Whale Size Comparison Poster, Match Up Cards – Free Printables

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

types of whales printables


  • 2 x types of whales – poster
  • 1 x sorting mat – background
  • 1 x page with images of different types of whales for matching

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.

Children also might like to sort whales from the largest/smallest to the smallest/largest species. Each animal can be compared to the size of a human.

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 ocean, glue cutouts, or draw and label the animals.
You may like to 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.

types of whales printables

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

1. Make different types of whales using playdough or plasticine.

2. Make a sensory bottle or sensory play tub with whales. Gather blue water beads, food coloring, whale 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.

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

types of whales printables

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 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. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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