“Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O”
What kid doesn’t love Old McDonald? This is one of my daughter’s favorite songs at the moment so I thought it would be fun to come up with a learning activity that went along with it.
Animal Matching Cards Printable
We created this free easy animal matching cards printable. Matching helps get kids thinking and they often times see it as a game.
This game is so versatile and easy and I’m sure your little one will love it. Let’s jump in!
Animal Matching Game Supplies
All you need for this game is some play farm animals and your printed cards.
Once you print the cards be sure to cut them.
There are colored versions as well as black and white. I know sometimes people might not have ink or might not like to use it a lot (ME!) so I always like to include a black and white version.
I recommend printing them on cardstock to help them hold up longer. You could also laminate them to make them last even longer.
Once you have your cards all ready and cut all you need to do is lay them out on the floor or table.
Show your child how to match the toy animal to the right animal card.
There are so many different ways to use this depending on the age of your child.
If your child is younger you can just have them match the animal to the card and you can say the name of the animal and have them repeat it.
You could also ask them what color the animal is or what sound the animal makes.
Get them using those language skills as much as possible!
You can also print out the color and the black and white versions and use them as matching cards. Have your little one match the colored one to the black and white one.
You can do the same for older children and they will love it but if you want to make it a little bit harder I have some ideas.
You could have them match the animal and tell you the letters in the animal’s name or even the sounds of the letters if they know them.
You can also print the color and the black and white sets of cards and make a more difficult matching game.
All you’ll need to do is take the colored cards and cut the words off the cards in a straight line.
Mix up all the animals and words. Then lay out the whole black and white cards and have the child match the animal and the word to the black and white card.
This helps with matching pictures and words.
Montessori Animal Matching Cards
These cards are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways.
Be sure to sing Old McDonald while you play for some added fun! Let me know if you try them out, I would love to know how you like them!