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Salmon Life Cycle 3-Part Cards

It's now the beginning of March, and we're starting to thaw out, get muddy, and think about fishing in the sunshine.  Springtime is also a good time to finish blog posts that I've had in my queue since last summer (haha).  This project started last spring, when I asked my artistic husband to paint me some fish for my blog.  He painted some trout and sold them, but never finished my paintings.  I had been waiting for him to finish to launch a big fish learning unit with lots of printables.  Well, I'm tired of having this unfinished project in my blog dashboard, so I've decided to get it out in the world anyways.  All this week, I'll have lots of fun fishy activities for creating your own theme unit.

I was very surprised how hard it was to find fish products for kids!  There are very few freshwater books, especially nonfiction ones, and even less fish toys that are realistic.  There's a lot more options for ocean fish, which is good news if you live near the ocean.  Since I'm raising mountain children, who are much more likely to encounter trout, bass, and salmon, I'm focusing on freshwater fish only.  Click on the colored text to get more information about each thing.

When I first started this project over a year ago, there were no fish life cycle sets available.  I complained (suggested) to Safari Ltd that they make one, since they already had a number of life cycle sets in their collection.  Finally, a few month ago, they released these amazing salmon life cycle figurines.  I was so excited and new that it was finally time to post this printable!

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The PDF for the salmon life cycle set contains 6 picture cards, which can be used in the traditional Montessori 3-part card way.  There are only 5 figurines in the Safari Ltd, but the rest of the pieces can be matched to the picture cards.  Print two copies of the PDF and cut out both sets of cards.  With one set of cards, cut off the label from the picture to make 3 cards for each figurine (picture with label, picture without label, and label by itself).  The child can practice reading the labels and match them to the picture and figurine, using the picture with a label as a control card.  Kids can also spell out the life cycle steps with a movable alphabet set.

The Safari Ltd Salmon life cycle figurines are great for sensory bins, too!  This one is super simple with just a 15 bean soup mix and nothing else.  You can add cups, tongs, scoops, and other types of things to make the bin more interactive.  Kids can find the toys in the bin and match them to the printable in this post.  Of course, kids would also love playing with these in water, which makes them great for summer play and camping.

If you love Montessori printables, there are few better resources than Renae at Every Star is Different.  She (and her whole family) create these huge packets of learning materials on all different subjects.  Her fish pack is no exception.   It contains 3-part cards with descriptions to sort freshwater and saltwater fish.  It also includes a sort for fish vs other animals that look like fish but aren't actually fish.  There are a series of fact cards for kids to guess which fish is being described and a match up for fish and the dangers they face.  Be sure to check out all her other resources when you click the link below.

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Come back all week for more salmon life cycle fun!
Let me know what you want to see me do next in the comments below!

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