Animal Corner @ FWS
When a child is given the responsibility to help care for a living creature, they are given the opportunity to grow into a responsible, social and confident adult. Animals are always there when we need an ear to listen, but also remind us that there is more to life than just ourselves. Through animal experiences, we become more curious, respectful and appreciative of living things, and that is a trait we can all benefit from.
Respect: Children learn that animals deserve to be treated with care and respect.
Empathy: Recognizing an animal’s needs and comforting them helps children learn how to feel the way others feel, becoming more empathetic.
Responsibility: by participating in the care of an animal a child learns good habits. They learn accountability and that they are depended upon by a living thing.
Overcoming Fears: Children who are exposed to animals are generally less fearful. They become familiar with animals and animal behaviour, which makes them less anxious about the unknown.
Circle of Life: As an animal’s health declines due to illness or old age, children learn that life is not infinite, but love and memories are.
Appreciation of Nature: By observing their behaviour, children learn about animal instincts and intelligence. There is so much to discover about wildlife, that children exposed to nature develop a sense of wonderment and appreciation for life on Earth.