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Kids, at almost every age, love animals.
From the cute and the cuddly to the creepy and the crawly, there’s just something about animals that small children love.
Yesterday, we covered the insects with a file folder game and today we’re covering a few more of the cute and cuddly type with this night at the zoo shadow matching file folder game that your preschooler or kindergartner is going to love!
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to spend a night at the zoo, this fun file folder game might be right up your alley!
Your child will not only get to work on the names of the animals (and possibly any sounds that they make), but they’ll also be able to work on their early math skills as they match each of the zoo animals to their shadows.
Assembling the Night at the Zoo Shadow Matching Game
To build this game at home, you’ll need:
- The printable night at the zoo shadow matching game (below)
- Clear contact paper
- Velcro dots
- Laminator (optional)
- A manila file folder
As always, start by printing and cutting out all of the pieces to the game and the cover.
Attach the game’s cover to the front of your file folder using some clear contact paper. To make this step easier, use some double-sided tape to hold the cover in place while you lay the contact paper over top.
Use some more contact paper to adhere each of the animal shadows to the inside flaps of your folder.
Finish the inside of your game off by adding Velcro dots to each of the animal shadows.
Finally, run the colored animal pictures through your laminator for durability and the add the opposite Velcro dots to the back of each animal.
Using the Night at the Zoo Shadow Matching Game
When your game is put together, have your child go through each of the animals and name them while matching them to their shadow.
You can also work on the sounds that each animal might make while you work your way through them.
When you’re all done playing, use some clear packing tape to attach a small plastic baggie to the back of your folder to hold all of your pieces. Then it’ll be ready to play again when you are!