Daisy’s Story – Discussion Guide
What do you think Faith was thinking and feeling when she saw what happened to Daisy?
If Daisy was your pet, what would you have done? What would you be thinking? How would you feel?
What do you think Faith was thinking when Daisy had to spend the night at the animal hospital?
What do you think Faith was thinking and feeling when she picked Daisy up from the animal hospital to take her home?
What do you think Faith thinks about Daisy today?
What do you think about Daisy?
Review the Chinchilla Facts Sheet on Daisy’s blog.
Sometimes people have limb differences – maybe they were born without all of their fingers, toes, arms or legs. How do you think people with limb differences would like to be treated? If you had a limb difference, how would you like other people to treat you?
Daisy’s Story – Activities
Snack time: Offer bananas, raisins, shredded wheat, crackers and spreadable cheese. Have the children eat their snack with one in a pocket or sitting on one hand, to experience what it’s like to eat with only one hand. Set out an unpeeled banana and crackers with spreadable cheese on a plate. Set out popsicle sticks that can be used to spread the cheese as well. Raisins can be used as a quick snack that will help with frustration while the children maneuver through the banana and cracker/cheese challenge.
Discuss how chinchillas like raisins, dried fruit, bugs and plants in the wild. How must Daisy have felt while she was healing and learning to eat with one hand, with a cone on her head? (Frustrated, angry, feelings of loss.) Ask the children what they think Daisy learned during this time. Prompt them on the lesson of learning patience and overcoming challenges. Also discuss how strong, brave and even talented Daisy must be to learn how to do things without one of her limbs.
Games: Have the children pretend they are chinchillas….crawling around on the floor, hiding under tables from predators (snakes, large birds, etc). Now have them try to crawl around without touching one leg on the floor. Discuss the experience. How hard was it? How talented is Daisy? Is she strong? Is she smart? Is she patient? Is she brave?
Art: Materials: white construction paper; gray and white paint; cotton balls; google eyes; markers. Cut out one large circle and one small circle, three legs, two ears. Paint the body parts with the cotton balls, sponging on the paint to look like fur. Allow to dry. Add google eyes, whiskers, nose and mouth with markers.
Compare and Contrast Activities: We have included some activities offering children the opportunity to see the similarities and differences between objects (stones, shells, flowers) in our For Parents section of our website, under Daisy's heading. These examples can easily be tailored for classroom learning activities.
If you have ideas on other ways to talk with children about limb differences, we would love to hear from you. Please use our Contact Us email.