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Animal, plant or mineral


Animal, plant or mineral

What to do with this activity?

"Animal, plant or mineral" is a talking game that can be fun especially on long journeys. Here's how to play.

One person thinks of an item and says whether it is an animal, a plant or a mineral. Then the other players have to guess what it is by asking questions like "Is it big?" or "Do we eat it?". The person who thought of the item can only answer "yes" or "no" until the players get it right. 

Sometimes it's a challenge to think of what category to put the item in - for instance a belt can be both animal (the leather) and mineral (the buckle). Or a book might be classed as plant because paper is made from trees. Sometimes there is no right answer, but it's good to have a discussion about it.

Scientists find it very useful to classify animals, plants and minerals. It can get very complicated - nature is so varied.

Enjoy this online game of "Animal, vegetable, or mineral" from English Online here. You have to move very quickly!



  • Why am I doing this?

    Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them. 

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.

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