Just in time for Earth Month in April, here are preschool science activities. Try this animal classification bingo games to teach animal taxonomy to early childhood students. As a special needs Montessori teacher and homeschool mom, I was always looking for ways to make learning interactive and fun. I invented these preschool science activities to explore animal classification, habitats. taxonomy and elementary school life science lesson plans.
Put that huge collection of stuffed animals and plastic toy animals to use, playing animal bingo games. Do these animal classification taxonomy lesson plans at home or as preschool science activities at school. First, collect stuffed animals, toy animals, plastic animals and even magazines with pictures of animals. Cartoon character animals from Disney, Warner Brothers, etc., are fine to use as long as they’re real animal and not imaginary creatures. Cannibalize National Geographic, Big Back Yard and Ranger Rick magazines for pictures of animals.
Next, make a large Bingo board on the floor with masking tape. Each square should be about 8×12 inches large. Make large signs from recycled cardboard for each category on the bingo board. For animal classification bingo games, make categories labeled: Mammal, Fish, Reptile, Bird, Insect and Amphibian. For more challenging elementary or preschool science activities, play habitats bingo games. List habitats (also called biomes): Desert, Rain Forest, Eastern Woodland, Ocean, Wetland Marsh, Pond, Arctic Tundra, Savanna/Grassland
Play animal classification bingo games in several ways. Call out a taxonomy category, let students come up and select a toy animal to place in one of the boxes under the category. Students may also use their own collections for animal bingo games. Give each child a blank bingo sheet labeled with taxonomy category or animal habitats. If he has an animal in that category, he puts a bingo marker on the box.
You might also call categories and let students choose which, if any of the animals he has, to put in the category. Play animal classification bingo games with older students using animal word cards or picture flashcards. Using stuffed animals makes for more hands-on preschool science activities and more fun for kids. It was pretty cute to see Pooh bear sitting in the Eastern Woodland habitats category and the Very Hungry Caterpillar in Insects. Even our cat got in on the game when our oldest daughter got the bright idea to plop him in the Mammal category. This game works well for group instruction; students learn from each other and great discussion ensues.