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Play an Animal Matching Game and Charades
Make two sets of animal picture cards, and now you have two games to play wherever you explore.
  • Acting Like Animals print-out, 2 copies
  • Cardboard, such as an old cereal box
  • Clear contact paper (optional, if you want to laminate the cards)
  • Glue
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
Step 1
Put together two sets of small animal pictures.

Print "Acting Like Animals" two times.

Or you could have your family draw their own pictures of various animals, then make a copy of their drawings.

If your kids enjoy coloring, they can color in the pictures.

Make the pictures into small cards. Cut an old cereal box into panels and glue on the animal pictures. Then cut them into cards. Laminate with clear contact paper if you'd like.

Step 2
Play Animal Charades.
Take one set of the cards. Each family member can take one. They act out the animal while the other family members guess. Here's someone acting the part of a cricket.
Step 3
You can play this game when you are out on a bike ride.

Need a break during your ride? Pull out your cards and have a quick game.

Here a boy pretends to be a fish.

Step 4
Now you can play the Animal Matching Game.
Find a flat surface such as a picnic table or bench. Shuffle the two sets of cards together. Now you can play a matching game where you get to turn over two cards. If they match, you get to keep them. If not, you flip them back over.
Step 5
Both these games are appropriate for a wide range of ages.
If you like matching games, Ranger Rick has many online matching games as well.
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