Rabbits have 28 teeth
  • Rabbits can see behind them, but have blind spot in front of their face.
  • A 4 pound rabbit will drink as much water as a 20 pound dog
  • A rabbits teeth never stop growing. Which is why it is important they have stuff to chew on.
  • Rabbits can see behind them, but have blind spot in front of their face.
  • When rabbits are happy, they will jump and twist, this is called a binky

 *NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards and Assessment Items  Standard 5.C-Maintaining a Healthful Environment

Ms. Taylor, Preschool Lead


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