I’m excited to share our latest subscriber freebie with you. It has a zoo theme, and it’s been expanded to cover more concepts and a wider age range! In addition to our new Montessori-inspired zoo pack, I have a special instant download from The Montessori Company and a list of free zoo printables!
The links are for free zoo printables for preschoolers through 1st graders. To keep my list manageable, I don’t share coloring pages unless a page has a specific educational purpose related to zoos and zoo animals.
At PreK + K Sharing, I tell how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired zoo activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations.
Free Printables Used in the Pictured Zoo Activities for Preschoolers-First Graders
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Shelves with Zoo-Themed Activities
My shelves with zoo-themed activities include a free hand-painted printable zoo culture card designed by The Montessori Company. You’ll also find Montessori-inspired zoo numbers and letters (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
The books on my top shelf are all Montessori friendly. They’re Zoo by Gail Gibbons, Life-Size Zoo, More Life-Size Zoo, and A Children’s Zoo. My 3-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, especially loves Life-Size Zoo and More Life-Size Zoo. Another favorite zoo book that she’s loved for a long time is One Gorilla (a Montessori-friendly counting book with fascinating realistic pictures. It’s in our book basket).
I also have a handmade book: Little Letter “Z” Book on the middle shelf. It uses a free printable: Little Letter “Z” Book from The Measured Mom. Check out my “Simple Easily Rotated Activity to Teach Letter Sounds to Toddlers and Preschoolers” to learn how we use these letter books, which have been some of Zoey’s favorites.
You could mix your zoo-themed activities among your shelves according to curriculum area. Or you could have a special zoo area something like the one pictured. My shelves this month have a mixture of skill levels, although they’re mainly for 3-5 year old pre-readers. You’ll find a couple of more advanced activities below. If you’re a homeschooler, just choose the activities that work for your child’s interests and ability levels. If you don’t have room for all the activities you’d like to do, just rotate them.
Zoo Culture Card (on Shelf with Life-Size Zoo and More Life-Size Zoo Books)
I’m happy to share with you a beautiful hand-painted zoo culture card from The Montessori Company. You can use it on your shelves to introduce a zoo theme. I’m hosting the free printable as an instant download at Living Montessori Now. You can always access the free zoo culture card here.
The description says: “At the zoo we can learn about animals from all across the world and see them up close safely.”
Free Printable: Animal Patterns from Mumma Diaries
For this activity, I simply used a Montessori Services basket with the printables – super easy! I did omit the cow and ladybug patterns because of the zoo theme. For a toddler, it would be wonderful to use this activity with large Schleich animals or Safari Ltd. animals to match each of the patterns.
Free Printable: Wildlife “I Have, Who Has” Game from PreKinders
This was another super-easy activity to prepare. I just used the printable along with a Montessori Services basket.
Subtract the Animals at the Zoo
Free Printable: Zoo Pack Update (part 5) from 3 Dinosaurs. There are also printables for counting the zoo animals (perfect for younger children), adding the zoo animals, and greater than/less than in the pack. For multiple ages, you could have more than one of the printables on the tray.
For this activity, I used the subtract the animals printable, 10 animals from the Safari Ltd. Wild TOOB, a Montessori Services basket for the animals, and a small bamboo condiment cup for the numbers.
Zoo-Themed Teen Number Cards with Montessori Bead Bars
Free Printable: Zoo Animal Numbers (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
For this activity, I used a piece of felt for a table mat and bead bars from the decanomial box in Montessori Services baskets. (My bead bars, which I love, are from Alison’s Montessori. You can get them on Amazon, although I haven’t personally used materials from those companies.)
Free Printables: Zebra Letters for Letter Z Object Basket (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
I used the “z” sandpaper letter, another tactile letter “z,” a magnetic letter “z,” a sandpaper numeral 0, a zebra, a zipper, and a laminated photo of Zoey for the/z/ sound. Zoey thinks this activity is lots of fun!
Free Printable: Zoo Pack Update (part 6) from 3 Dinosaurs
Free Printable: My 1″ Movable Alphabet (instant download available in manuscript, D’Nealian, or cursive)
Free Printable: We’re Going to the Zoo Unit Study and Lapbook by Ami Brainerd at Homeschool Share
For this activity, I used a multicraft tray, the pieces from the printable cut apart, and 5 different types of vertebrates. I used figures from the Safari Ltd. Rainforest TOOB plus a fish from the Safari Ltd. Coral Reef TOOB.
Free Printable: Zoo Creative Writing Printables (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
For this activity, I used a multicraft tray, the printables, a pencil, and a pencil sharpener for an added practical life activity. Advanced preschoolers on up can write their own story, while younger preschoolers can dictate a story for you to write. They could use either or both printables: “Tell about your favorite zoo animal” or “Tell about your trip to the zoo.”
Free Zoo Printables for Preschoolers-First Graders
Montessori-Inspired Zoo Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber)
- Montessori Animal Printables at Montessori Print Shop
- Montessori-Inspired Zoo Scavenger Hunts from Every Star Is Different
- Zoo Animal Photo Cards from Z to Z Teacher Stuff
- Zoo Theme Printables from A to Z Teacher Stuff
- Zoo Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
- Zoo Printables from Pre-K Pages
- Zoo Animals Bundle from Happy and Blessed Home
- Zoo Printable from Encouraging Moms at Home
- Zoo Animal Letter Sorting and Classifying by Attributes from Kidssoup
- Z is for Zoo Animals from Teaching Mama
- Zoo-Themed Learning Pack from This Sweet Life
- My Trip to the Zoo Booklet from Teaching Mama
- Zoo Printables from The Measured Mom
- Zoo Field Trip Animal Reports from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- 17 Zoo Scavenger Hunts from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- Zoo Bingo from Mom It Forward
- ESL Zoo Printables from ISL Collective
- Rainforest Animals Nomenclature and Match-up and Memory from 1+1+1=1
- Zoo Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers
- Zoo Printables from Teachers Notebook (the word search can’t be saved, so just search for zoo and free when you’re there)
More Zoo Posts and Resources
- Montessori-Inspired Zoo Animal Activities
- Montessori-Inspired Zoo Animal Unit
- Farm, Zoo, & Ocean Animal Sensory Bottles for Babies and Toddlers
- Using the Montessori 3-Period Lesson to Teach Vocabulary to a Toddler
- Montessori-Inspired Toddler Vocabulary with Animals and Silhouettes
- Zoo Animal Unit Study Pinterest Board
Please join me at PreK + K Sharing for ideas on how to use the free printables to create Montessori-inspired zoo activities: Montessori-Inspired Zoo Activities Using Free Printables.
Montessori Monday Link-Up
Except for content, this is a no-rules linky. If you have some Montessori-inspired activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. They can be for home or classroom. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post.
If you’re wondering what’s considered “Montessori inspired” and what to link up (or not link up), check out my “What Is Montessori Inspired?” post. Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date. Don’t link to giveaway posts (unless the giveaway is only part of a Montessori-inspired post). Giveaways in general should go on my giveaway linky. Also, don’t link directly to products. You can link up a review of a Montessori product or activity post related to a Montessori product.
I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky each Monday morning and keep the linky open throughout the week. I do a lot of sharing on the Living Montessori Now Facebook page from the Montessori Monday link-up. Thanks for participating!
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