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Off to Work, Animals!

People have jobs, right? Some animals do, too! Animals help us do all kinds of things. Let’s find out about all the ways our furry friends help us every day.

For Grown-Ups

What you’ll need

Ask About Today

If you had a working animal pet, what are the ways they could help you every day?


est. 20 min

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14 Very Important Pet Jobs

Have you heard of seeing-eye dogs? They help people who can’t see navigate their surroundings. Check out these 14 very important jobs animals have that help us every day!

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Animal Actor Training

Before an animal can become a star, they need training as an actor—just like human actors! Here’s how cats get ready to appear on TV.

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Avalanche Rescue Dogs

These pups are trained to save lives during an avalanche—that’s when snow falls quickly down the side of a mountain. It's up to these brave dogs to find any people who might be stuck in the snow and help them get out.


est. 20 min

Animal Painting

Today’s all about painting your animal friends—then getting them clean!

Toolkit Materials:

Other Materials:

Newsprint or other mess-catcher; dish soap


Put out your camper’s animal figurines with paints and brushes on a piece of newsprint or other mess-catcher. Then let them go at it. When they’re done, give them a bin with soapy water to scrub their animals clean (or just throw them all in the tub or sink).


Ever seen a green giraffe? What about a pink cat? Paint your animals any colors you can imagine. When you’re done, give them a bath and get them clean again.


est. 5 min

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Some Pets

Learn about what different pets do and the sounds they make in Some Pets by Angela Diterlizzi, with pictures by Brendan Wenzel.


est. 10 min

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Quickdraw Animal Exercises

Quick! You have 10 seconds to choose an animal in this game of animal fitness. Choose an animal and do the exercise in each round. Stay sharp because each round only lasts 30 seconds!