A Look at How Pets and Other Animals
Have a Positive Influence on Children and Their Development
Look in any child’s room and you will find endless references to animals, whether in stories, pictures, learning aids, clothing or toys.
Children respond well to animals, the soft cute fur babies offer endless opportunities for learning.
From a child’s physical, social and emotional development through to their cognitive and intellectual development There is endless research on the benefits of children having pets and interactions with pets.
This experience can teach children a range of important life lessons, from responsibility, respect, compassion, empathy, to kindness, friendship, and patience
Children with animals at home are more likely to have better self-esteem.
There is also evidence showing that having a pet at home can reduce the risk of developing common allergies and asthma.
Looking after a pet around the house encourages children to be active around the house and also gives them responsibility. Walking a dog or playing fetch in the garden are great ways to exercise the dog as well as for children to get active and outdoors.
Fine motor skills can be encouraged by allowing children to scoop food and pour water into bowls, and letting children help with grooming pets.
It is important to supervise children with animals at all times, to ensure the safety of the child and the animal.
Days out to see animals, at the zoo or farm, will also have many benefits for children of all ages.
Learning about new animals and that it is important for you to respect their personal space… and them yours!!
Pets are amazing social facilitators. Children are more likely to approach and interact with other children who are playing with a pet.
In this way, a pet can be the bridge between a shy, less outgoing child and potential playmates.
Looking after pets is great experience for children and going out to see and learn about different animals can greatly benefit children, but can also be a fun, educational day out for the whole family.
Making lasting family memories Different animals live in different places. Some live in big groups, some live alone.
Animals can make children smile, laugh, and create curiosity.
Some animals can create a sense of danger and adventure and this sparks interest in learning and exploration.
The responsibility a child has for their pet needs be age appropriate. Young children can help fill food bowls, as a child matures they cane help with grooming and cleaning their pets living area. Keeping tasks