I am grateful to my dad for introducing me to the idea of mixed up animals. I have had some great fun with classes designing composite animals, drawing them and coming up with some poems.
I always start by telling them about our pet Camelephantelopelicanary, a cross between many exotic animals:
A Camelephantelopelicanary’s a strange and wonderful thing
The bits of its body are really quite shoddy so he’s all held together with string
Discovered, they say, on the first day of May by an explorer out wandering the Nile
The first thing he noted was the fact that it floated and its face was all covered in smile.
Here is a fun little invention you could use on a whiteboard to mix up two random creatures. Have fun!