The History of Pets
Humans have domesticated animals for companionship for thousands of years, starting with dogs about 30,000 years ago. That’s a long time! But dogs and cats weren’t always the cuddly creatures we keep in homes today and some creatures hold a special place in cultures around the world. Today we'll learn about where pets come from, why some are considered sacred, and the amazing roles they play in assisting humans day-to-day. You’ll also create your own animal job and get moving as you walk like a crab, hop like a rabbit, or crawl like a bear. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get wild!
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How did cats and dogs become the loyal pets they are today?
30 - 45 minutes
Pets played a vital role throughout the course human history. Today we'll learn about how pets came to be and about cultures that consider some animals sacred!
Why Do People Have Pets?
It’s a common sight to see dogs walking down the street or cats clawing a couch in a house, but did you ever wonder when humans started keeping animals as pets? And another thing… where did dogs come from!? Let’s find out! Check out this video on the history of pets.
How We Domesticated Cats
It may seem strange to think of the standard house cat as domesticated, with the knocking over of house objects and whatnot, but as you’ve learned cats have been our faithful companions for thousands of years. Let’s dig deeper and learn how humans domesticated cats not once but twice!
40 - 55 minutes
Make some bird friends by creating your own feeder!
Make Your Own Bird Feeder
Having pets can be hard work but we can always admire the wildlife in our immediate surroundings. Birds play a vital part in our ecosystems and while wild birds aren’t domesticated pets, we can interact with them by bringing them a snack! Check out this guide on how to make your own bird feeder using ordinary household items from the Smithonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
10 - 25 minutes