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The animal world is full of friendships. This week we’re exploring all the ways animals entertain and help us—and the ways we help them, too. Leap (and crawl, and gallop) into a world of adventure with our animal friends!

For Grown-Ups

What You’ll Need

Your CKJR Toolkit. What’s in the Toolkit?
  • Blocks (plastic, wooden, cardboard, magnetic—anything to build with!)
  • Play Doh (store bought or homemade)
  • A bin for water, plus cups, scoops, and spoons
  • Figurines (small animals, dinosaurs, or people)
  • A big roll or pad of paper
  • Washable paints, crayons, markers, and any other easy-to-clean art supplies


  • Black and white paint
  • Yellow construction or scrap paper
  • Toilet paper tube (or other cardboard tube)
  • Newsprint or other mess-catcher
  • Dish soap
  • Glue
  • Medicine dropper (optional)
  • Bandages (or tissues and tape to make DIY bandages; optional)
  • Googly eyes (optional)

Family Activity

Make an extra-happy meal this week by adding some stories! Over a family dinner (or breakfast or lunch!), listen to this read-aloud of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, a classic story about sharing and friendship. Then pick a favorite animal story in your home and read it together while you eat.