Over in the Meadow Number Matching Jigsaw Craft cover. Practise meadow animals, numbers and counting. Includes 2 levels of difficulty and dynamic activity suggestions. Includes templates for 4 song versions.

Over in the Meadow Number Match Jigsaw crafts

What a fun and effective way to practice counting, numbers and animals at the same time!

♦ Choose from a range of templates to easily differentiate according to ability, age and vocabulary focus.

♦ A super effective way to provide repetition and practice of useful animals, actions, habitats and numbers vocabulary. See the full list below.

♦ Play games and then get your ESL kids to make their very own copies!

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and song language in an interactive and dynamic way.

Includes templates for 4 different versions of the song/story!

Ready for some Over in the Meadow jigsaws fun? Get your templates and lesson ideas here:

Or get them in the Over in the Meadow Activities Bundle. Incredible value!

What will my ESL young learners learn?

Depending on which activity procedure you choose, your ESL young learners can focus on listening or speaking skills or both!

Apart from the vocabulary in the images, there are plenty of opportunities to help them acquire useful phrases and structures.

Don’t forget about the game and activity language they can practise too!


See the comparison table for the similarities and differences between each version of the song/story.

  • Animals
  • Habitats
  • Numbers
  • Actions

Structures / Grammar

You may choose to include a focus on:

  • ‘be’ – it’s a/ they are
  • singular & plural
  • ‘there is’/’there are’
  • ‘have’/’have got’

Game and activity language

Where’s the…? It’s here. It’s there. Is it…? Yes, it is. No, it isn’t. What is it? It’s a.. It’s…

Can you find the…? I can see a…

Can I have..? Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome. Puzzle, paper, card, colours, crayons, pens, pencils, glue, scissors. I’m finished.

A table comparing the similarities and differences between 4 versions of the Over in the Meadow song.

See our article, Using Jigsaws to Teach English, for lots of practical teaching tips and ideas.

What do teachers say about the resources?

Frequently asked questions

Yes, of course! Maybe you have the time and enjoy creating things, but it has to be said that being a young learner teacher can involve a HUGE amount of extra work making materials. Give yourself a break!

All my materials have been tried and tested in the classroom. As well as having almost 20 years of teaching experience, I am also a qualified trainer for the Trinity TYLEC (Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate), so you can rely on the quality.

Yes! They work great for mixed aged groups and different abilities because they come with different templates AND different suggestions with how to use the resource. No time wasted on adapting different worksheets!

This resource includes plenty of activity suggestions to play and make the jigsaws. It’s definitely not a done in 5 minutes activity (unless you want it to be!)

It works great as the main part of a lesson but I’d recommend looking at the supplementary resources (link included).

 Add the song/story (you can use the video if you don’t have the book), play a game with the vocabulary and use this resource interactively. You have all the ingredients for a lesson your esl kids will love.
Check the Over in the Meadow Story Resource Page for ideas.

You can certainly find some free worksheets out there, but it’ll be tough to find ones that exactly match the vocabulary in the story, and certainly not with the different options to cater to different abilities. I can guarantee your young learners will be much more excited to create this. Engaged and motivated children make for a happy lesson (and teacher!)

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