FREE activities for your kids – and for you!
Coming April 1!
Join us here regularly to make Connection Zoo® part of your weekly routine and develop social and emotional practices that equip you and your kids to effectively manage whatever life serves to you.
Check in at 11:00 AM CDT each Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday for new activities. These activities will encourage imagination, creativity and discovery while building social and emotional skills.
While the Connection Zoo® animal cards will enhance and extend the learning and enjoyment of these activities, it is not necessary to purchase them to gain access to this content.
Welcome to the Connection Zoo® Crew!
Sign Language Sunday
Illustrations and video that teach how to sign the Connection Zoo animals. Learning a new language activates our brains and broadens our perspective.
Creative Movement Mondays
Movement activities with the use of stories and the CZ animals to encourage imagination and creative movement.
Works of Art Wednesdays
Short videos that teach how to draw some of our Connection Zoo animals while sharing fun facts about them.
Fun File Fridays
Fun File Friday provides creative ways to connect children with their friends, family and their animals with educational and social activities related to the Connection Zoo animal of the week.
How you show up matters!
Check back starting in mid-April for short informational interviews and resources to build your own social and emotional skills to take care of yourself and be the best partner you can be for your kiddos!
Here are 5 ways to partner with your kids to meet their needs, especially when they are feeling big emotions:
- Make conversation about all feelings – those that feel good and those that don’t – normal and regular.
- Be a student of your own social and emotional intelligence, including self-awareness and self-management.
- Be a role model. Share how you’re feeling and process it out loud, in front of your kids. You might say, “I feel really frustrated right now. I’m going to take a break or pause and take a deep breath to calm down so I can think more clearly and make good choices about what I’m going to do with my frustration.”
- When your kids talk to you, treat it like a gift and give them all your attention. Put your devices away, look in their eyes and listen – really listen – with your ears and your heart. Respond to what you hear with phrases like, “Thank you for sharing that with me,” and “That sounds like it feels really bad,” and “Tell me more,” and “How can I help?”
- Partner with them to identify and meet their needs. It is important your goal is NOT to “fix” your child but rather partner to understand the need beneath the feeling and find ways to work them to get their needs met.
“Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frankl