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Overview and benefit
This activity is a matching game where children try to pair up animal cards with pictures of where they live This teaches children about the animals they would find on a farm and some of the buildings that are used to house them. As a matching and sorting activity it is also good for their problem solving skills and their visual memories.
- Laminated large pictures & blu tak
- Laminated small pictures (in bags if desired)
- Posting boxes (if desired)
- Accompanying music
- Two to three weeks
How it works
Children are given pictures of different farm animals and asked to match their animal with the picture of its home around the room. Pictures include:
- Pig – sty
- Chicken – hen house
- Cow – barn
- Horse – stable
- Dog – kennel
- Sheep – field
- Bird – nest
What to do in the class
You will have 7 A4 pictures of places animals live. Stick this around the hall walls with blu tak. You will have small pictures of 7 different animals (you will need lots of copies of each). Laminate these and put a small piece of blu tak on the back of each. Give each child an animal card and ask the child to find where that animal lives and put their card next to it on the wall. The first few times you do this, you could give the children a ‘clue’ by already sticking up one card of each animal on its home picture so the children who find it hard can start just by matching their animals.
Alternatively, you could make a ‘house’ for each of the animals and put underneath the corresponding large home picture. These could be empty tissue boxes covered in brown paper. When children find the correct picture of their home, they post their small animal picture into the box beneath.
The small animal pictures could be given out by the instructor to each child as and when they have posted or stuck up their last animal. Alternatively, give each adult a small bag containing the pictures of each animal and ask the children to take out a picture one at a time. This will ensure they visited all 7 homes and will avoid crowds around the instructor. If time is tight, only put 4 pictures into the bag.
Possible background music for the activity:
- Old MacDonald
- Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
- Oats Peas Beans and Barley Grow
Adaptation for older/younger children
For younger children use a smaller selection of animals and homes, perhaps just four.
What to do in a nursery setting
Give each child a couple of Animal cards and have them sit on the floor in front of you. Hold up and an A4 card and ask ‘Who lives in this house, have you got an animal that would live here. Praise the children who give the correct response and praise all for trying too.