Spring Animal Match Game
Children will create a card game matching adult and baby animals.
What You Need
- Large index cards (at least 200)
- Chart paper
What to Do
- Point out to children that spring is often a time when animal babies are born. Brainstorm with children a list of special names for animal babies. Write the list on the chalkboard or chart paper, including the name for the adult animal and the baby. For example: sheep/lamb; horse/foal; bear/cub; frog/tadpole; pig/piglet; hen/chick.
- Divide the class into pairs or small groups. Distribute twenty index cards to each pair or group.
- Have each group choose ten matching adult and baby animal names from the list.
- Have children draw a picture of each adult animalpig, horse, sheep, etc.on a card, writing the name of the animal under the picture.
- Then have children draw a picture of each baby animal and its name on the remaining ten cards. Children should leave the other side of the cards blank or draw an identical design on them.
- When children are finished, they may play a Spring Animal Match Game. Have children mix up the cards, then lay all twenty face down. Children take turns trying to find a match between an adult animal and its baby. If children make a match, they keep the cards and take another turn. The winner is the player with the most pairs.
- To vary the level of difficulty, children may create fewer or more card pairs.
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