I am very excited to share with you the first of many activities that will come out with these little animals. I just felt that these animals were too cute to only have as ‘decorations’ on the activity calendars. After writing the Hiking Guide for Families, I knew that I wanted to write more posts to help families become familiar with the animals that live in the Canadian Rockies.

This post is helping you and your kids become more familiar with some of the animals that live in the Canadian Rockies. For example, did you know that a black bear comes in all sorts of different colours? They can be brown, black, white, and blonde!

So how can you tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear? The major difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear is that grizzly bears have a hump on their back and are usually bigger!

There are two activities in this post.

animal activity

Activity 1: Animal Cards

One is a set of animal “cards”. First, make up a name for each of the animals. After, there is just a little bit of information for you on the animal. Then, there are a couple of spaces for you to research and write out what each animal likes to eat and where they like to live!

Activity 2: Matching Game

The next activity is a fun matching game that you can print out. Print off the two sheets and cut out each square. You may need to glue an additional white paper behind the animals before cutting them to make sure you cannot see the animals through the paper.

For younger kids (under age 3)

For younger kids start the activity this way. Mix them up and place them all face-up. Have your child pick up one animal and then try to find the matching animal.

For older kids (over age 3)

Mix of the matching cards and place them face down so you cannot see the animals. Take turns turning over two cards. If you pick up a matching card then you get to keep them as a point. If they are not matching then turn them over.

Need more activities? Check out these fun indoor/outdoor scavenger hunts here!

Animal Activity
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By Annika Mang
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