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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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LuJean Holst

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Thanks for creating this. I will be using it to teach children at church how they have the potential to become like Heavenly Father.

Jannette

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To cute

Luciana

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is so great angela

Luciana

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hello mi name is luciana and y liked so much

EMILY KEPLEY

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This is too cute! I am excited to use with my kids as it should work well with multiple ages!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Emily! I hope you and your kids have a lot of fun with this activity.

megan whiteaker

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so fun and cute. cant wait to try this

Nancy C.

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Absolutely love this free activity! So fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great to hear, Nancy! Thank you.

Rachel Bradley

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This is super cute and a fun way to learn about the baby animals! Thank you for sharing!

Bobbie

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What a great way to connect the concept of motherhood to nature.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Bobbie!

Joanna

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That is such a cute activity! I love your printable activities.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Joanna!

Tessa

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I am having downloading it. Would you be able to email it to me? Thank you!

Robin E.

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Are you still not able to download this, Tessa? I’m sorry you are having difficulties. See if this works: Baby Animal Names.

Please let me know if you are still having difficulties and what device you are using and what browser.

Tessa Stinson

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Thank you!

Malorie

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This is exactly why we love your programs! They are interesting, to the point, and hands on! Thanks for this bonus freebie.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Malorie. And think you for the kind words about the AAR and AAS programs!

Charne Paulsen

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Good afternoon my son is in grade 3 and i need help with his literacy

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m sorry to hear your son is struggling Charne. Have you seen our 10 Tips for Reaching Your Struggling Learner blog post? Do you have specific concerns or areas you are looking for help with?

kidstuffgirl

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What an adorable activity! I’ll share this with the kids to play with grandma on Mother’s Day!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, what fun that will be! What a great idea; thank you for sharing it!

bn100

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cute ideas

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you!

Cassie

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I love your free resources. It’s wonderful to see a company that gives as well as sells.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Cassie!

Kara S.

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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

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

Marie Rippel

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You’re welcome, Angelique!

Kim Barnes

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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

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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

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

Julie W

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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

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This looks like a really fun activity.

Rebecca

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

Alicia Gut

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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!