As you may know I have been creating a lot of book printables lately, specifically Board Book Printables for Toddlers. I wanted to make an activity that we can do for Mother's Day to go along with the classic book "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman. This is a cute story about a baby bird who, in search for his mother, goes around asking several different animals, including a cat, hen, dog and cow, if they are his mother. You can read this book and then do this matching printable activity with your toddler or preschooler.
It features 10 different mother/baby pairs of animals. It is a great way to teach your child how to visually recognize animals, the names of both baby and adult animals, and it is also a great visual discrimination exercise.
Page 1 Page 2 - cut out page
For toddlers I recommend that you laminate both pages, cut out the pieces from the second page and attach them with velcro. This gives you a nice reusable activity that your child can do over and over again. For preschoolers or children learning to use scissors, you can let them cut out the pieces from the second page and glue them to the first page.
Funny story - as I was doing this activity with my older daughter she asked me where the daddy animals are. Yeah, she's a daddy's girl.