10 Fun Ways to Teach Children How to Identify Different Animals

10 Fun Ways to Teach Children How to Identify Different Animals

10 Fun Ways to Teach Children How to Identify Different AnimalsLast September when I was out shopping for preschool materials for my youngest son, I picked up some animal flash cards. He was already learning about animals and the different sounds that they make at daycare when we decided to pull him out. If you are just starting a home preschool or teaching your child at home, you should add animals to your curriculum. Children love learning about animals because they are cute, fun, and make lots of noises that fascinate them.

Why Should You Teach Your Child About Animals?

Animals share the world around us. We all know that some animals are safe for children to be around. However, there are other types of animals that we want to teach our child to stay far away from. Showing your child photos of the different animals can help your child to be able to recognize them. As you are teaching your child how to recognize them, you can even go a step further and teach them a few facts about them including safety, caring for them, and what type of sound they make. For example, you wouldn’t want your child to bring home a poisonous snake or a skunk. If you own pets, you can use this opportunity to teach your child how to properly handle and care for their animals.

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18 Responses

  1. Echo says:

    Great ideas! We love Brown Bear and we also love the Animal Alphabet Song!

  2. Shannon says:

    What great ideas. Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. Mileecyrus says:

    Quite interesting article dear,..and thanks for the valuable tips

  4. Nikita says:

    These points you have mentioned here, reminds me of my childhood days.
    The ideas you have shared here, can really be helpful for children to identify animals.

  5. Ashley says:

    These are great ideas! Thank you!!

  6. Books are a great way to learn different animals if you don’t live near a place where you can see them in person, or you just don’t like going to zoos or circuses. And if you really get into it, with animal noises and everything, all the better!

    • Christy says:

      I didn’t even think about the circus when I wrote this post but I agree books are a great way to teach children about animals. My youngest son loves our animal flash cards and enjoys making the animal sounds.

  7. We use a lot of flashcards, interactive storybooks and storybooks too to talk about animals. My kids don’t really like “real” animals so we don’t visit zoos.

  8. patricia says:

    i used to have one of those crank thingies that spins and lands on the animal and thats how I learned them!

    • Christy says:

      I remember those toys, they were called See and Say. My grandmother had several different ones at her house for the kids to play with (she had a home daycare center). I don’t know if they are still available on the market.

  9. Such great ideas! I LOVE Brown Bear. Thank you for sharing this and I will be passing it on.

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