Zoo Preschool Activities
This Zoo activity pack includes tons of hands on re-usable activities that are perfect to compliment your zoo themed unit or your field trip! Inside each of my activity packs you will find an assortment of easy to assemble activities. You can easily turn these activities into a variety of hands on learning centers.
Help the children in your care learn literacy skills, and math skills. Some of the skills covered in this pack are: colors, shapes uppercase and lowercase letter identification, one to one correspondence, counting, and ordering numbers 1-10.
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Giraffe Spot Shape Clip Cards
Did you know giraffes each have their own unique pattern?
The giraffes on these clip cards each have their own unique pattern too!
Invite your preschooler to identify and clip the matching shape on each card.
What Color are the Zebra's Stripes Color Word Matching
This activity has two levels of learning to individualize the activity for children. Invite children to use the colored color words to match up to the same color zebra. For more of a challenge match-up the plain black color words to the zebras.
Feed the Animals Sorting and Matching
It's feeding time at the zoo!
Use this activity to encourage preschoolers to refine their sorting and classifiication skills.
Animal Roll and Race
Roll and race games are so much fun! Play individually or with a friend. Roll the playing cube and then move the animal that is shown. See which animal can reach the top first!
Practice following a variety of lines from left to right. Use a marker to follow the line, then for added fine motor fun follow the line with a pair of scissors.
Feed the Elephants Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Activity
Use the game as a table activity or transform into a file folder game to use anywhere. Flip a peanut and then match the lowercase letter to the elephant that has the matching uppercase letter.
Zoo Count and Clip Cards
Preschoolers will love counting up the animals in the zoo in this activity. Practice counting with one-to-one correspondence, then identify the matching numeral on the bottom and clip with a clothespin.
Put together a puzzle to reveal a zoo animal!
In addition to fine motor fun, these puzzles promote numeracy development and ordering skills.
Animals at the Zoo Counting Mats 1-10 Without Frames
These half size counting mats are perfect to pair with miniature zoo animals or use with the included printable tiger pieces.
Tiger Counting Mats 1-10 with Frames
Invite your preschooler to practice numeral identification and subitizing. Read the number, count the tigers and place the same number of matching tigers in the ten frame.
For older preschoolers, try covering the number at the top, invite them to announce the number of tigers in the frame. Some children will be able to tell you how many without counting, or subitize, others will use one-to-one correspondence to count and tell how many.
At the Zoo Counting Mat
This larger counting mat can be used with play dough, pom poms, mini zoo animals or the included printable tiger counters.
Animal Coverings Match-up
Encourage children to take a closer look at elephants.
Learn about the different parts of an elephant and inspire curiosity. Have books about elephants on-hand or research tools to answer the questions about how elephants use each part of their body.
Mother & Baby Animal Matching Cards
Baby animals are often very popular at the zoo, especially with young children. Invite your preschooler to match-up baby zoo animals to their mothers in this game.
These patterning strips are fun to use as a cut and paste activity, or laminate for durability to use repeatedly.
Practice AB, AAB, and ABC patterns with zoo animals.
Sorting Animals at the Zoo
Match-up the color images along the bottom to the B&W images on the mat.
Zoo Movement Gross Motor Cards
Get little bodies moving with these engaging zoo movement cards. Use during games or keep handy to use during transitions.
Animal Habitats Slide and Find Cards
This is a fun activity that encourages both math and literacy development in an engaging way.
Children can match up animals by number or by reading the animal words.
Parts of an elephant
This fun activity gives children a closer look at animal coverings.
At the Zoo I Spy
I spy is a great way to work on visual discrimination skills with young children. Giving clues for what children should look for gives the brain a workout!
Zoo First Sound Cards
Preschoolers are learning that each letter makes a sound. Invite your preschooler to work on this skill by identifying the beginning sound of zoo animals.
**Teacher Tip: An important part of learning beginning sounds is simply encouraging children to create the sounds. Get silly with this activity, encourage children to say the name of the animals using each letter on the bottom as the beginning sound (Jaguar-maguar, gaguar, kaguar).
Zoo Word Wall Cards
These zoo word wall cards have so many uses!
This week try hanging them around your space and use them to sort small zoo animals.
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