Friday, June 25, 2010

Plant & Animal Classification

This was a "Mom Project" that I finally finished up so that we could do it today. It was a hit.

Materials Needed: Sorting templates printed out on cardstock, scissors, tape, empty boxes, and a bowl. I created the template page below to use for this project. Comment if you want a copy and I can email you the pdf file. After I printed out the templates, I colored them in. You will probably want to laminate them as well.

1. Color and cut out the sorting templates.

2. Gather some empty Pasta Roni boxes (or another type of box) and cut off the top flaps.

3. Tape the animal/plant category templates to the front of the boxes.

4. Put your sorting pieces into a bowl for easy access.

5. Talk to your little one about the categories.

Statements I said while we looked at pictures:

Plants grow from the ground, We eat some plants, Some plants grow fruit. Plants get energy and food from the sun, ground, and air. This website is great to show kids to help them visualize some plants that they know.

Animals are alive. They move and they eat plants and/or animals to get energy and stay alive. You can look at pictures of animals here as you discuss this category.

6. Start sorting! You may have to model a few at first. My son just got going right away... but sometimes I had to remind him to look closely at the card. At one point I accidentally switched where the boxes were and that caused some confusion and required him to look at everything a lot more carefully.

7. Dump out each box once you're done sorting and start again!

We also practice moving around like the animals...


and growing like the plants.

big flower


  1. That looks like a great activity! I would have never thought of doing this but think it would be a great rainy day activity. Would you mind sending me the pdf? I would appreciate it.


  2. Susan- I have tried sending the pdf to you using both my email addresses, but the mail was returned. Let me know if you have another email address I can use.

  3. I just found your blog and just love it. I would love to get a copy of this activity if possible. My email is tramcdermott at yahoo dot com.

  4. Thanks Tracy- just sent you an email with the pdf file. Hope it works for you! Let me know if there are any problems.

  5. Hi there, I have recently starting reading your blog and you have some great activities (I think our sons are similar in age). I would love a copy of this activity. My email is
    Thanks, Rachael :)

  6. Any way I can get this one too? Thanks!
    I would be interested in anything you guys loved to play.
    Thanks Again!

  7. This looks like a great activity! I would love to have it.

  8. I just started reading your blog and would love a copy of this activity. My email is Thanks! Kristin

  9. This would be great to share with my little ones. Can you send it to me too!

  10. Can PLEASE send me a copy? Thanks!! pcisneros.rodriguez at gmail dot com

  11. Is it too late to request a copy? We are starting this unit in my kindergarten class and this activity would be perfect!

  12. Could I also get a copy? Thank you so much!

  13. I would also love a copy of the PDF. This is awesome! Thanks for the great idea!

  14. I would also love a copy of this! Thanks for the great idea!

  15. Could you please send me a copy of this file?
    It's such a cute idea :-)

  16. I would love a copy of this!
    Thank you!

  17. I would love a copy of this
    thank you very much

  18. I just found your blog on pinterest - do you still have the PDF's for this plant/animal sorting game and the file folder truck activity available to email? I would really appreciate it!! Thank you!

  19. Hi! I would LOVE to have the PDFs for the plant/animal sorting game to use as a whole class! Could you send it to my email? It's Thanks so much!


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