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Baby Animal Names – A Matching Activity

Baby Animal Names – A Matching Activity from All About Reading

Happy Mother’s Day!

In honor of moms everywhere, we have a special downloadable activity sheet today: “Baby Animal Names!”

When I was growing up, I was always enchanted by the special bond between animal moms and their babies. I was also delighted to learn that there are special names for many animal babies.

Did you know that a baby platypus is called a puggle? Or that a baby grouse is called a cheeper? Such fun words!

In this free downloadable activity, you and your child will match animal babies with their mommas. At the same time, your child will become familiar with names for baby animals that she may not have heard before. This exposure will help build your child’s vocabulary, thereby increasing her reading comprehension.


Match the Baby Animals with Their Mommas!

It’s a simple activity. First have your child cut out the animal cards and the Mother and Baby labels.

little girl cutting out baby animal name playing cards

Place each card in the appropriate “Mother” or “Baby” group.

playing baby animal names matching game

Then help the baby animals find their mommas. You can help your child build her vocabulary by reading and discussing the words together as she finds each match.

child baby animal matching game cards

How Does This Activity Fit into an AAR lesson?

This matching activity is an example of the kind of vocabulary-building exercise that you’ll find in All About Reading.

Free Download

“Baby Animal Names” is adapted from an activity included in All About Reading Level 4, Lesson 17. Download this lesson to see how we use activities to reinforce reading skills throughout the program.

Is your child hooked on learning baby animal names? Here are a few more word pairs you can use.

More Momma and Baby Pairs

alligator/hatchling
alpaca/cria
ape/baby
bat/pup
butterfly/caterpillar
chicken/chick
deer/fawn
elephant/calf
fly/maggot
hedgehog/piglet
leopard/cub
mouse/pinkie
penguin/chick
seal/pup
spider/spiderling
whale/calf
zebra/foal
platypus/puggle

What are your or your child’s favorite baby animal names? Share in the comments below!

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Kara S.

says:

Any marsupial baby is called a joey–these include: kangaroos, wombats, koalas, wallaroos, opossums, sloths, Tasmanian Devils, and other lesser known ones. (I think there are almost 100 species of marsupials in America and almost 240 in Australia.)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Good to know, Kara! What a fun fact, as it would lead directly into a discussion as to what makes a mammal a marsupial. Lots of learning!

Nicole DeTuccio

says:

this is so cute!

Angelique Strauss

says:

This is very cute. My daughter is quite into animals, she loves animals. I know she will enjoy this :) Thanks

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Angelique!

Kim Barnes

says:

My kids will love playing this game!

Cathy

says:

Did you know that rabbits have kittens? :-) Baby rabbits are called kittens, or “kits” for short.
We have pet rabbits, and love adorable tiny kits.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

What a nice name for baby rabbits! Thanks for sharing! :)

April

says:

Thanks for this great game. My daughter is going to love it!

Sela Y

says:

What fun! I’m actually thinking I’m going to use this as an activity for my oldest (who’s 8) and my youngest (who’s 3) to do together while I do schoolwork with the middle one. She loves to help him learn things, and she’s an excellent little mama. Thanks for the extra activity!

katie

says:

These look great! Thank you! I can’t wait to use them with my daughter.

Julie W

says:

It has been a rough week here. Sunday my boy spiked a fever and started with a nasty cold. Monday we put in paperwork to buy a house. Tuesday my husband was summoned for National Guard Duty in the middle of nowhere, leaving me in charge of house negotiations (no pressure!) Wednesday I came down with the dreaded cold.

The kids have watched way too much television this week, so I think we will spend Mothers Day doing a lot of quiet, screen free activities together. My voice is too sore to do read alouds, so this matching activity will be perfect! Hubby might be able to call tonight, which would be an awesome Mothers Day Gift!

Julie,
Oh, hugs! What a stressful week for you. Thirteen years of homeschooling (my oldest graduates in just one month!), has taught me that sometimes the ups and downs of life is the lesson. It all works out.

I hope you got your phone call, and I pray that everything works together for you to have a lovely week.

t edwards

says:

This looks like a really fun activity.

Rebecca

says:

Thank you for this, I think the kids are going to love it!

Alicia Gut

says:

Thanks! My daughter will love playing this game!

Jackie

says:

3 other animals that come to mind are Chicken/Chick; Dog/Puppy and Cat/Kitten

Lynn M

says:

Thanks for this and thanks for the black and white version. I appreciate it!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

We included the black and white version as a test, to see if it would be helpful for those without color printers. Thanks for the feedback–we’ll continue to create both versions!

Fe

says:

We used Puggle (which is also a baby echidna) as a ‘belly-name’ for our oldest. Cygnet (baby swan) and Howlet (baby owl) were our belly-names for our younger two. (The second child was a bit different, we went with a small native animal instead of a baby one, so she’s a Bilby.)
Can’t wait to play this with the younger kids:-) Thanks so much for including the b/w version, as well as colour:-)

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Ah, so sweet, Fe! Thanks for sharing your children’s belly-names! This activity will have extra-special meaning for your kids! :)

Karen

says:

My son LOVES all the little games you provide in AAR. We started at AAR2 but I wish we had started at AAR1! You’ve given me lots of great ideas of how to incorporate games into the practice sheets also. He begs to start the school day with reading every day!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Oh, good, Karen! I’m thankful to hear that the games within AAR have been a boon for you and your son! We want kids to enjoy learning more than anything, so it’s such a blessing to hear that we’ve encouraged having fun in your household!

Angela

says:

This is great! Thank you so much! We just finished playing with these and another think you could do is flip them over and play “memory” by picking up a mother and baby word card and see if they match.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Oh, that’s a great idea, Angela! Thank you for sharing!

Cary

says:

What a great idea!

Angie

says:

Just started your spelling program yesterday, and the kids were excited about it! This book looks sweet.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Yay for starting spelling, Angie! I hope you enjoy the program! Let us know if you have any questions as you get started.

Mary Holman

says:

Love this. My daughter will be excited to learn the name of the baby platypus since she loves them.

Cristie

says:

My 4 year old is so interested in animals and their babies. We participated in a homeschool science fair and she made a poster of all the baby animals that are called calves. We actually found at least 18 of them. She will love this! Thank you.

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

What a fun science fair project! I didn’t know that there were 18 baby animals called calves!

Tara Sasser

says:

This is such a cute download! Thank you so much

Tara

says:

I love your programs. And these freebies are just such a nice added bonus. You can tell you all really care about helping children learn to read and spell! Keep up the good work you guys :D

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Aww, thank you for your encouragement, Tara! Our team here at AALP cares about helping kids learn how to read and spell more than anything! And we want them to have fun while doing it.

Great program! Wonderful tools!

Elizabeth Beer

says:

The baby animal word, “calf” makes my little one laugh, since she thinks of her leg, not a baby cow, when she hears the word. :) She also likes “joey.”

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

A child after my own heart! I was always tickled by homonyms like “calf” and “calf,” too!

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