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Animal Names In English For Preschoolers And Kids

Little kids have an innate fascination towards animals. Most of the children have a favourite picture book or soft toy that is centred around the animal theme. Many kids grow up with pets as well. But have your ever wondered about teaching your little one about animals name in English?

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Yes. It is vital to teach kids about the animals. Children must know the names of some basic animals, if not all. To help you teach your little ones teach the a to z animals name, we have created and amazing lists of names of animals based on their eating habits below.

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Let’s begin!

Benefits Of Learning Animal Names For Children

Just learning the name of different animals is not enough. We must teach our children about the benefits of learning animal names as well. Following are the benefits of learning animal names in English for children.

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  • It helps to add new words to their vocabulary.
  • It helps them to learn about habits of animals.
  • It helps them to recognise different types of animals.
  • It helps them to build empathy towards animals.
  • It helps them to be in touch with the environment and learn how to take care of nature.

Why It Is Difficult For Kids To Learn Animal Names?

Children find the names of animals a little complicated to learn as animal names are big as opposed to the easy names of things they already know and can understand. Therefore, children find it difficult to learn the name of some animals.

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List Of Animal Names In English For Kids

Looking for animals name and pictures to teach your child? Below we have covered the names of different types of animals that you can use to teach your little one.

Let’s get started!

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Farm Animal Names

Following are some animals that live on a farm. You’ll also find some domestic animals name or pet animal names below.

Farm Animals

  1. Dog
  2. Cat
  3. Cow
  4. Hen
  5. Sheep
  6. Rabbit
  7. Duck
  8. Horse
  9. Pig
  10. Turkey
  11. Chicken
  12. Donkey
  13. Goat
  14. Guinea Pig
  15. Deer
  16. Fish
  17. Bee
  18. Goat
  19. Goose
  20. Rat

Wild Animal Names

There are certain animals that live in forests and mountain areas of the world. Below we have listed down some jungle animals’ names or forest animals’ names to teach your children.

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Wild Animals

  1. Giraffe
  2. Woodpecker
  3. Camel
  4. Starfish
  5. Koala
  6. Alligator
  7. Owl
  8. Tiger
  9. Bear
  10. Blue whale
  11. Coyote
  12. Chimpanzee
  13. Raccoon
  14. Lion
  15. Wolf
  16. Crocodile
  17. Dolphin
  18. Elephant
  19. Squirrel
  20. Snake
  21. Kangaroo
  22. Hippopotamus
  23. Elk
  24. Fox
  25. Gorilla
  26. Bat
  27. Hare
  28. Toad
  29. Frog
  30. Deer
  31. Rat
  32. Badger
  33. Lizard
  34. Mole
  35. Hedgehog
  36. Otter
  37. Reindeer
  38. Monkey
  39. Chimpanzee
  40. Porcupine
  41. Leopard
  42. Cheetah
  43. Panda
  44. Rhinoceros
  45. Zebra

Aquatic Animal Names

Aquatic animals are the ones that live in water. Below is the list of sea animals’ names.

Aquatic Animals

  1. Fish
  2. Whale
  3. Octopus
  4. Shark
  5. Seahorse
  6. Jelly Fish
  7. Turtle
  8. Frog
  9. Crab
  10. Clam
  11. Lobster
  12. Squid
  13. Shrimp
  14. Star Fish
  15. Swordfish
  16. Dugong
  17. Urchin
  18. Dolphin
  19. Crocodile
  20. Seal
  21. Walrus
  22. Sealion
  23. Pelican
  24. Oyster
  25. Manatee

Desert Animal Names

Following is the list of desert animal names.

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Desert Animals

  1. Camel
  2. Snake
  3. Lizards
  4. Jackrabbit
  5. Spiders
  6. Meerkats
  7. Scorpion
  8. Yucca Moth
  9. Sidewinder
  10. Saiga

Some Carnivorous, Herbivorous And Omnivorous Animal Names For Children

Carnivorous, Herbivorous And Omnivorous Animal Names For Children

Animals have a specific food need and can be further divided into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores animals. Let’s look at each of these different types of animals based on the food they eat.

