For kids in school, having a classroom pet can be a great way to learn about responsibility while also gaining important lessons about different animal species. Not all pets are well suited for classroom living, though. Here are our favorites that can help kids learn:
1. Guinea Pigs
Known for their adorable chirp, fluffy bodies, expressive faces and low-impact care regimen, guinea pigs are the first choice for classroom pets. These medium-sized rodents are small enough to be handled by young children, while also being large and sturdy enough to withstand accidental rough touching.
Additionally, guinea pigs are social creatures, which means that kids can watch the way that a pair interacts with one another. This is a great way for kids to learn about a pet’s life cycle and care needs, while also observing interesting social behavior, such as grooming and play time.
Rabbits are cuddly creatures that are also friendly and social. They come in many different varieties – from pygmy to large breeds – and can offer a fun way for kids to learn about pet care. Rabbits require little maintenance, although they are full of energy and need plenty of exercise and space to play. Their main food source is hay or Timothy Grass, but they can also receive special treats like carrots and food pellets.
Rabbits are typically very social and friendly; however, they can be skittish and may bite or scratch children when afraid. Because of this, rabbits are generally best suited to classrooms of older children who can be taught to handle them gently.
Cute, energetic and intelligent: what else could you ask for? Rats are all of this and more. Surprisingly loving and friendly, rats are a great choice for the classroom environment due to their easy care requirements and lack of smell. Ideal for classrooms with young children, rats will thrive in an escape-proof cage with plenty of fun toys and swings.
As an added bonus, these little rodents are less likely to bite than guinea pigs, hamsters or rabbits, which makes them a safe choice for a classroom pet. The main source of a rat’s diet is generally dry food with plenty of fruits and vegetables, although they will also appreciate treats like grapes, bananas and broccoli. Keep in mind that, because a rat’s teeth grow constantly, they will need wood to chew on to help grind down their incisors.
They may not be as cute and cuddly as some of their classroom counterparts are, but goldfish are great fun for kids. Easy to care for and interesting to watch, goldfish provide ample educational opportunities for children through their daily care, feeding and interactions. Fish can also become classroom lessons for science principals such as aquatic life and how gills work.
Choosing to get a classroom pet is an exciting experience and the ones mentioned above will all thrive in a classroom environment. Classroom pets offer learning and fun all in one package.
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