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Age Range: 5-7
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • Science

Animal diet game (KS1)

Card matching activity with animals and foodstuffs

Herbivore, carnivore or omnivore? Play this fun and interactive game that will teach you all about the diets of different animals!

This fun STEM game is great for primary school children to teach them about the world and the creatures living in it. It’s simple to assemble and all instructions can be found in the free, printable activity sheet below.

This activity could be used as a main activity to develop knowledge and understanding of the terms herbivore, carnivore and omnivore, as well as giving examples of animals included in each category.

Activity: Animal diet game (KS1)

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within maths and science. This resource focuses on what is meant by carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. It involves identifying what animals eat and sorting them into groups.

This activity could be carried out individually, in pairs or in small groups.

The cards for the game can be found in the teacher presentation below. Print and cut the cards out from the presentation. 1 set of 20 sorting cards should be given to each individual, pair or group. Sorting labels of herbivore, carnivore and omnivore could be provided if appropriate.

The cards have coloured borders representing their grouping – red for carnivore, green for herbivore and blue for omnivore. These could be omitted by printing the cards in black and white.

As an extension activity, the class could search the internet to find out what other animals are in each of the three categories.

Tools/resources required

  • I Eat What??? – sorting cards
  • Drawing paper
  • Coloured pencils

The Engineering Context

Food engineers are responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient processing, packaging and delivery of food to every store shelf in the world. It is a vital job to help safely feed all of humanity and the animals that we look after.

What are herbivores, carnivores and omnivores?

Herbivores are animals that eat only plants, carnivores are animals that eat only meat and omnivores are animals that eat both plants and meats. What is your favourite animal? Are they herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?

Suggested Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity students will be able to identify and name a variety of common animals, they will be able to identify and sort animals into categories of what they eat and they will be able to sort animals into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

Download the free Animal diet game (KS1) activity sheet below!

All activity sheets, worksheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students’ and your schools’ needs.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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