Zoo Animals Splat Mats cover. Includes 3 Splat Mats. Complements zoo themes and/or 'Dear Zoo' and 'It's Mine!' Includes engaging game ideas.

Zoo Animals Splat Mats

Easy, fun and effective to practise animals, description or even story language in groups, pairs or whole class.

♦ Includes 3 different splat mats with 12 zoo animals: tiger, crocodile, monkey, giraffe, lion, camel, elephant, snake, dog, parrot, bear, frog

♦ Detailed activity procedures give you lots of ideas for fun games.

♦ Fantastic for changing dynamics and keeping kids engaged.

♦ Use in story retelling activities with 'Dear Zoo' and 'It's Mine!'

Ready for Zoo Animals Splat Mat fun? Get your templates and lesson ideas here:

Or get them in the Zoo Animals Activities Bundle. Incredible value!

What will my students learn?

You can stick to zoo animals vocabulary or stretch your learners by incorporating more descriptive language. Don’t forget the valuable classroom language you’ll be helping them learn too. See a summary below:


Zoo animals: camel, dog, snake, crocodile, monkey, parrot, bear, giraffe, frog, elephant, lion, tiger


Adjectives of description: big, tall, fierce, grumpy, scary, naughty, jumpy, long, furry, wriggly, curly, small, sharp

Body parts: tongue, nose, neck, tail, paw, body, eye, mouth


  • Have/Have got, e.g. A giraffe has got a long neck. This animal doesn’t have legs.
  • Can for ability, e.g. This animal can fly. This animal can’t jump. Can you jump like a frog?
  • Be, e.g., This animal is brown. This animal isn’t small. It’s a tiger.


Game and activity language

It’s a… I can see a… What’s missing? Where’s the frog? What’s next to the monkey?

It’s your turn. It’s my turn. Can I have..? Here you are. You’re welcome.

What’s first? second? third?

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 and the accompanying activity procedures are not designed to form the core part of your lesson. Rather, they will work well across a series of lessons for 5 to 15 minute slots.

I’d recommend including a zoo animals story, like Dear Zoo or It’s Mine!, and a game or two to create your complete lesson. Find related songs and storytelling videos as well as card games and other useful resources on the Animals Topic Page and the Dear Zoo and It’s Mine! story resource pages.

You can certainly find some free worksheets out there, but I can guarantee your young learners will be much more excited to use this. Engaged and motivated children make for a happy lesson (and teacher!)

Once you’ve had a chance to use your materials, don’t forget to come back to leave a review. As a thank you, you’ll receive a 20% discount on any other resource : )

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