Sometimes, I really feel the weight of all the things I want to teach our children about the world. I want to travel with them to explore our world and open their minds, I want them to become compassionate towards all people, particularly those different from them. I want them to care for our planet and work to preserve it for future generations. But it all seems so much to learn and so much to teach, doesn’t it?! With the help of the ichild website, we’ve made a little start this half term and have been learning about Tiger conservation and how to become a tiger protector. It’s a topic that Elodie and Finlay have really been taking an interest in. We started by watching this wonderful ‘real life Tiger who came to tea’ video.
The video inspired us to find where tigers originate from on Finlay’s map of the world and try some of the activities on the ichild website like watching some tiger archive footage. Elodie’s favourite fact was learning that tigers can weigh as much as 10 nine year olds! There are a whole host of tiger explorer resources which would are perfect for children who are excited to learn more such as The WWF Endangered Tiger Pictionary. The resources would also be perfect for home/un-schooling families that wanted to follow this topic.
This led to some tricky but necessary discussions between Elodie and Finlay about why anyone would want to ‘poach’ an animal. The WWF kindly sent us some more resources to help us learn about their ambitious target to double wild tigers numbers to at least 6000 by 2022, the next Chinese year of the tiger.
When you pledge to become a Tiger Protector, you can receive a personalised story book written by Jeanne Willis . Our children loved their books! When reading them, they become magically transformed into a child who has a special bond with a tiger after being compelled to help it once it turns up at their door. ‘The Tiger Protector’ is a personalised story book which educates us about how we can all help protect this magnificent animal from an unthinkable fate. As you can see, the illustrations themselves are simply beautiful and this has become a favourite story of ours at bedtime! For older children, it makes a really good starting point for them to find out a bit more about the tiger’s natural habitat and to learn about endangered species. I particularly liked the use of really rich descriptive language which upped Elodie’s enjoyment of the story even more!
Over 10 years ago now, I travelled to Uganda several times on a teacher exchange programme, which was completely life-changing on many levels. I was lucky enough to see many animals in the wild……elephants, hippos, giraffes and even walked to school with monkeys! I had a sudden pang of sadness as I read ‘The Tiger Protector’ with my children, that maybe they won’t be so lucky. Maybe they won’t get to see animals, such as tigers, in the wild. This is such an important campaign from WWF because it provides a chance for our children to see and understand what a tiger is, rather than it just become another name on a long list of extinct species.
Becoming a tiger protector would make a wonderful gift for a child as in return for the £5 a month donation you receive:
- A personalised tiger certificate.
- Regular tiger news throughout the year to keep you updated on everything tiger related.
- A fact pack.
- A personalised story book ‘The Tiger Protector’ featuring a child and adult of your choosing in the story.
If you’d like to know more – you can read more and donate on the Become a Tiger Protector Website.