Welcome to our Montessori Zoology set of activities! My children love animals and have fun learning about them. Right now, they are fascinated with learning animal names in Spanish, how they move and what their skeletons look like. Today, I will show you three simple animal lessons that we did with free printables.
Lesson 1: Naming Animals in Spanish
My children had fun matching the animals to their names in Spanish. After matching them a couple of times, they were practicing saying the names of the animals by pointing at the correct animals in the basket.
Lesson 2: Animal Movement (Fly, Swim, Crawl/Walk) Lesson
We got the Animal Movement Cards ready to go. This set is very complete. It comes with Instructions, 3 Category Cards, 18 photographic Sorting Cards with labels (6 swim, 6 walk, 6 fly), and 1 Control Chart showing the correct classification of the cards.
My children took turns during this activity. First, I placed the “Swim” card on the top left of the mat, the “Walk/Crawl” card on the top middle and the “Fly” card on the top right.
Sister (almost 3 years old), arranged all the animal pictures by sorting them under the right category. Brother (5 years old) was there to help her if she got stuck. I was pretty much hands-free during the entire activity.
Brother (a reader already) had the animal name cards in his hand. When Sister finished sorting her cards, Brother started placing the name cards under the right pictures. I only had to help him with one name.
Our third lesson was a lot of fun. I printed the Animal and Skeleton Matching Cards. I was planning on doing this activity with Brother (who’s 5 years old) because I figured he’d be fascinated with the skeleton pictures, but before I could invite him to do a fun work, he and his dad went for a bike ride around the neighborhood. So I invited Sister (almost 3 years old) to do it and she LOVED it! I’m so glad I asked her!
This set comes with instructions and everything, so it is easy to follow. First, she laid all of the cards down in two columns. Second, she named each animal. I helped her with “emu” and “beaver.” Third, she matched the skeleton pictures with those of the animals. I had to help her with the beaver and the rabbit, as both skeletons look alike.
All in all, she did AMAZING! We had a lot of fun with these cards. I am sure Brother will, too, when he gets a turn.
I didn’t laminate these because we have so many of these sets that it would take forever to laminate. But we do love a good thermal laminator and high-quality laminating pouches, along with a guillotine to make our lives easier. I am planning on laminating all of them soon because my children ask to work with them often.
I hope you enjoyed these lessons. I wanted to include a few more, but the printables weren’t found. These printables are up and running, so go download them for free while you can! Get some of these fun extras that I shared with you. They are very affordable and can be used for many other lessons. With these, you will be all set for some amazing lessons that your children will love.