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Montessori-Inspired ANTARCTICA 3-part Cards for the Safari LTD Toob

Learn about polar animals as you explore and play with Safari Ltd Antarctica toob.  Free printable matching cards for the toob.

Originally published on May 22, 2017 and updated on April 13, 2021.

In 2017, Safari Ltd introduced this Antarctica toob of animals to the world, making it a perfect addition to your homeschool or classroom learning.  We love to use our animals to introduce a new topic of study, teach new vocabulary, and create exciting sensory experiences.  The Antarctica toob contains whales, pinnipeds, and birds, so there's plenty to learn about life cycles, food chains, flying vs swimming, and more.  Scroll down for some free learning printables, too!  First, here are some great books and toys that I found to help you have a fun and educational Antarctica unit.


Learn about polar animals as you explore and play with Safari Ltd Antarctica toob and lots of great books and toys!


Glacier on the Move
  <>  Where is Antarctica?

Antarctica: The Continent of Wonder

Safari Ltd Humpback Whale

Empire Penguin and Baby Stuffed Toy

Schleich Blue Whale  <>  Whale Anatomy Toy

Safari Ltd Antarctica Toob

Penguin Pool Party Game

Instant Snow  <>  Safari Ltd Rockhopper Penguin


Learn about polar animals as you explore and play with Safari Ltd Antarctica toob.  Free printable matching cards for the toob.



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After you've put in your email address into the box, check your inbox for the confirmation email.  Open the email and click on the button to confirm your subscription.  You'll get a second email with a link to download the printable.  Download the PDF from the protected page.  Print the first two pages twice and laminate them for long-term use.  Then, cut out all the cards and separate them by sets.  Leave one set of cards exactly as they are- with the picture and label attached.  With the second set of cards, cut the label off the pictures to make two piece.  The card with a picture and label, the card with just a picture, and the card with the label now make the three parts of the traditional Montessori 3-part cards.

Learn about polar animals as you explore and play with Safari Ltd Antarctica toob.  Free printable matching cards for the toob.

Once you have the three cards, you can present them to your child in the traditional Montessori method.  Have the child match the picture card with the label to the other two cards.  They can also match the Safari Ltd Antarctica toob animals to the picture cards or label the figurines with the cards.  The child can also spell out the words with a movable alphabet like printable cards or shaped letters.

You can also chose not to separate the picture from the label to make a set of cards for a classic memory match.  You can your child can take turns choosing two cards and seeing if they're a match.  If they are a pair, then that player gets to keep them.  If they're not a match, the player must turn them over and the other player gets a turn.

You may also want to print just one copy of the cards and allow your child to match the Safari Ltd Antarctica toob to the pictures.  Together, you can talk about the animal names, where they live, and sort them by type.  The figurines are great in messy play, sensory bins, and more!  My kids love to play with them, especially outside.


Safari Ltd Toobs are great for adding to your Montessori-inspired Continent Boxes, sensory bins, learning times, and more.


Safari Ltd Toobs are also great for continent boxes.  Continent boxes are a Montessori-inspired idea, which are so helpful for homeschooling!  They are simply an organized way to store your study materials for each continent (and sometimes the oceans).  You can fill the boxes with printables, souvenirs, flags, games, objects, pictures, currency, maps, or anything else you have available.  It's ok if you don't fill all the boxes in one day- it's supposed to be a lifelong project.  I'm currently working on redoing many of my printable matching cards for the Safari Ltd toobs, but here's what I have available for each continent:


AFRICA

South African Animals

Rainforest Animals (not continent specific)

Monkeys and Apes (not continent specific)

Endangered Animals (not continent specific)

Penguins (not continent specific)


ASIA

Endangered Animals (not continent specific)

Monkeys and Apes (not continent specific)


SOUTH AMERICA

Galapagos Island Animals

Endangered Animals (not continent specific)

Monkeys and Apes (not continent specific)

Penguins (not continent specific)

Rainforest Animals (not continent specific)


NORTH AMERICA

US Symbols

North American Animals

Backyard Birds

Desert Animals

New York City

River Animals

Great Lakes


ANTARCTICA

Antarctica Animals

Penguins (not continent specific)


AUSTRALIA

Australian Animals

Coral Reef Animals

Penguins (not continent specific)


EUROPE

European Landmarks


OCEAN

Coral Reef Animals

Deep Sea Animals

Dolphins and Whales

Endangered Ocean Animals

Ocean Animals

Whales Only







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Learn about polar animals as you explore and play with Safari Ltd Antarctica toob.  Free printable matching cards for the toob.Learn about polar animals as you explore and play with Safari Ltd Antarctica toob.  Free printable matching cards for the toob.

Learn about polar animals as you explore and play with Safari Ltd Antarctica toob.  Free printable matching cards for the toob.






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