As winter approaches in full force, my house has been full of activities relating to winter and the arctic. My kiddies requested that I circulate the basket of arctic animals into our toy rotation, and we came up with this activity, based strongly in Montessori philosophy: Arctic Animal Matching and do-it-yourself nomenclature cards.
The Montessori method is really big on nomenclature cards, and with a simple Google search you can find a million resources and printables. But, alas, I seldom purchase what I can make for myself, which is how I came to making own set of arctic animals nomenclature cards.
Begin by purchasing a set of arctic animal stickers such as these that I used: Polar Animals Stickers (Dover Little Activity Books Stickers) (affiliate). They are really inexpensive and ship very quickly, and best of all have realistic pictures of the animals. (Note: so save a bit on shipping, I usually order a book of other stickers for each theme, sometimes two if I want to make a matching game). I stuck them to 3×5 index cards and labeled the bottom of each card. Luckily, the stickers themselves are also labeled in the book. Finally, laminate for durability.
Now to match, you’ll need small arctic animal figurines. I bought this set: Wild Republic Polar in Nature Tube (affiliate), but to be honest, wouldn’t buy it again. It has several penguins in it. Penguins are NOT arctic animals. I have since purchased this set, and would recommend it over the other: Safari Ltd Arctic TOOB (affiliate).
We also read the following books to support our learning of the Arctic.
Now, invite your child to match the arctic animal figurine with the nomenclature cards you just made. I encourage my children to say the name of each animal as they make the match, and I encourage them to name physical characteristics about each animal and the nomenclature card to check their work.
For more arctic themed activities, see my post Eight Arctic Themed Preschool Activities.