A love of animals comes as standard with preschoolers. Farm, pet, polar, jungle… kids want to explore all that the animal kingdom has to offer. Here’s the next creature to fascinate them. Step forward, on supermodel-length legs, the ostrich.
Look at that elongated neck and check out the full-feathery coat… impressive, eh? Normally when children learn about savannah wildlife, it’s lions and elephants. Yet ostriches are as equally spectacular as the big five. As you build the LEGO® DUPLO® DIY ostrich with your little one, throw around some fun facts. Ostriches are the world’s largest birds. They don’t have any teeth. And they can run fast. Really fast. Bust the myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand. They don’t, they just look like they do.
Ostriches are also a handy way to explain that there are exceptions to rules. An ostrich might have wings, but it can’t fly. Preschoolers, who are in an intense rule-learning phase, will be wide-eyed. Talk about why (ostriches are just too darn heavy to get off the ground) and it also becomes a physics lesson.
If you’d like to share pics of your little one’s big bird, do it on our Facebook page. Let’s spread the word about how awesome ostriches are!