Animal names are fun to learn when you try the wheel game. In the wheel game, children can take turns with the wheel. Aside from finding animals terms in preschool curriculums, you can use this activity for animal habitat learning.
Each time children move the wheel; an animal appears with the Spanish and English labels. In this way, children can learn the English-Spanish vocabulary as they see a picture and term.
To use this learning activity, simply follow the instructions:
Materials to Use for Animal Names Activity
- Free worksheets animal names
- Crayons, markers, or color pencils
- Safety scissors
- Construction paper or tag paper
- Fastener or brad
- Paper plate (optional)
- Print out the animal names worksheets
- Cut them out
- Cut out the small rectangle on page 2
- Set aside
- Color the animals if using black and white print outs
- Set aside
- Color the wheel with the rectangle
- Set aside
- Write the name of the rectangle wheel
- Insert the fastener through the black hole at the center of the wheel
- Take fastener out
- Repeat for the other wheel
- Take the fastener out
- Paste both wheels onto the construction of your choice
- Cut out wheels from construction paper
- Align the wheels together
- Reinsert the brad or fastener through the hole
- Fasten the brad loosely on the back of the wheels
- Move the wheel to see the names
For more fun ways in using the animal names game, you can cover the labels and have children say the farm animal names. You can also do the reverse. To review the Spanish terms, simply have anchor charts or post them on a whiteboard.
You can cover the picture and have the children say the animal names. To have more stability with the wheels, you can paste the back wheel (with the farm animals) onto a small paper plate. Then, you can insert the other wheel.
If you have multiple children, you can have fun by making pairs and have each other call out the animal names. Also, you can use a picture book for children to seek the animals.
As children look for animals in a book or magazine, you can turn the wheel to that animal. For more fun, children can sound out the animals and have one of them turn the wheel to find it.
With so many possibilities with this interactive game, you can teach children about farm animals, names, and print recognition. More importantly, children have fun while learning.