If I Ran the Zoo

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In the Dr Seuss book, Gerald McGrew is a kid who, when visiting a zoo, finds that the exotic animals are "not good enough". He says that if he ran the zoo, he would let all of the current animals free and find new, more bizarre and exotic ones. Throughout the book he lists these creatures, starting with a lion with ten feet and escalating to more imaginative (and imaginary) creatures, such as the Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, "the world's biggest bird from the island of Gwark, who eats only pine trees, and spits out the bark." The illustrations also grow wilder as McGrew imagines going to increasingly remote and exotic habitats and capturing each fanciful creature, bringing them all back to a zoo now filled with his wild new animals. He also imagines the praise he receives from others, who are amazed at his "new Zoo, McGrew Zoo"
During this activity Cubs will create a random collection of creatures for our zoo


Sheets of paper folded into 5 lengthways so each cub can draw one section of the animal without being able to see what was drawn by the previous cub, coloured pencils or felt tips


The first cub draws a hat or hats on their bit of the paper and folds it so the next cub can't see and passes it on to the next who draws a head/heads, then the next a body, legs, shoes/socks etc. once the creatures are completed then they can open up the paper to see their creation and give it a silly name if they want to. We'll put all the animals up on the wall for all to see! Can be done in small groups 5s would be ideal and they can have more than one sheet on the go, could even all draw a head then pass it around and all draw a body on a different sheet etc.


  • Dr Seuss

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