Safari Day - Jerri Cobb

Today we’re grabbing our binoculars and canteens to go on a safari! What better time to spend time outside?? We’re going on a safari ride!

Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Jerrie Cobb. Her hometown is Ponca City, Oklahoma. Cobb got her pilot’s license when she was only 17! She played semi-professional softball so she could save money and build her own plane, a World War II Surplus Fairchild PT23. Cobb was also the first woman to complete NASA’s astronaut training, but couldn’t serve due to her gender. Cobb spent her time as a consultant for NASA and flew her plane as part of missionary endeavors in the Amazon. You can learn more by reading Jerrie Cobb’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Do you know who else loved the outdoors and animals? John W. Montgomery helped animals and John T. Nickel worked to preserve land!


Movie Time! One of our favorite movies is Madagascar! You can rent and stream it now on Amazon. Here’s a fun clip from the movie to get you ready! If you want more fun movies like this one, there’s always the classic Lion King!


Storytime! One of our favorite books is Starry Safari by Linda Ashman. You can hear it read aloud and see a fun craft with it here!


Arts & Crafts! You saw how to make the fun giraffe in the storytime video, but we wanted to share a craft for another of our favorite animals: elephants! This awesome elephant craft is a bit more detailed so make sure to do this one as a family.


Make & Eat it! Safaris can be long, so we’re gonna need a snack, right? Try these tasty cheese straws with just the right amount of crunch! Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has some of the best snacks on her website if you need more fun ideas!

Listen to it! We need to make sure we have plenty of entertainment for our ride on the safari! Listen to this fun playlist on Spotify for your trip! There’s also this fun animal sounds song.

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home exploring the safari! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Safari Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

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