Lion themed learning printables and hands-on activities for children

Lions are powerful and majestic creatures that capture the hearts and imaginations of people of all ages. In this post, we will explore a variety of Montessori-inspired printables and hands-on activities designed to help preschool, kindergarten, and Grade 1 students learn all about lions. From 3 part cards and information cards about the lion life cycle and anatomy to student booklets and diagrams detailing different types of lions and their characteristics, these resources provide a comprehensive look at these fascinating animals. Whether your child is interested in African animals, grasslands, wild cats, or simply loves lions, these activities are sure to engage and educate young learners.

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about lions

Lions are fascinating animals with a unique life cycle, anatomy, and distinct characteristics that make them one of the most majestic creatures in the animal kingdom.
Let’s explore these aspects in a way that is easy for kids to understand:

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Life Cycle:

  • Lions start their life as tiny cubs, usually born in a litter of 2-4 cubs.
  • Cubs are born blind and helpless, relying on their mother for protection and food.
  • As they grow, cubs start to play and learn important skills like hunting and socializing from their parents.
  • By the age of 2-3 years, young lions leave their family pride to establish their own territory and find a mate to start their own families.


  • Lions are known for their golden fur, majestic mane (for male lions), and strong bodies.
  • They have sharp teeth and claws for hunting prey like antelope and zebras.
  • Lions have excellent eyesight, and keen senses of hearing and smell, making them skilled predators in the wild.
  • Male lions are larger and have impressive manes, while female lions (lionesses) are smaller but are equally skilled hunters.


  • Lions are social animals that live in groups called pride, consisting of several related lionesses, their cubs, and one or more male lions.
  • They are known for their loud roars that can be heard from miles away, used to communicate with other pride members and mark their territory.
  • Lions are apex predators, sitting at the top of the food chain in their ecosystems.
  • They are strong and brave animals, often symbolizing courage and strength in many cultures and stories.

Learning about Lions in a classroom

Lions are fascinating creatures that captivate the imagination of children with their majestic presence and powerful roars. Learning about lions can be an enriching experience for preschool, kindergarten, and Grade 1 students as they discover the intricacies of the lion’s life cycle, anatomy, and unique characteristics. Understanding the life cycle of lions, from cubhood to adulthood, can provide insight into the growth and development of these magnificent animals. Exploring the anatomy of lions, such as their sharp teeth, powerful muscles, and keen senses, allows children to appreciate the physical traits that make lions such formidable predators in the wild.

Studying lions is important for young learners as it helps them develop a deeper connection to nature and an appreciation for the diversity of wildlife on our planet. By learning about lions, children gain a greater understanding of the importance of conservation efforts to protect these endangered animals and their habitats. Understanding the role that lions play in the ecosystem as top predators helps students grasp the delicate balance of nature and the interdependence of all living creatures.

Incorporating a lion theme into an Africa Unit for preschool, kindergarten, and Grade 1 students can be a fun and engaging way to explore the continent’s rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. Teachers can plan activities that involve lion-themed arts and crafts, storytelling sessions about African folktales featuring lions, and interactive lessons that teach children about the geography and habitats of Africa where lions roam. Students can create lion masks, draw pictures of lions, and even role-play as lions to bring the learning experience to life. By integrating a lion theme into the Africa Unit, educators can create a holistic and immersive learning environment that sparks curiosity, fosters empathy for wildlife, and expands children’s knowledge of the world around them.

Lion themed hands on activities for children

  • Lion habitat diorama: Have the children collaborate to create a diorama of a lion’s habitat, including savannah grasslands, trees, and other animals that coexist with lions. Discuss the environment, climate, and food sources for lions as they work on the diorama.
  • Lion paw print exploration: Create lion paw print stencils or use toy lion paw prints to make impressions in clay or playdough. Observe and compare the size and shape of the paw prints to learn about how lions use their paw prints for hunting and marking territory.
  • Lion camouflage experiment: Discuss how lions use their fur coloration to blend in with their surroundings. Provide different colored backgrounds and ask the children to place toy lions of corresponding colors to camouflage them. Discuss why lions have evolved this camouflage and how it helps them survive in the wild.
  • Lion food chain game: Create a lion food chain board game where children act as different animals in the food chain, including lions, zebras, antelopes, and plants. The game helps teach children about the importance of each organism in the ecosystem and how energy is transferred through the food chain.
  • Lion sensory bin: Fill a sensory bin with items related to lions, such as toy lions, grass, rocks, and small animal figurines. Encourage children to explore the different textures, colors, and shapes while discussing the characteristics of lions and their habitat.
  • Lion roar experiment: Discuss how lions use their roars to communicate with each other and mark their territory. Have children experiment with different objects to create loud sounds similar to a lion’s roar, such as blowing through a cardboard tube or using a rubber band on a tissue box.
  • Lion anatomy exploration: Provide children with lion anatomy diagrams or figurines to explore the different body parts of a lion, including their teeth, claws, muscles, and fur. Discuss the function of each body part and how it helps lions survive in their habitat.
  • Lion tracking project: Create a tracking project where children investigate different animal tracks, including lion tracks. Provide plaster of Paris or clay to make imprints of the tracks and discuss how tracking is used by scientists to study animal behavior and movements in the wild.
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Lion learning pack

Incorporating Lion Montessori printables into the curriculum for preschool, kindergarten, and Grade 1 students can be a fun and educational way to explore the world of lions. Here are some ideas on how to effectively use these printables:

  • Introduction to Lions: Start by introducing the topic of lions to the students using engaging visuals such as diagrams and information cards. This can help build background knowledge and generate interest in the subject.
  • Life Cycle Activities: Use the 3 part cards and student booklets to teach students about the different stages of a lion’s life cycle, from birth to adulthood. Encourage students to match the pictures and labels, and discuss the changes that occur as a lion grows.
  • Anatomy Lessons: Utilize diagrams and information cards to explore the anatomy of a lion with the students. Discuss the various body parts of a lion, their functions, and how they help the lion survive in the wild.
  • Types of Lions Exploration: Introduce students to the different types of lions through visuals and information cards. Discuss where these lions are found, their unique characteristics, and adaptations to their habitats.
  • Characteristics Analysis: Engage students in learning about the key characteristics that define lions as a species. Use these visual aids such as posters and color cards to highlight the physical and behavioral traits of lions.
  • Hands-on Activities: Incorporate hands-on activities such as coloring, cutting, pasting, and tracing exercises using the printables to reinforce learning and make it interactive for students.
  • Integration into Lessons: Incorporate lion-themed activities into various subjects geography (mapping out lion habitats).
  • Collaborative Projects: Encourage collaborative learning by having students work together on projects related to lions, such as creating a lion habitat diorama or presenting a research project on a specific type of lion.

By integrating Lion Montessori printables into the classroom in a structured and interactive manner, educators can create a rich learning experience that enhances students’ understanding of lions and fosters their curiosity about the natural world.

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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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