Thursday, October 28, 2010

Animals: Arabic Vocabulary Activities

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

These are some activities for learning the names of different animals in Arabic. Sis Umm Sara, please let me know if you had something different in mind or if these activities are too easy, not enough, etc.

The first is similar to Bingo:

In the file there are two game boards and two sets of name cards. Each child gets a game board. Cut out the name cards, shuffle them and place them in a stack between the children. The children take turns picking a card and matching it to the correct animal on their board. If the name card they picked does not name an animal on their game board they return the card to the bottom of the stack. The first to correctly fill their game board wins. Download "What Is That" Game Here insha'Allaah

The second activity is a small reader that talks about animals on a farm:

This reader has Arabic and English text but no transliteration. This was done to assist those looking for short, free down-loadable children's books in Arabic.The colour word brown is also learned/emphasised in the story and the children have a small drawing and colouring activity at the end of the book. Download "On Our Farm" book here insha'Allaah

The next activity is intended for young toddlers. These are two piece puzzles that have the names of the animal on the puzzle in Arabic and English (with transliteration):

After printing and mounting the puzzles on sturdy cardboard (or cardstock), cut them in half. Mix all of the puzzle pieces together (to make the activity more challenging) and invite the child to correctly match the Arabic name of the animal with the English name. The control of error is the picture of the animal. If the child incorrectly matches the pieces, he/she will notice that the pictures do not match and the child can self-correct insha'Allaah. Download Animal Puzzles here insha'Allaah (4 puzzles in the file)

The last activity is a habitat match:

These cards are black and white. Read the sentence to the child (I forgot to put the sentences in English but each card says, "I live in ______ {the name of the picture on the top of the card}. The places named are mountains, garden, swamp and forest) and then ask them which animal might live in that habitat and invite him/her to either colour or place a game piece marker over the correct answer. Download Habitat Match cards here insha'Allaah (4 cards in the file)

I also intentionally made the postcard for the letter Noon to contain animals that start with the letter Noon. You can download it here insha'Allaah.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!


  1. Assalamu'alaikum sis,

    Thank you so much for making all these materials. We love you sis..

  2. assalamu alaikum,

    MashaAllah, these are wonderful. Everything is just what we expected alhamdulillah
    We also found animal habitat file folder game in English. I liked the idea of teaching where different animals live.
    May Allah reward you abundantly.

    I can't wait to start the Animals week inshaAllah : )

    assalamu alaikum

  3. mashaAllaah, just purr-fect! we've just been for a spectacular visit to the Zoo alhamdulillah so what better time can there be to learn more than NOW?

    uMM Muhammad saalih

  4. Assalaamu Alaikum

    Masha Allaah so great! We can do a revision on animals with these Insha Allaah! Jazzakillaah Khayr for all this sis! May Allaah reward you in full!

  5. jazakillah sister, really appreciate the time and efforts you put in these resources.v May Allaah reward you well.



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