Coral Reef Animals Poster, Match Up cards – Free printables

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You are invited to download the poster and picture cards with different types of coral reef animals – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images to create hands-on botany activities for your students. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to explore the ocean and coral reef in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

coral reef animals printables

There are many uses of the printable. One of them is introducing children to new vocabulary and making glue-and-paste activities.

Younger children can be encouraged to match colored animal pictures to the black and white version.
Cut animal cards, laminate, and attach hook and loop dots to add an extra challenge for little fingers. Older children might be inspired to create their own book of animals that are commonly found in the coral reefs, glue cutouts, or draw and label the animals.
You may like to follow Jess’s advice (@raisingmaeve) and enlarge the background. Use adhesive to create this activity for your children.
If you would like to enlarge the background, here is how you can do it. 

Hit Print. Make sure in your Advanced Settings ‘Print As Image’ has been deselected. Then hit ‘Poster’ and set your ‘Tile Scale’ according to how large you would like your poster to be. If you set it at 100%, it will print on two sheets. Trim sheets as needed and connect your poster pieces using scotch tape.

coral reef animals printables

When exploring coral reef creatures with your children you might like to give some of these hands-on activities a go:

1. Make different types of fish using playdough and colorful beads to make scales.

2. Make a sensory bottle or sensory play tub with coral reef animals. Gather blue water beads, food coloring, coral reef Safari TOOB figurines, scooping tools, seashells, and pebbles. Grow beads and fill in a plastic tub with colored blue water and water beads, add tools for pouring and scooping, and loose parts to create an invitation to play. 

3. Turn on classical or lyrical music and add rainsticks for children to play. Give children blue and colorful silk scarves and invite them to improvise dancing to music imitating the sea creatures.

4. Invite the children to play charades demonstrating the life cycles of sea creatures.

5. Discuss in a small group all the different ways children can protect sea creatures in their natural habitat.

coral reef animals printables

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Children’s Books and Resources for Learning about the Ocean

The Ocean Biome Pack

Introduction study of the ocean that contains hands-on resources to teach students about unique aspects of the largest biome on Earth while developing their concentration, logical thinking, comprehension skills, reading and so much more.

Ocean biome bundle

All resources are designed to adapt to each individual student and fit your classroom needs. Students will learn about the main characteristics of the ocean, types of oceans, marine life, and their adaptations, and receive a general introduction.

This list of resources is a great addition to your geography shelves and science display area.

Here is what’s included:

PURCHASE ocean biome pack here

Please note: This printable is included in the Nature Curriculum in Cards Bundle.

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood teacher, the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 11 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Learn more here. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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