Animal skin matching game
Here are some free game cards for animal skin matching activities. These resources help children to recognise patterns and learn about animals. There are many different kinds of games you can play with the cards and they can also be used for older ESL students.
So far there are 36 animal skin matching game cards here on ESL Vault. The 18 featured animals are – cheetah, giraffe, crocodile, parrot, cow, lizard, bear, turtle, chicken, frog, fish, rabbit, deer, koala, snake, zebra, peacock, and rhino. Note that the don’t all have skins, some of the animals have, fur, scales, and feathers.
How to use the animal skin matching cards
Once you have printed and cut out the animal skin matching cards, there are a few different ways that you can use them.
The first and most obvious way to use them is to shuffle all the cards and get kids to match them together correctly. This is a good opportunity to also practice speaking.
Ask a student “What animal is this?” and point to a card. Make sure that they respond in complete sentences such as “It is a/an….” then follow up with further questions about the animals such as where they live, what they eat, and so on.
Next, you can get students to arrange the cards into categories such as skin or fur, American or African, big or small, and friendly or dangerous.
Younger students enjoy extra activities such as making the animal sounds and moving like the animal around the classtroom. You can of course use them to play all of their favourite flashcard games.
For older or more developed students, you can simply give them the skin cards (without the animal cards) and see if they can identify all the beasts correctly. If you want to make it even more difficult, print the pages in black and white only.
If you want a bigger puzzle with picture and word matching, check out the super animals ESL puzzle. For another similar activity that uses pattern recognition, try the close up picture quiz printables where you will find an animal eyes puzzle.
There are also heaps of other related animal resources here at ESL Vault, don’t be afraid to use the search bar!