How Animals Move

How Animals Move lesson plan

  • 1.

    Find out how animals move by watching them. Begin by asking children to observe how familiar animals move: hermit crabs crawl, cats prowl, and dogs romp. Go to a pet store, zoo, animal preserve, pond, aquarium.

  • 2.

    Suggest that children sketch their pets. Point out body parts. Compare body parts used to move, propel, and change direction, such as wings, fins, and tails. Study how animals move by looking at books, videos, and animated sites on the Internet. Move to m

  • 3.

    Whenever active projects are done with children ages 3 and younger, close adult supervision is required to ensure safety. Only children ages 4 and older use scissors.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola® Washable Markers to label four large sheets of construction paper with these words: Walk and Run, Swim, Hop, and Fly.

  • 5.

    Search through recycled magazines for pictures of animals that move in these ways. Cut out their pictures with Crayola® Scissors if you are 4 or older. If you are 3 or younger, tear out the pictures.

  • 6.

    Sort the pictures by how the animals move.

  • 7.

    Arrange the pictures in a pleasing way on each chart. Attach them with a Crayola® Glue Stick.


  • Asking Questions
  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Listening
  • Reading Pictures
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Balance
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Observing