Allow students to go one at a time in front of the class and act out an animal which they wish they could be. Allow other students to guess the animal their classmate is portraying.
Design an animal art activity
Hold paper horizontally. Fold paper into three sections with a group of three students. One student will draw a head of an animal they wanted, the other would draw the body, and the last student will draw the bottom/tail. The paper would be folded so they could only see what part they were drawing, so they'll make-up their own hybrid animal!
Use double sided tape, bubble wrap, faux animal fur/skin, etc. Put the items on the floor and let children examine the texture, material, etc. with hands and let them remove the material with their feet. This way students can use the materials and try to decide which animal the item represents. This can also be done with eyes closed, but it's not necessary.
Teacher will first introduce the explorer she/he will be acting as (Explorer Eva in this case) with a picture. The kids will then be on a pretend safari. When 'Explorer Eva' see an animal on the safari, she'll say "Eva spies an elephant." The kids will then use the movements that the teacher would have already shown them before the activity started. (This can also be done with a Safari Stan.)
'If i were an animal' dance
Using the same song that was used to create our video, the activity will mainly be focused on getting the kids to remember which animal the song is talking about through dance movements. The teacher will first introduce which movement goes for each animal, and then act it out to the music. This way, they recognize the swimming motions relate to the dolphin because it's underwater.