Face Off


Saddle up

Watch: Jack - episode 1: Listomania

The horse that Jack wants as his own, Bolt, is an American Quarter Horse. Watch and listen for how Jack describes American Quarter Horses and the ways that these horses are usually similar to each other.

Barn talk

What are some of the ways Jack describes American Quarter Horses? Do you think all American Quarter horses look just like their parents?

Take a ride

Different horse breeds, like the American Quarter Horses that Jack described in the video, tend to have a lot of similarities. But there are usually differences too, even within the same family. One way that horses can look different from their parents is in their face markings.

You’ll need

  1. Five paper plates per child.
  2. Colored markers.
  3. Five popsicle sticks per child.
  4. Glue.


  1. Introduce children to the five basic kinds of face markings that horses can have – star; strip; snip; blaze; bald face (we can include examples of each).
  2. Explain that while baby horses usually look a lot like their parents, they can also be different in their face markings.
  3. Have children draw horse faces with the five different markings on their paper plates. Then have them glue the popsicle sticks to the plates so they form masks.
  4. Gather children in a circle and call out the different markings with the children holding up the correct horse mask.
  5. To follow up, ask children if they look exactly like their parents or other people in their families. How do they look the same? How do they look different? If possible, have children bring in photos of family members and discuss.

Ride some more

Encourage students to play Parts Apart, a game that helps them to learn many parts of the horse.

Horses and standards

Next Generation Science Standards – Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits. K-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

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