Animals of the Continents Sorting and Matching Free Printable

You are invited to download this continent printable with clear images of animals for preschool and kindergarten students. Children of the 3-5 age group go through a sensitive period of interest that sparks a desire to learn about living creatures and animals often become the center of their fascination.

Learning about animals in preschool

Preschool is the perfect time to introduce children to the fascinating world of animals. Simple worksheets, crafts, and activities can help children learn about the different types of animals, their habitats, and their characteristics. Animal flashcards and books can be used to teach children the names and features of animals.

Counting games and puzzles are fun ways to teach children about animal groups such as herds, flocks, and schools. Field trips to the zoo or aquarium are also a great way for preschoolers to see animals up close and learn more about them. Overall, learning about animals can help preschoolers develop empathy, curiosity, and a love for nature.

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Sorting Activities for Preschool

Sorting activities are a great way to reinforce important basic mathematics concepts while allowing preschoolers to have fun and explore their environment. Some great ideas include sorting blocks or shapes by color, size, or shape, sorting pieces of food by type (such as fruits, vegetables, and grains), sorting clothing items by color or type, and sorting household items like toys or kitchen items. These activities can be easily adapted for different skill levels and make for a great hands-on learning experience for young children.

Animals of the continents

Animals are abundant on all continents, each with its own unique species. The Americas are home to jaguars, bald eagles, and grizzly bears. Africa is widely known for its lions, elephants, and giraffes. Australia is famous for its kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils. The forests of Asia are inhabited by pandas, tigers, and orangutans.

Penguins, seals, and polar bears thrive in the icy landscapes of Antarctica. Europe boasts animals like brown bears, wolves, and lynx. Whether found on land, in the air, or beneath the sea, animals are an essential part of the ecosystems that sustain our planet.

Here is what’s included

  • Continent map x 7 with labels
  • Continent map x 7 with labels and black and white animal images for matching
  • Animal round cards (5 per continent) x 35
  • PowerPoint file with editable labels for use in a different language

This printable is designed to go along with the Safari TOOB toys. You can find packs with figurines included in the printable here.
Younger children can be invited to sort and match animals using continent rounds with black and white images. Print on cardstock, and cut the round mats and animals. Laminate if desired.

Alternatively, print color pages for sorting. After cutting (and laminating) mark the flip side of each animal card with the corresponding color using stickers, pencils, or permanent markers for self-check. After sorting animals into the continents, children can flip all animal cards and self-correct if needed.

For smaller size cards, check the ‘print 2 pages per sheet’ option.
Gather world continent maps and print them on A3 paper if you can. Invite the children to sort toy animals or cards into continents they belong.

PowerPoint file contains all the same resources as the main file. The difference is that you can edit all continent and animal labels if you wish to change the font or translate it into a different language.

Don’t forget to gather animal figurines to create fun hands-on picture-to-image matching activity for your students.

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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