Alphabet Animal Match / A-Z ABC Animal Figurines with matching picture card. Matching game for toddler and preschool. Montessori learning toy

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$ 120.00 

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This is a one of a kind alphabet learning activity. This activity has at least one animal for each letter of the alphabet! Children can learn about new and exotic animals while matching them to the correct beginning letter. This would be a perfect addition to any letter of the week lesson plan.

Ways to play:
1. This Montessori learning activity focuses on matching miniature animals to their matching realistic photo cards. Children lay out the cards and place the miniature animals on the matching picture. Matching Skill - Visual Discrimination:
This activity focuses on more advanced preschool matching. The objects are not an exact copy of the photo so children need to carefully observe details to match correctly. Children problem solve by looking at distinctive attributes that they can see on both the object and the photo. Usually they will start by color and eliminate pictures that do not share the same color. They can also look at shapes, patterns and details. They might ask themselves "which animals are white?" They will then notice more than one white animal and have to look at another attribute. Recognizing these little details helps a child grow their category knowledge and learn new vocabulary
2. Match animals to their beginning letter.
3. Focus on a letter a day or week and use the matching animal as part of that curriculum.
4. Sort animals by continent. A lot of options for Montessori Continent boxes.
5. Pretend play - lots of animals for hours of pretend play.
6. Sensory bin fillers.

What is Included:
- 53 miniature realistic animals. (Most 2"- 3" Long, 9 are TINY at about .5"-.75")
- 53 laminated cards professionally printed on 100# cardstock and laminated with 5 mil lamination. The cards are classroom tough. Cards are 2.6"x 2.5".

Extensions:
- The photo cards include names of the animals so you can extend the play with researching the species!
- This activity is small enough to take with you and can be extended into pretend play or sensory bins with the mini figurines.
- You can have the children sort and categorize the figurines by like traits on their own.

What they are learning while having fun
- Matching objects to pictures encourages one-to-one correspondence (basic math skill) and visual discrimination.
- Observing and comparing small details to match correctly. Comparing involves identifying similarities and differences among objects
- Children can group the figures by similar traits - this is sorting and classifying!
- Children gain experience with one-dimensional print, and learning to connect real objects to print.

I also have many other matching sets to make this alphabet collection even larger including sea life, safari, insects, farm, rain forest and other collections.

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