Children love to learn about pets! I’ve compiled some of the pet themed resources for preschool that I have used with my preschoolers plus others I’ve found to add to our unit when we do it again!
Even if children don’t own a pet, they love to learn about them! A pet-theme unit is a wonderful way to introduce young children to different animals and how to care for them.
Pet Theme Books:
Hi Cat! By Ezra Jack Keats
Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats
Pull out the pet word cards. Talk about the different pets and what they need.
Bring in various stuffed animal pets. Have the children tell what each animal is. Talk about how we take care of the animals. Do they have a pet? What kind of pet would they like? Using their stuffed animals, have them create a pet show.
After reading some of the stories the girls took turns playing the dog color match game found here.
Then we colored a stick puppet parrot. (I can’t remember the source–will try to find it.)
Later in the week we talked about how God wants us to care for our pets. I created two pet coloring sheets—one with (free printable–>) “God wants us to care for our pets” and one that just says (free printable –>) “Pp is for Pets”. Feel free to use them!
One of the activities I wanted to do this year with my almost 4yr. old was to develop a word wall. Well I just don’t have the wall space to do that. Carissa at 1+1+1=1 came up with ABC cards that fit in a baseball card sleeve. Since we are using those and already have our notebook set up, I decided to create a couple of themed word cards (I’ll be sharing more of them in the next couple of weeks). My daughter loves to “read” her notebook. You can download the (free printable –>) PET THEMED WORD CARDS here.
Other Pet-Themed Resources for Preschool:
Books, pet counters, puzzles and more
Free Pet-Themed Printable Pack from Free Homeschool Deals
Pet-themed sensory bin from Totally Tots
P is for Puppy Preschool Pack from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Dogs Preschool Pack from Homeschool Creations
If you Give a Cat a Cupcake (cute cat game) – plus free printables
Cats Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1
Preschool Fish Theme plus free printable journal
Follow Maureen Spell’s board Pet Theme Activities on Pinterest.
Looks great! We sorta had a pet theme focused on dogs this week (will share next week). The dog color matching game would have been perfect!
Thanks Michelle! Looking forward to your post next week! 🙂
What great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
Deb @ Living Montessori Now says
Thanks for all the great pet resources and thanks so much for sharing your pet themed word cards, Maureen. I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-inspired pet activities post today. 🙂
Maureen Spell says
Thank you Deb!