Texas Wildlife: Critters and Flitters
- Armadillo Ray by John Beifuss.
- Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest by Gerald McDermott.
- Showdown at Lonesome Pellet by Paul Ratz de Tagyos.
- Tumbleweed Stew by Susan Stevens Crummel.
- The Alamo Cat by Rita Kerr.
- Buffalo Hunt by Russell Freedman.
- Learn About Texas Dinosaurs by Georg Zappler.
- Whooping Cranes by Karen Dudley.
- Wild Dogs: Wolves, Coyotes, and Foxes by Deborah Hodge.
Texas Animal Habitats
Copy and color animals on the web site, Color Texas Animals at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/adv/kidspage/colorpic.htm. Place a large map of Texas on the bulletin board and attach the animals in some of the areas of the State in which they live.
Choose various Texas animals or animal tracks. Let them represent the various age groups participating in the Texas Reading Club. For example, a jackrabbit could represent 8-year-olds, and a roadrunner could represent 9-year-olds. Add animals or tracks onto the bulletin board or wall to display their reading progress. Each animal or track may represent the number of hours or books read or the number of children participating.
Sing Old McDonald and substitute Texas animals such as armadillos, turkeys, eagles, mountain lions, foxes, wood ducks, owls, and rattlesnakes.
Armando the Awkward Armadillo
Let the children read, "Armando the Awkward Armadillo."
Texas Animal Puppets
Make puppets of various Texas animals. Patterns for puppets may be found in Lions, and Tigers, and Books-Oh My!: Program Guide for the Texas Reading Club 1993 by Tim Wadham.
- Bead (optional)
- Wiggley eyes (optional)
Cut strips of paper ½ inch wide and 8 ½ inches or longer. Overlap the ends of the paper and glue them together. Fold the strips of paper alternately across each other as shown in the illustration. Glue the last 2 folds together. Glue a 1-inch triangle to one end for the snake's head. A bead on a string can be glued to the tail to make a rattle. Draw eyes with markers or glue on wiggley eyes.
Then begin again at 1!
Build a Paper Birdhouse
- Birdhouse pattern
Copy the birdhouse pattern. Children glue it onto the colored paper, cut it out, and fold all the tabs on the thin lines to the inside of the birdhouse. Next, fold on the other thin lines, tape or glue the tabs securely, and tie a string to it to hang the paper birdhouse.
Tell coyote stories from the Native American tradition such as those in Coyote and Native American Folk Tales by Joe Hayes.
Animal Word Find
Distribute the animal word find puzzle.
Invite a local petting zoo or animal trainer to bring some Texas animals and talk about their habitats.
Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes by Pete Seeger.
- Birding Texas. (37 minutes)
- Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night. (8 minutes)
- All About Texas Animals
- Color Texas Animals
- Birding Texas with Children by Evault "Bosie" Boswell.
- Coyote & Native American Folk Tales by Joe Hayes.
- Learn about Texas Birds by Mark W. Lockwood.
- Lone Star Menagerie: Adventures with Texas Wildlife by Jim Harris.
- Texas Toys and Games by Francis Edward Abernathy.