I Have – Who Has? games are fun way to teach and review vocabulary and question structures in your preschool, kindergarten or ESL classroom! They are low-prep and also work great as time-filler activities.
This FARM ANIMALS AND THEIR BABIES pack includes 4 sets of cards in both colour and black line, with Basic and Extension sets so you can choose which best suits your class needs! You can adapt them to large or small groups, and choose which skills you want to focus on – use the sets with animal names if you want to help reinforce reading, or the sets without names if you want to focus on vocabulary recall.
The cards are large and bright, specially designed to appeal to little ones. They would make a great addition to Farm Animal units and centres or even as a cute Mother’s Day activity!
They are also FULLY EDITABLE, so you can easily change the text from U.S English to British English. For an explanation of how I use these cards with my kids in class, scroll down the post!
- Learn and recall vocabulary for farm animals and their young
- Practise question formation
- Reinforce listening skills
- U.S. Common Core Standards: RF.K.2, RF.1.2, SL.K.1a, SL.1.1a, L.K.1d
- 4 sets of FULLY EDITABLE CARDS in colour:
- 2 Basic Sets: 12 cards (6 adult & baby pairs) - one set with animal names, one set without
- 2 Extension Sets: 10 extra cards (5 adult & baby pairs) - one set with animal names, one set without
- 2 Sets in Black Line:
- Full Instructions on how to play
The Basic Sets are designed for smaller groups: 12 cards, including 12 animals (6 adult & baby pairs); cow-calf, chicken-chick, horse-foal, sheep-lamb, duck-duckling, pig-piglet. There is one set with the animal names, and one set without. If you only teach kids at pre-reading level, or prefer to focus on vocabulary recall you can use the cards without the names.
The Extension Sets are for larger or more advanced groups: they include 10 extra animals – (5 adult & baby pairs); dog-puppy, goat-kid, cat-kitten, rabbit-kit, goose-gosling. Combining a Basic Set and an Extension Set will give you 22 cards to play with. One set has the animal names, one set doesn’t.
You can use the black-line sets for children to colour and make their own game! The black-line sets are also fully editable, so you can delete the animal names before printing and then have the children write the words on the cards as an extra writing activity if you like!
As I teach different age groups, I wanted a game that I could easily adapt for their different levels. With my 3-4 year olds, I use the Basic set of 12 cards - this set includes the 6 "common" farm animals, so they are not saturated with vocabulary. I also find it better to teach them "baby cow" instead of "calf" at this age - it's easier for them to remember and gives them more practise with the basic farm animal vocabulary I want to teach. With my 5 year olds, I usually use the Basic Set, but teach them the actual names of the baby animals.
With my 6-7 year olds I add the Extension cards, so they are playing with 22 cards in total. With these ages I like to give them lots of opportunities for reading in English, so if they can't remember all the animal names they can just read them from the cards!
HOW TO PLAY
I have small groups, so I like to play this game in a similar way to dominoes. Deal out all the cards to the kids, and they lay them face up in front of them. The first player chooses any card – it doesn’t matter which – and says, for example, “I have a cow. Who has a calf?” That player then places the card in the middle, and the other children look at their cards to see if they have a calf. The player who has a calf says “I have a calf. Who has a chicken?” and places the card in the middle next to the other, so the two calves are touching. The game continues in this way, with players placing the cards in the middle so they match, like dominoes!
If you have a larger group each child will probably have only one card each. If it’s not practical to lay the cards out like dominoes, students can keep their cards throughout the game.