Objective: Children will learn the characteristics of reptiles and how they compare with other animals.

  • Find drawings or pictures of reptiles and other types of animals from books, magazines or old calendars.

  • Make word cards for the words, Reptiles, Animals, Yes, and No.

  • Have glitter glue, and colored pencils or crayons.

  • Print out an IGUANA coloring sheet from the link iguana. One per child.

  • Suggested book:

      • The Iguana Brothers, a Tale of Two Lizards by Tony Johnston

Read the book then discuss reptiles while showing pictures.

Discuss the characteristics of reptiles:
  • All reptiles are cold-blooded.
  • Have scales.
  • Have dry skin.
  • Lay eggs.
  • Have 4 legs or no legs.
  • Have ear holes instead of ears.

Play the Yes and No game with pictures of different animals.  “Is this a reptile?” Then place the animal on the yes or no pile.  This gives an opportunity to discuss and review characteristics of different animals.

Activity:  Give the iguana his scales.

  • Have children color the iguana with crayons or colored pencils.
  • Paint the iguana’s back with glitter glue to represent the scales.

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