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Although we don’t intend to do formal schooling with my preschooler, Bo, we still love doing no-prep totschooling activities together. One of Bo’s favorite activities is sorting. She loves sorting colors, numbers, letters, and all manner of other items. I set up a little sorting activity for her to help her learn what different types of animals eat. This was a fun way to introduce how animals can have different nutritional needs.
No-Prep Toschooling: Animal Diet Classification
For this no-prep totschooling activity, you will need to gather a few different supplies from around the house. This is what we used:
- Little People Farm Animals (or other toy animals)
- Butcher paper
- Animal food (we used grass, red manipulatives, a small cosmetic sponge, popcorn, toy sandwiches, and toy bugs)
I kept the set-up for this activity super simple. I gathered animal food-like items from the kid’s toys and placed them inside six circles (big enough to set the animals in). I wrote the name of each food inside each circle. I included “lunch” because that is Bo’s favorite meal and she had little farmers as well as animals.
After setting up the circles, I had Bo take the animals and place them inside each circle based on what that animal ate. Some of the options were open to interpretation, so you can decide for yourself whether a cow, for example, is an eater of grass or grain. We coached Bo on what the animals ate if she placed them in the incorrect circles. For the most part, however, she was able to classify the animals completely on her own.
Bo had a lot of fun pretending to make the animals eat the food after she classified them. She particularly enjoyed letting the people eat lunch and the bunnies eat grass.
I loved this activity because it was so simple and didn’t take any preparation at all, which is usually essential for preschool projects in our house!
More No-Prep Totschooling Ideas
More Educational Activities with Small Toys
Car Parking Lot Preschool Math Grid Game from Life Over C’s
Alphabet Car Wash from Learning 2 Walk
Sorting and Counting with Die-Cast Trains from Crafty Mama in ME*****************
Directionality Activity with Small Cars from Teach Me Mommy
Forest Animals Letter Sounds Activity from Stir the Wonder
Learning Shapes with Toy Cars from Adventures of Adam
What Makes Ice Melt Fastest from Raising Little Superheroes
Fun DIY Phonics Game from Mum in the Madhouse
Color Mixing with Toy Cars from The Kindergarten Connection
AM and PM Time Telling with Shopkins from Sugar Aunts
Sorting Animals Venn Diagram Activity from Mom Inspired Life
Hands-on Way to Learn Letter Sounds from School Time Snippets
Fairies & STEM Activities: Gardening with Kids from Edventures with Kids
Name & Letter Practice: A Painting With Toy Car Activity from Play Dough & Popsicles
Learning Letters & Reading With Cars! from Preschool Powol Packets
Shopkins Sorting from Still Playing School
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