Children have a natural urge to pat animals, feed them, and talk to them. They use animals to practice their emotional skills; the ability to understand and respond to the needs and feelings of others.
Also children try to make sense of the world. They constantly try to sort, categorise, and organise the things they see. The animal world is a natural place for children to start, because it’s very tangible: there are small animals, big animals, animals that walk, animals that fly and so on.