The education team at Dogs Trust are back visiting schools, albeit in a different way to before-we maintain social distancing, hand sanitising, masks etc, all of which you can read about in the In Person section of our website. However, the past year (or is it two years now?) has been…well, lets be generous and call it a challenge. Our message of safety around dogs has never been more relevant (with many households acquiring dogs throughout the lockdown), but for months, we were unable to go out and deliver workshops in the way we had grown accustomed to. Evolve or Die is a rather ruthless business term, but in many ways it rings true. We had to adapt and learn to spread our message in other ways. We altered our workshops so that they could be delivered via zoom, we launched our secondary school campaign, but one of the more novel ways we reached out to our audience, was the creation of multiple downloadable resources.
We have always had downloadable resources on our website, but when the pandemic hit, we really leaned into creating as much interactable and unique content as we could.
This week we released three brand new resources, so we thought it was fitting that this week’s blog showcased our wares, both new and established.
This week we dropped three brand new downloadable resources, all free, all unique, and all catering for children of different skills and interests. Each resource is available on one of our Paws pages. These are our webpages designed just for kids; Creative Paws for arty kids, Constructive Paws for handy kids and Clever Paws for academic kids, though we’re certain that most kids will love all of them.
The first resource is our “Make your own Fortune Teller”, which is available on Creative paws.
When the education team were the same age as most of the kids we now teach, fortune tellers were a big part of our school days. We’d spend hours folding the paper and telling our friends who they would marry. This pastime doesn’t seem to be as fashionable these days, so we thought we would bring it back, but with a doggy twist. Print off our fortune teller here, fold it in place, and learn all about our dog safety tips.
Our second new resource is our Origami dog and is available on Construction Paws.
The word “Origami” comes from the Japanese word “ori” meaning "folding", and “kami” meaning "paper" and it is the art of paper folding. Often associated with Japanese culture, in modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. Upon learning this, we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon, and create our own doggy origami. So we did, and you can download it here. Make sure to send us in photos of your new paper dog!
Our third new resource is our Wordsearch resource, available on Clever Paws.
We don’t need to say too much about this. You know exactly what a wordsearch is, though we will note, we’ve added a little dog safety word game to make it even more fun and interactive. Download it here.
So that’s our three new resources (though we’ve more on the way) but we have amble other resources that may have skipped you by.
English Workshop; The History of Dogs
On last week’s blog we talked about the history of Dogs in Ireland. Our History of Dogs resource is more all-encompassing. Excellent for kids interested in reading, this workshop explores how early mankind bonded with wolves and fostered a relationship that developed over centuries into the one we have with dogs today. We talk about Ancient Egyptian hounds, Viking pups, and Inuit terriers. Catch it here.
If maths is more your thing, we’ve got just the workshop for you. Who said maths wasn’t relevant to everyday life? Without maths, you may not know how much food to give your dog. Take our maths workshop and work it out for yourself. Download it here.
Staying safe around a dog in not a one-time thing. It’s a lifelong commitment, and it can be hard to remember all the rules. Our fridge poster can help with that. Breaking down the Be Dog Smart tips, into Daily, Weekly and Once off instructions, this colourful poster (once you add colour of course) will make the perfect addition to your fridge. Find it here.
Doggy Den Blueprints
After printing your poster, you’ll be well aware that dogs prefer a nice quiet place to snooze. So, why not build them their very own den. How you might ask? Well, you can download the blueprints for said den here.
And all the rest
If we highlighted every single downloadable resource we have on our website, this blog post would resemble a J.R.R. Tolkien novel. But rest assured, if none of the above tickles your fancy, or, more likely, you’ve done the above, liked it, and want more, have an explore of our website. It is bursting at the seams with free and educational content to download. We even have our own resources section, where curriculum-linked classroom teaching resources provide fun activities with dog themes to engage your pupils and bring learning to life.
Enjoy, and make sure to let us know how you get on.