Preschool Animal Sorting & Classification Activities
Sort and classify animals 6 different ways! Preschoolers love animals, this pack supports preschoolers as they discover traits of different animals. These activities are a great way to spark discussion about why different animals have different features.
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I can sort animals based on where they live
Sort the animal cards into the 8 different environment mats.
*Extend this activity by discussing why each animal might thrive best in the environment and why they wouldn't do well in another environment.
Set out one mat at a time or all at once depending on skill level and learning goals.
Make comparisons about each environment and the one you live in for added engagement.
Laminate to use again and again or use as a cut and paste activity.
I can sort animals by how they travel
Sort and classify animals based on how they travel.
*Extend this activity by using the cards as a movement activity. Draw cards randomly and challenge preschoolers to move like that animal.
I can sort animals by their skin covering
As children engage in this activity they learn to identify patterns in the environment.
*Extend this activity by inviting children to split into groups based on their clothing type.
I can sort animals by the number of legs they have
Encourage preschoolers to look at different features of animals by observing how they move and how many legs they have. Invite preschoolers to examine other features of the animals.
I can sort animals by their feet
This fun sorting activity is a great way to encourage discussion of why each type of animal has the feet they do.
I can sort animals by the noises they make
Play animals sounds for preschoolers to identify in this fun game!
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