The perfect Montessori life cycle of a panda as well as parts of a panda for a Montessori classroom's zoology shelves or Asia continent study!

Montessori Panda Life Cycle Study

Teaching your children about the life cycle of a panda has never been easier or more fun! With this set of detailed Montessori panda life cycle printables, you can easily create engaging and fun activities to help your students learn all about pandas. This set includes printable images that clearly demonstrate the life cycle of a panda as well as parts of a panda, making it perfect for your Montessori classroom’s zoology shelves or Asia continent study!

Montessori Panda Life Cycle Activities

This Panda Life Cycle set can help to reinforce key concepts by providing a visual representation of the material. This can be especially helpful for younger learners who are just beginning to learn about animals and their life cycles. The Panda Life Cycle Printables provide an easy-to-understand visual explanation.

This panda study is also part of our Asia Theme in the Hands-on Kids Activities Club. You can learn more about the HOKA Club here.

Spinner

Use the included spinner to create a fun visual showing the life cycle of a panda. This is a fun and enticing visual for young children. Spin the cover to discover the next step!

Panda 3-Part Cards

Introduce your students to new vocabulary with 3-part cards. This is a classic material in Montessori classrooms to help your students master new information/vocabulary terms. We also have some Schleich figurines that are on display with our panda materials.

Included with this set of 3-part cards is a cover image. You can add the covers to envelopes or storage containers to help you easily recognise the set of 3-part cards when not in use.

DIY Panda Life Cycle Colouring Book

Children enjoy to make their own materials! You can offer our Panda Life Cycle Colouring Book alongside coloured pencils, a pencil sharpener, figurines, and a bowl for pencil shavings.

You can provide the panda life cycle poster to the children as a visual clue for colouring the images.

Children can colour the images. Once they are finished, bind the books using staples or a binding machine. Now, they can read their own homemade panda books!

Panda Cut and Paste

Offer the Panda Life Cycle Mat plus circle cards to the children. We also use glue in a small bowl with a paint brush. I add the glue to the bowl after the children select this work to prevent it from drying out. Alternatively, a glue stick or bottle would work.

Switch it up:

Instead of offering the life cycle circles, children can draw the stages of the life cycle themselves!

Stages of the life cycle of a panda

Another type of activity you can offer is the cut out life cycle images. Children place the images in order to represent the stages of the life cycle.

Parts of a Panda

Now, let’s study the parts of a panda! You can use the included poster and labels. For durability, you could laminate the pieces and add velcro dots. We don’t laminate materials for home use.

Children can use the cards to label the parts or write the names of each in the blank boxes. A control poster is also included for your students to check their work.

To take this activity to the next level though, you may want to make a panda puzzle! This activity is so. much. fun! We did include instructions and printables for making your own felt panda!

Children can put the puzzle together and then label the parts of a panda using their felt puzzle.

Extensions:
– Children can write their own labels
– Children can draw or paint their own panda

Panda Fine Motor and Practical Life Activities

Fine motor skills are essential for completing basic daily tasks, such as getting dressed, eating, writing, using scissors etc. Offering different types of activities to help develop these skills in a fun way can help to strengthen children’s hand muscles and fine motor control!

Lacing Pandas for Fine Motor Development

Lacing is a great preliminary sewing work. It takes a lot of concentration for little ones to find the holes and pull the string through!

To prepare this activity, all you need to do is punch holes along the indicated spots on the printable panda. This is something you should laminate or reinforce or extra thick cardstock to make sure the paper does not tear while the child is working with it.

We used a plastic needle which a bit larger than a sewing needle. We kept the string and needle attached on the shelves, and places both into a small, clear bag. Both the bag and the string are yellow because we used this material with our Asia resources.

Panda Scissor Strips and Lines

Your students can practice scissor skills, using proper and safe grasp while neatly cutting along the dashed line with these fun panda strips. Offer with scissors or manipulatives that children can place on the line.

Panda Preschool Scissor Practice is the perfect way to engage your little ones and help them develop their fine motor skills!
Panda Preschool Scissor Practice is the perfect way to engage your little ones and help them develop their fine motor skills!

Transferring Bamboo

We had some little bamboo style sticks. You can present them alongside tongs or a spoon for children to transfer from one bowl to another.

Math and Counting

You can also offer small manipulatives alongside Montessori number tiles or sandpaper numbers to practice number quantity. We had more of the small sticks and simply used those!

Get the Printables

Create your own Montessori panda life cycle activities with our panda life cycle printables!

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DISCOVER THE HOKA COMMUNITY

Please do note: the full North America theme and resources are available to HOKA Club members, including our guide that will help to break down the month. Our guide also has several tutorials showing you how to add hands-on activities to this unit study. You can learn more about the HOKA programme here.

For now, you can download some of the materials included in this article above.

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