These printable wild animal picture-word cards include mostly African safari animals, but a few other wild animals. There are 16 cards in all. Find more Wild Animal Activities for Preschool here!
African animal cards include: lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, hyena, crocodile, ostrich, gazelle, baboon.
Also included: tiger and peacock (Indian animals), panda (China), koala (Australia). These wild animals are included in case someone uses a “wild animals” theme rather than specifically an “African animals” theme.
Also included are two additional cards with “hippo” and “rhino”. There are cards with the complete word as well, so you can choose which you prefer for your preschoolers.
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Using the cards in the classroom:
You can place these cards in a pocket chart on the wall of your writing center. I always include a set of picture-word cards in my writing center pocket chart that matches our current theme.
Kids can take the word cards out of the pocket chart and take them to the table to copy onto their paper. It’s simple to slip them back into the pockets when they’re done.
You can also make little picture dictionaries by punching a hole in the corner and hooking them together with binder rings. I’ve provided a gray dot in the upper left corner to punch. You could also bind them with binding combs. The picture dictionaries work great if you don’t have space for a pocket chart, or if you want to keep other sets of picture word cards in the writing center.
You can use the word cards to have children spell the words with magnetic letters or letter tiles.
Use them for practice syllables in words.
More ideas for using these cards:
- Use them on a word wall.
- Hook them together on a binder ring to make a picture dictionary.
- Use the blank set to write words in other languages or other writing styles (e.g. D’Nealian). Or use them for modeled writing activities.
Download the Wild Animal Word Cards:
Note: This is a free printable, just click to download.