Zoo Animals Jigsaw crafts
Bring some puzzle and crafty magic to your zoo animals lessons with these jungle animals jigsaw games and crafts.
♦ Choose from a range of templates to easily differentiate according to ability, age and vocabulary focus.
♦ A super effective way to provide repetition of useful animal and description language and even phrases from 'Dear Zoo' or 'It's Mine!' by Rod Campbell.
♦ Great for an engaging way to practise numbers too!
♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and story language in an interactive and dynamic way.
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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!
Zoo animals: camel, dog, snake, crocodile, monkey, parrot, bear, giraffe, frog, elephant, lion, tiger
Numbers: 1 to 20
Other possible structures and phrases
It is / This is / That is to identify animals
e.g. It’s a snake. That’s a tiger.
Adjective order with colours
e.g. It’s a blue frog.
Can for ability
e.g. I can see a pink monkey.
Description with ‘has got’ / ‘have’
e.g. This animal has got 4 legs and a long tail.
Where’s the (lion)? It’s here!/there! It’s next to the (monkey). It’s between the camel and the parrot. It’s under this one.
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… Where does this go? It goes here. It goes there. It goes next to/under the… Can I have..? Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome. Colours, scissors, cut, paper, card, fold.
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!
Definitely. The included suggestions for before, during and after the craft make it really easy to make this activity the core part of your lesson. I’d recommend including a storytelling, game or song to complete it. See the Animals Topic Resource Page or the story resource pages: It’s Mine! or Dear Zoo.
You can certainly find some free worksheets out there, but it’ll be tough to find ones that exactly match the vocabulary in the ‘Dear Zoo’ or ‘It’s Mine!’ stories, and certainly not with as many interactive language practice opportunities. 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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