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STEM for Kids - Match the Animal to its Features

Discover Early Years - STEM for Kids - Match the Animal to its Features
An activity to strengthen
An activity to strengthen
An activity to strengthen
Suitable for Discoverers ages
5-6 years old


In this activity we will

1. Learn about animals of the savannah and their key features.

2. Identify animals based on their features and categorise them.


Materials You Need

  1. Art paper
  2. Crayon / Colour Pencils
  3. Printables: Vocabularies, Features, Animals

Set it Up

  1. Print and cut out vocabularies, animals and animal features.

Steps to Guide Little Discoverers

  1. Sing the song ‘This is the Savanna by Pink Fong’ together.
  2. Introduce the animals, their names and discuss their features and characteristics. Mimic the animals where appropriate.
  3. Encourage them to read the name of animals and their features aloud.
  4. Play a matching game. Hide all the animals and play a matching game using key features by selecting a feature and ask for the correct animal. Example: Which animal has stripes?
Questions to help support their learning
  • What animal is this?
  • How many animals do you know that have this feature?
  • Do you know any other animals that have (_____)?
  • What is a savannah?


As children examine details of animals, they are gathering, matching and categorising information that will help them gain a deeper understanding of each animal of the savannah.

Key vocabularies to use:
Fur, skin, stripes, long tail, short tail, horn, tusks.

Ways to adapt the activity:
For beginners, match only one animal to one feature each. For example, elephant match skin, zebra with stripes and spots for cheetah.

For advanced learners, match the vocabulary to the correct animals and features or vice versa.

Continue the exploration by identifying more than 1 feature for one animal. For example, elephants have trunks, skin, and tusks.

What did we achieve?


By inviting children to take a closer look and examine animals in accordance to their features, children are exercising their observation skills, analysing and categorising information as they go along. This will strengthen their reasoning and logical thinking skills.