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Celebrate World Animal Day in your classroom with this selection of engaging games and resources

A ferrett

Animal-themed resources…

From the web

Kid’s Corner: Animals

Food chain game

The Kid’s Corner section of www.sheppardsoftware.com features a range of animal-themed, educational games. Most suitable for Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2, the simple, engaging games, which feature lively illustrations, will help to teach children about food chains, animals’ diets, types of animals, and so on.

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National Geographic

National Geographic website

This website features a wonderful research tool for children. A user-friendly screen allows children to select from a large range of animals and read comprehensive facts, watch a video and hear a sound clip, see a map of where they live, and even send an e-card. An extra touch is that all the information can also be printed – including a handy flashcard to assemble.

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The Little Animals Activity Centre

BBC Little Animals' Activity Centre

This BBC site features a wealth of activites and games covering subjects including literacy, numeracy and D&T, as well as stories to listen to. It is aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2 although younger children will probably find the games, which are presented by friendly cartoon characters, most appealing.

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World Animal Day

World Animal Day website

World Animal Day takes place on 4 October every year. The official website has lots of useful advice on the event and how to get involved.

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ARKive games

Tripwire of Terror game

Key Stage 2 aged children will enjoy playing these engaging games that require a mix of motor skills and knowledge. The ‘Tripwire of Terror’, which involves invading the wrath of the ferocious Ladybird Spider, is particularly fun!

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Images for Schools

Images for Schools

This website features a handy selection of images of animals, including birds, farm animals and fish. They are free for schools to use for educational purposes.

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Mutt Maker

Mutt Maker game

And, finally, just for fun, why not let your children design their own breed of dog with Animal Planet’s Mutt Maker?

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From the resource bank (free)

Take a look at all these great resources available in the Child Ed PLUS resource bank.

Paper model animals: Parrot Wild animals - poster Interactive storybook - The Winter Cabin Grammar safari park - poster

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From the resource bank (subscriber only)

Interactive science: Why? The body.exe Animal offspring Rainforest factfile At the zoo animals

At the zoo interactive game 'Why?' Science: animals - poster Find the habitats Ferocious Wild Beasts!

A subscription costs just £19.98 a year. Find out more…

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