Do you have wooden animals? A bunch of Holztiger perhaps? And looking for new ways to help your children learn about animals?
I created this Montessori type three part card series for the Holztiger animals (don’t worry Ostheimer and Schleich lovers, I’m making sets for you too).
The Montessori three part card series is much more than a flashcard – it helps children learn words through sight, assign them to a visual representation (a photo), and match.
To make a three part series you will need to make 2 (TWO) copies of the pdf. Then the first page you cut along the lines with each animal and their name. On the second copy you have, cut the animals AND the words.
For longevity, I recommend laminating the papers. The Scotch Thermal laminator is $21.99 on sale and is a work horse.
Place a small group of animal cards out on a table. I recommend 4-6 cards. For younger children, use the animal+name card. You can group the animals by type (reptile, mammal, bird) or location (Africa, wildlife, Australia, woodland, farm), or something else (what you have on hand).
Then, place the animal cards (without name) and name only cards in another pile. Now show your children how this works if they have never done this before.
Once you model how to match, let them try!
Other ways to play:
Match the card to the wooden toy animal.
Match the animal card (without name) to the name card.
How to get the Holztiger animal printables for FREE. Sign-up below using the link and you’ll get cards delivered to you. Currently the Africa set is available but I’m working hard to get the rest done!