In this post, I am going to share 14 different reptile and amphibian preschool activities that are perfect for your preschooler or toddler. I have a full week of activities planned including an outing and a themed snack.
With Ryan turning 3 I thought it would be time to do a little bit of homeschool preschool with him. Nothing crazy, no workbooks just some fun activities and lots of books from the library. This is our amphibian and reptile activities. I was definitely ambitious when planning homeschool preschool and may have gotten a little click and print happy with all the fun things I have found on Pinterest. But that’s ok, I am super excited! Below you will find all activities I have planned along with the sources, the categories each activity fits into, and then our schedule for the week.
I made these letters on Canva.com but you can easily find these all over the internet for free. We start every day with one of these (A for amphibian, R for reptile). Ryan loves to color them in or use his dot markers. I also had him trace the letters.
I made these Montessori inspired alphabet boxes for the letter A and R. In these I included sandpaper letters, wooden moveable letters, image cards of things that started with the letter, Safari LTD Toobs and other small objects that started with this letter, lastly sound cards that I got in the dollar sections of Target and Walmart. You can add anything to this that relates to the letter. Ryan picked these up at least once a day and we just talked about them emphasizing the letter.
The amphibian and reptile card activities came from Renae at Every Star Is Different. These are printables you pay for but they are well worth it. There were so many activities inside these packs that I didn’t use and will be able to use as Ryan gets older. I absolutely love using these realistic pictures.
Amphibian Life Cycle Matching
After reading lots of books about frogs and their life cycles I pulled out our Welcome to the Museum- Animalium. We read the description and matched the life cycle. Ryan actually really enjoyed it and we did it a couple of times. You can easily do this with any pictures of a frog’s life cycle and then eventually put them in order without the images.
Who am I?
I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to do these cards at first but they ended up being a hit. I laid out all the animal cards then read the clues one at a time. With each clue, we removed any animals that didn’t match that clue and through the process of elimination, we found the matches.
Frog Counting Activity
This frog counting activity came from Jennifer at Early Learning Ideas and Ryan loved it. There are a bunch of different ways to use these. We practiced number recognition and counting but we can easily use these for math basics eventually.
Eye Matching Reptile Activity
This one is super fun. First I laid all the full-body pictures out and placed the eye pictures in a pile. We took one eye picture at a time and described what we saw including the color of the eye, the color of the skin, and the texture. When we matched them we named them. Depending on your child’s abilities you could also do a memory game or cut the names off of one of the sets and match the eye and the name.
Singular & Plural
This was a super basic activity but Ryan really enjoyed it. I just laid out all the cards and he matched the pictures. After that, we named the singular and plural images. These would also be great for a memory game.
I saw a bunch of snake pattern activities on Pinterest and thought Ryan would love it. Following patterns is a great skill to start young and is a foundation for learning. Making patterns helps children make predictions, use reasoning skills, make logical connections, and develop problem-solving skills. There are a ton of ways to do this. You could do use markers, dot markers, dot stickers, or cut out paper shapes. We have the Learning Resources Geometric Tiles so I decided to make some pattern cards with those. I laminated these so that they will last longer because this is an activity I can pull out for Ryan to do again in the future.
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Tissue Paper Frog
I saw this cute frog from Jessica at Mrs. Plemons’ Kindergarten and I knew we had to make it.
Reptile and Amphibian Sensory Bin Activity
Ryan loved this sensory bin and was so easy to set up. Water beads, a pack of amphibians and reptiles, and some “tools”. I just left it out over the week and he played with it every day.
Practical Life Amphibin and Reptile Activities
I got these free alligator cutting activities from Living Montessori Now. Deb has so MANY free printables it’s amazing I highly recommend checking her out. Ryan isn’t ready for cutting so I decided to laminate it and we practiced tracing which is a precursor to writing.
Cutting and Gluing Reptile and Amphibian
Ryan loves cutting literally everything so for this activity I took the alligator cutting strips from the Living Montessori printable and also created some frog cutting strips. Ryan cut them all out and then glued them on the paper. This ended up being a lot of cutting and gluing (which he loved) so we spread it out over a couple of days.
These were comical. I had seen somewhere on Pinterest for a fun snake dog recipe but when we went to make them I realized I never pinned it and couldn’t find it so we winged it. Pillsbury does have a recipe that will probably work a lot better. I used crescent rolls and their recipe calls for breadsticks.
Morning at the Creek
We spent one morning at the creek looking for frogs and lizards. We didn’t catch anything but still had a blast.
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