“What Do I Eat?” DIY Felt Board Activity with FREE Template

If you are a parent or teacher, I’m sure you have probably been over to the dollar section at Target often.  They have some awesome educational stuff right now!

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Today I’ll be sharing a fun activity (and free template) to do with your child using the world map with animals.

This activity teaches children about classifying animals into three categories: Omnivore, Herbivore, and Carnivore.

Herbivore: Animals that eat only plants.

Carnivore: Animals that eat only animals.

Omnivore: Animals that eat both plants and animals.


GAME

We found a fun little animal diet game here that helps kids classify animals by their diet.


BOOKS

Here is a list of books that go along with this topic:

Porcupine’s Picnic

What Animals Eat

What Does An Animal Eat?

Do Cows Eat Cake?


FELT BOARD ACTIVITY


Materials

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  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors for cutting fabric
  • Hard Felt (Black, White, Red, and Green)
  • Felt board (see this post for directions on how to make your own)
  • Felt animals and sheet from the World Map felt kit from the Target dollar section

(If the world map felt kit is not available at a Target near you, below is a link to some felt animal figures that would work in its place)


Instructions

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Print this template and cut out each item according to the directions.  The picture above is how each piece should look when you are done cutting.

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This step involves assembling the t-bone steak and requires gluing three separate pieces together.  First glue the red onto the white so that the white overlaps all around.  Then, glue the white “T” in the middle as shown.

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Now we are going to glue the items on each of their dedicated black circles.  The leaf represents herbivores, the steak represents carnivores, and the steak/leaf represents omnivores.  Glue the leaf to the herbivore circle.  Then glue the steak to the carnivore circle.  And lastly, on the omnivore circle, glue the steak first, followed by the leaf so that it overlaps.

The pictures above show how you can set up your felt board.

The kids had so much fun with this!  My kids are 2 & 4, and they love any kind of sorting activity.  We talked about what each animal ate, and where they live.