Land Animals with Exploring Creation with Zoology 3 and a fun hands-on activity ~
A Animal Classification Mobile!
In preparation for this year’s science studies, I made these pictures of every. single. animal in the book. Miss.L will use these to paste on to her world maps and notebooking pages.
And here’s the free download ~
While I read aloud, Miss.L wanted to do something creative … and so I pulled out our animal classification chart and cards.
Here’s your free download of the above cards and table ~ Classification Table+cards
And I suggested, “Why not actually make that mobile we thought about a while ago?”
- Print out the classification cards twice. (You want to have pictures and text on both sides of the card!)
- Paste the text or pictures on to the front & back of each colored card leaving a colored frame around the picture or texts.
- Punch and insert eyelets on the tops and bottoms of all the cards.
- Use soft binding wire and loop in to the top of each card and another wire with a loop at the bottom. (We cut each wire about 5cm long, and the wire for the felt animals slightly shorter.)
- Start at the bottom and work out the mobile, laying out the cards to see how wide the mobile will become at the top.
- The very top of the mobile needs a wooden stick about 50cm long
- Each “branch” should be slightly shorter than the level above.
- Overlap 2 branches to make “Mammals” a 4-branch.
- Add beads to balance the “Invertebrates” branch with the “Vertebrates” branch of the mobile.
- Cut out felt animals and insert the wire and hang on the bottoms of each picture. (We added some details with black permanent marker.)
- Perhaps add other animals from each class (e.g.: rodent = rabbit, mouse, squirrel … ) as you study them. (Just add more beads to keep the mobile balanced.)
Note: This activity was fairly technical and would work well with middle-schoolers and junior high students.
We are delighted with our mobile gently swaying above our work table!
Have you tried to make a mobile for homeschool?