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Animal Classification Card Game


Now that  my daughters, Amina and Basma are a bit older and have a better understanding of animal classification, I decided to review this subject to include them.

Last year I designed this Animal Classification Wall Chart for my children which was really popular and made classification fun and easy. And prior to that my daughter, Samira completed her Animal Classification Lapbook.

This weekend I purchased this Animal Classification card game called Animal Families which is available from Amazon.

It wasn’t possible to see what information was contained on the cards so I was a little disappointed to find the cards don’t give details of what characteristics constitutes a mammal/reptile/insect/bird etc.

There are 9 sets of cards:

  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Amphibians
  • Molluscs
  • Insects
  • Crustaceans
  • Arachnids
  • Fish


The game aims to teach recognition of animal species in the different categories. There are four cards for each group.

This is a close up of the snake card. It lists the names of the other 3 animals in the reptile category and the aim of the game is to collect as many sets of cards as possible.


How to play:

One person shuffles and deals all the cards. Players arrange their cards into sets, so that all the mammals are together and all the molluscs are together, and so on. The dealer starts the game by asking any player for a particular card. If the player has the card it has to be given to the dealer and the dealer has another go. If the player does not have the card, it is the player’s turn to ask any other player for a card. When a player gets a full set of four cards the set is placed on the table. The player with the most sets on the table wins the game.

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