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Montessori-Inspired WHALE 3-Part Cards for Safari Ltd Toob

A few weeks ago, my family went on a vacation to the Oregon Coast, where we were hoping to see some marine mammals.  We ended up not seeing any whales, but saw a few sea lions.  The adventure to the ocean has gotten the entire family interested in whales.  I'm going to be doing a few posts this week with ideas for learning about whales and using whales for learning about other topics.

As readers of this blog have probably figured out by now, we love the Safari Ltd toobs of little animals sorted by type, continent, or habitat.  They're great for sensory bins, messy play, outdoors, bath time, and anything you can dream up.  They even fit in an Easter egg!  The little toys are even good for learning and homeschooling.  I have Montessori-inspired 3-part cards for nearly every toob that Safari Ltd makes (not a sponsor).  You can find all my printable matching cards by clicking the colored text.  I have also listed all the Safari ocean-themed toobs below for your convenience with the links to my matching cards as well.

For my first whale week post, I thought I'd start with matching cards for the Safari Ltd Whale toob.  This is a fairly new toob on the market, filled with marine mammals like humpbacks, blowheads, and belugas.  There are 10 whales in the toob, so there are ten matching cards in the printable.

Print two copies of the cards to make a Montessori-style 3-part card set.  The first card stays whole with the picture and the label, but the second card gets cut to separate the picture from the label, making two pieces.  The child can then match the label and figurine to the picture, using the whole card as a way to check their work.  The cards can also be used as inspiration for spelling practice, particularly with the moveable alphabet.

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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.
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 Whale 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 Whale 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.
Montessori-inspired 3-part cards to match the Safari Ltd whales toob of animals.  Suitable for learning about whales, using with sensory bins, and working on reading and spelling.

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