animal prints match game for scienceLearning about animals can take many forms. One way I love to look at the similarities and differences between animals is with this super simple and totally fun play dough printing activity. While your child is matching the animals to their prints they are looking at all the different features each animal has—noting which have big ears, fluffy fur, and even a horn! This easy puzzle gets children to slow down and examine these animals. After putting the play dough away,  extend the activity by looking up facts about each of the animals you used to learn more about their behavior, diet and habitat.

What You Will Need

animal prints for kids

  • a tray
  • play dough
  • animal figurines

How to Set Up The Activity

playdough animal prints
    • Start by flattening your play dough into circles.
animal prints in play dough
    • Press the animals into the play dough.
    • Remove the animals and place them in a group.
print and match animal game



print and match
  •  Ask your child to put the animals back in the correct play dough.
  • After my daughter matched them up she squished the play dough and made me a set to match. That’s when we really took the time to talk about each animal.


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About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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