Thursday, March 22, 2012
Animal Matching Activity
This activity is fantastic for getting the kids to use their observational skills to look for subtle differences - i.e. what's the difference between a cricket, praying mantis, and grasshopper? After all the animals are matched to the correct cards, we play a trivia game. I'll ask them to find a specific animal, or find an animal with spots/stripes/horns/wings, or an animal that likes to eat fish, etc... They absolutely love this game, and they're learning so much about the animal kingdom at the same time.
I'm also hoping that learning more about insects will help E who has had a recurring nightmare lately where she wakes up and says "The bugs are coming!" Poor baby! We'll also have to do more nature walks this summer so she can observe insects and see that they are not going to bother her.
Before I found the animal flashcards at Target, I printed and laminated some of my own animal cards from photos I found online on Google Images. Here's the African Animal matching activity I made for them:
P.S. I can't take all the credit for teaching the kids about animals - they are big fans of the show Go Diego Go, which has taught them all sorts of things about animals from pumas to scarlet macaws to sloths. They sometimes tell me facts about animals that even I didn't know!!