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Animal Diet Classification STEM Challenge for Preschoolers

Preschoolers are capable of learning more about the world than many of us might think. I like to start my kids off with exposure to STEM activities early, starting as early as toddlers. Definitely by the preschool years children can do all sorts of preschool STEM activities. When my middle daughter was in preschool, I created this animal diet classification STEM challenge for her so she could identify the different types of foods that animals eat and how they can be classified.

What do animals eat? This animal diet classification STEM challenge is the perfect introduction to animal diets and classification for preschool!

What Do Preschoolers Learn with the Animal Diet Classification Activity?

Preschoolers can learn a lot when they participate in this preschool STEM activity. Classifying things is one of the major parts of science, and learning how to sort and classify can start very early in a child’s life.

This particular animal diet classification activity teaches preschoolers about the different types of food animals eat, whether they are herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore, and also how the environment that an animal lives in can change what they eat!

Supplies for The Animal Diet Classification Activity

Most preschool classrooms will have everything they need to set up this preschool STEM activity. All you need are some representations of different animal diets and a variety of animals to sort by their diet.

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Here is what we used in our activity:

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How to Set Up the Animal Diet Classification Activity for Preschoolers

I kept the set-up for this preschool classification activity super simple.

Preschoolers will have a blast with this animal diet classification STEM activity! It's a hands-on way to introduce the basics of STEM thinking to little ones.

I gathered animal food-like items from the kid’s toys and placed them inside six circles (big enough to set the animals in).

I wrote the name of each food inside each circle. I included “lunch” because humans need to eat too!

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More Preschool STEM Activity Ideas

Preschoolers are super curious and it’s a lot of fun to do safe STEM activities with them! After you do this animal diet classification activity, try some of my other favorite STEM activities for preschoolers:

How to Do the Animal Diet Classification STEM Challenge

Show the circles with the different food items on them to the preschoolers.

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Some of the options were open to interpretation, so you can decide for yourself whether a cow, for example, is an eater of grass or grain.

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If the students start to place the animals in the wrong category, ask them to think again about what that animal eats. It’s OK to give hints if necessary.

Most preschoolers will be able to identify what most animals eat with little to no prompting.

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After categorizing the animals, explain to the preschoolers that there are three main types of animal diets: herbivore, omnivore, and carnivore. You can also expand on the concept of ecosystems and animal habitats and why certain animals have evolved to eat the foods that they do.

After the discussion portion of the activity, allow the preschoolers to play with their animals and pretend to feed them. After all, play is a huge part of preschool STEM exploration!

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