This adorable set includes 4 different playing boards (3x3 or 9 spaces to cover on each board) and 36 different cutsie sweet animal cards that match the boards.
Lay out one or more boards and have fun matching each card to a space on the boards, either as an independent activity or as a small group.
Extend this game into a discussion of animals -- as you match each card, discuss the animal's name, characteristics, habitat, type of home, what it might eat, if it lives nearby or far away, etc. Sort the animals by attribute, or make up little stories about the animals.
Of course, you can also make two copies of the cards and play memory- or concentration-style games for more matching fun.