Mammals are the most familiar class of vertebrates for many children. Their favorite wildlife animals, such as zebras, lions, tigers, and bears, all belong to this group. We introduce children to mammals as animals that breathe air, have hair on their bodies, are warm-blooded, and can produce milk for their young. Children are excited to learn that they, too, belong to this classification. They are also intrigued by mammals that fly or live in the water, yet are not birds or horse. After learning about the wide variety of mammals that share our earth, we offer activities that highlight parts of a particular mammal (horse) and how these parts help the mammal to live and thrive.
Mammal Classified Cards ages 3 and up
Directions: Print and cut the mammal classified cards. Invite your child to admire them. Share the names of any mammals your child does not know.
Classified Cards with labels:
Classified Cards without labels:
Parts of a Horse Activities
Spoken Language: Parts of a Horse ages 3 and up
Directions: Share the Parts of a Horse definitions with your child. (Older children may read the definitions independently). If you have a pet cat or dog or live near a farm, take time to observe the animals living near your home.
Coloring Activity ages 3 to 4 ½
Directions: Use crayons to color the horse on the coloring sheet. You can choose to color one large horse or the individual parts of the horse, as described in the definitions. Use the control chart to see how you did!
Writing Activity ages 4 ½ and up
Directions: Use colored pencils to fill in the individual parts on the Parts of a Horse Writing sheet. Label the parts using beautiful cursive writing. Use the control chart to check your work.
Parts of a Horse- 3 Part Cards ages 5 and up
Directions: Print and cut the three-part cards. Each part of the horse will have a classified card, a printed slip, and a control card (depicting the classified card and its associated slip). Mix up the classified cards and slips. Use your knowledge of the parts of a horse to match the slips to the correct picture. Check your work with the control card.
Parts of a Horse- Definition Stages 1 and 2 ages 5 ½ and up
Directions: Independently read the definitions for the Parts of a Horse. Match the written description to the associated picture. Next, print and cut out the definition cards and the red Parts of a Horse definition labels. Read the definition card that is missing the term. Choose the red slip that completes the definition for each part of the horse. Use the control card or definition booklet to check your work.
Parts of a Horse- Definition Stage 3 ages 5 ½ and up
Directions: Review the definitions for the Parts of a Horse. Print and cut out the definitions of each part into strips. Use your knowledge of the part to reassemble the definitions. Use the control card or definition booklet (from Stage 1) to check your work.