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Zoo Letter Recognition Activity

From brown bears to penguins, there are so many different animals that live in the zoo! If your kids love animals as much as mine do, they will have so much fun with this Zoo Letter Recognition Activity!

As your preschoolers put the animals in the zoo, they will be learning the ABC’s by naming capital and lowercase letters.

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Zoo Letter Recognition Activity:

This alphabet activity can be used independently, with a partner, or in a small group in any early childhood classroom or homeschool.

It would be a great addition to your animal unit or just a fun activity to do if you are taking a field trip to the zoo. 

preschool letter recognition

Getting Ready To Use The Zoo Letter Recognition Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • Zoo Picture
  • 26 Capital Letter Zoo Animal Cards
  • 26 Lowercase Letter Zoo Animal Cards

What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Paper Bag or Cardboard Box
  • Glue

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To get this letter recognition activity, click on the button below and fill out the form. Then, download and print the zoo and animals.

Next, laminate the zoo and animal, so your kids can use them over and over. Then, cut the pieces apart.

Finally, tape or glue the zoo on a paper bag or cardboard box (such as a small tissue box) and cut the white space out. 

How To Use The Zoo Letter Recognition Activity:

To begin this activity, your preschoolers will pick an animal card and say the name of the lowercase or capital letter on it as they put it in the zoo. 

how to teach letter recognition

If your kids are just starting to learn the names of the letters, start with just a few animal cards such as the letters in their name. You can then add more as their letter knowledge increases.

When your children know all of the letter names, they can practice saying the sound that each letter makes as put the animal in the zoo.

Letter Recognition Activity

To extend this activity and learn even more, read fiction and non-fiction books about the zoo and animals. 

This Zoo Letter Recognition Activity is a fun, hands-on way for your pre-readers to practice identifying capital and lowercase letters. 

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Download The Zoo Letter Recognition Activity:

To get the printables for this zoo letter recognition activity, fill out the form below.


Friday 27th of August 2021

The Zoo doesn't seem to want to download! Help?

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Friday 27th of August 2021

I'm sorry that you are having trouble downloading the activity. Try using a different browser or Adobe. Some browsers will block PDFs from being downloaded and opened. If you are trying to download it at a school, some have firewalls set to block it. You will want to use your personal computer. Hope that helps!

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