Animal Identification Cards.
These Animal Identification cards were a hit for both of my boys when they were younger. There are so many variations that can be used in a fun and educational way with children up to Kindergarten age!
Two days ago I ventured down into our basement and started to bring up the bins of baby/toddler toys that Hudson could start using. One of the bins I brought upstairs was an entire bin of little people animals and workers. I thought it would be great to make some animal matching cards to go along with the bin of animals. You can find these little people animals a lot at yard sales!
I created these animal identification cards with versatility in mind.
- Laminated I think they would be an awesome matching activity! Spreading the cards out on the floor, and having your toddler find an animal figurine that matches each card.
- They would make adorable wall art in a playroom or bedroom.
- For older children, they can be used as inspiration for drawing their own animals.
- A really fun activity for younger and older children is taking these cards along with you to the zoo! How many animals can you match? You can even take a picture of your child by each animal exhibit. It helps keeps kids focused and on a mission. Can they find the animals on the zoo map? Can they match the animal identification cards to the real-life animal?
- Also, with the cards either facing you or the toddler (whoever sees the animal) makes the animal noise and the other has to guess what animal it is.
- Greyson always LOVED that game…. who am I kidding? he still does!
You can CLICK HERE to download your very own FREE animal identification cards! They come two to a page for a total of 10 animals!
Update!! Hold on!-
After making this resource – I ended up recreating it so you could print the Animal Matching Cards right through your local photo department. Just head over to my Flashcard resource page, and grab those! Then you can save them to a USB or upload them online to your photo center and pick them up within the hour! I love having these on 4×6 photo paper. It saves a ton of money on ink, there is no cutting on your part, and everything is neat and tidy!!
Without question, the best way to educate a child is by reading books with them. Here are just a few of mine and my son’s favorite books. These would be a great addition to today’s topic!
Slide and See Animals
An engaging board book for very young children, with sliding panels to reveal secret images hiding below. Babies will love moving the sliders to make meerkats pop up from their underground burrows and a monkey swing through the trees. Perfect for developing essential motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Full of vivid colors, stylish illustrations, and friendly animals.
Baby Animals Flap Book
Little children will enjoy matching the baby animals to their mommies and daddies in this sweet lift-the-flap book. With warm and friendly illustrations that will appeal to the very young.
Lift the flap Answer and Question Animals
Many children are fascinated by animals and this engaging flap book will answer lots of their questions. With entertaining and informative illustrations and over 50 flaps to lift and look beneath.
Babies Very First Flashcards
Little children will enjoy matching the baby animals to their mommies and daddies in this sweet lift-the-flap book. With warm and friendly that will appeal to the very young.
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