Animal Shadow Matching Activity for Toddlers

These free shadow matching printables are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love animals! Featuring a farm, a zoo animal train, a pet shop, and a forest/woodland animal themes.

FREE shadow matching printables for toddlers and preschoolers featuring animal themes: farm, zoo train, pet shop, forest/woodland animals. Fun way to practice visual discrimination and increase vocabulary.
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This FREE shadow matching pack will get your tots and preschool kids matching animals to their shadows. This is great for visual discrimination practice, as well as vocabulary building!

Materials Needed:

I recommend that you laminate and use these transparent velcro dots for kids to stick the animal pieces over the shadows.

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Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


  1. Hello, thanks for this activity! My kids and I are learning all about animals right now. I wanted to download the resource but when clicking on the link it says I need to request permission to access the document. Am I skipping a step?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi, I'm sorry you are having trouble. The files are hosted on Google Drive, and this causes problems for a few people if they are not signed into a Google/Gmail account. If you email me at [email protected] I can email you the PDF file.

  2. Hi Bekki, yes the kids are supposed to match the animals to their shadows. I'm not sure why you are not seeing all the shadows. I recommend using the browser Google Chrome and saving the file to your computer before printing.

  3. Your post is great and very interesting, thank you the post.

  4. hi,
    i'm running into the same problem ie the shadow went missing, i've tried to download and save to computer but it also showed up empty without the animal shadows. pls help

  5. Thank you a lot!!!It's so usefull!!! I was ready to make it by myself, but have found yours!!! Great!!! Thank you!!!

  6. Hello Jeremi. Thanks for reaching out. Here are a few tips that usually help people who have printing trouble:

    1) When you click on the download link and the file opens up in your browser, save it to your computer first. Then, open it in Adobe Reader and print it from there.

    2) Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer.

    3) Sometimes it helps to try a different browser, for example Google Chrome is usually the most compatible with our files.

    For more troubleshooting answers, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here:

    Feel free to email us at [email protected] with any other questions.

  7. Thank you totschooling for these wonderful activities. They are very helpful.God bless your generosity.

  8. I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I feel strongly that love and read more on this topic. I have spent a lot of my spare time reading your content. Thank you a lot.

  9. This is cool! I have a 2 year old daughter and she's now learning new things and this will be one of them. I will definitely download it and print it for her. She actually knows different animals now even with their sounds. It will also be fun and a great time teaching my child.

  10. hi. I'm from Malaysia. Thanks alot for sharing this. my daughter aged 3, have problems with her speech and have been referred to ENT under Speech Therapy. It looks like she's having vocabulary/language delay. The therapist ask me to do lots of DIY activity (the same as u showed in your blog) at home. and here I am...feeling glad that someone is sharing something helpful for me to do along with my daughter. Thank you so much for sharing these <3