Herbivorous Animals

Animals that eat only plants are known as herbivorous animals. These types of animals generally munch on fruits and seeds of plants. The digestive system of these animals is specially designed to handle different types of plants they eat. Herbivorous animals spend most of their eating and munching. Below are some examples of herbivorous animals.

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  1. Cow
  2. Camel
  3. Deer
  4. Elephant
  5. Zebra
  6. Giraffe
  7. Goat
  8. Horse
  9. Donkey
  10. Bison
  11. Hippopotamus
  12. Kangaroo
  13. Sheep
  14. Reindeer
  15. Mule

Carnivorous Animals

Carnivorous animals are the ones that eat only meat. These animals generally hunt other animals to eat, and thus, spend a lot of their time hunting for their prey. These types of animals provide an important service in the wild because they help control the population of other animal species. Let’s look at some examples of carnivorous animals.

  1. Lion
  2. Tiger
  3. Wolf
  4. Hyena
  5. Polar Bear
  6. Cheetah
  7. Shark
  8. Wolves
  9. Jaguar
  10. Cougar
  11. Anaconda
  12. Alligator
  13. Crocodile
  14. Sea Lion
  15. Octopus

Omnivorous Animals

There are certain animals that eat both animals and plants. These animals are known as omnivorous animals. These animals have a wide variety of food options available that can satisfy their hunger. Omnivorous animals can be found in all type of environment, including deserts, forests, water, and even the arctic. Let’s look at some examples of omnivorous animals.

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  1. Pig
  2. Duck
  3. Squirrel
  4. Mouse
  5. Cat
  6. Cockroach
  7. Fish
  8. Bear
  9. Ant
  10. Ostrich
  11. Chicken
  12. Chimpanzee
  13. Dog
  14. Raccoon
  15. Coyote

Activities That Will Help Your Child To Learn About Animal Names

Now that your child has learned the name of different types of animals, let’s look at some fun, entertaining activities to teach your child animal names in an easy way. Here are some amazing activities to teach small animals’ names and big animals’ names.

1. Flashcard Test

Prepare some flashcards with animal images. You can start by making flashcards of common animals like cow, horse, dog, ant, elephant, lion, tiger, monkey, rat, lizard, fish, octopus, etc. Show these cards to your child, one by one, and ask them the name of animal.

2. Draw An Animal

Explain different types of animals to your child – herbivorous, carnivorous and omnivorous. Now ask your child to draw different animals like – “draw a herbivores animal” or “draw an omnivorous animal”. Help your child if they are unable to come up with an animal to draw.

3. Farm Visit

Take out some time and make a visit to a farm with your child. Show them the types of animals that are present in farm. Explain them which animal is herbivorous, carnivorous and omnivorous. Don’t forget to revise all the animal names after coming back home.

4. Animal ATLAS

You little one will love this game. The player has to say a name of one animal on their turn and the next player have to say the name of any animal that starts with the last letter or previous animal name. For example, if you will say “cat”, your child has to say the name of an animal starting with letter “t”, like “tiger”, and then the next player will say the name of an animal starting with the letter “r”, like “rat”. Continue playing the game till you are out of name of animals.

5. Animal Alphabet

In this game, your child has to name an animal with starting with each letter. For example, A for ant, B for bull, C for cat, D for dog, E for eel, F for from, G for goat, H for horse, and so on.

6. Guess The Animals

Take some sheets and draw just the outline of different animals like cat, horse, dog, etc. on them. Now, one by one, show these sheets to your child and ask them “which animal is this”. You child have to guess the name of animals by looking at its outline. You can give these sheet to your child to colour them later.

Hope you and your little one had a great time learning about the name of animals.

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