Get involved - 4- to 7-year-olds

 

Research has shown that there are numerous benefits in encouraging children to care for animals.

For young children, looking after a companion animal can help develop a sense of responsibility and compassion, and can help in coming to terms with some of life’s more difficult issues, such as bereavement.

Sometimes a child who finds it difficult to share his or her troubles with an adult or another child will talk to and confide in an animal, which can help in processing complex emotions. Celebrating World Animal Day in school is an ideal way to mark the end of a project on animals, whether involving pets, farm animals or wild animals.