1 Horse + 1 Cow = 1 Giraffe?! Of course not! Everybody knows that!
In this FREE article that I designed for my Compassion kids they will meet Radar, the world’s tallest living horse (2008); and Thumbelina, the world’s smallest living horse. They will also meet Eclyse, a beautiful zorse (zebra-horse hybrid). Her story goes like this…
Her Mum, Eclipse, is a horse. She went on a holiday and shared a nice little paddock with some other horses, oh AND… a zebra called Ulysses. Eclyse was the stunning little surprise that was born later.
DID YOU KNOW: Horses, zebras, and donkeys can all interbreed, because they all descended from the same original ‘horse KIND’.
HORSE ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
My FREE articles for our kids are all about putting God at the centre of each package. Make this article your own ~ just add photos! You will find photo suggestions below. And this easy how-to tutorial will show you how to add them. And at the end of this post, you will find FREE horse-KIND colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids to make your horse-KIND package a party.
- Radar meets Thumbelina – Tallest horse meets the smallest living horse – Guinness World Records photo shoot (2008)
- Eclyse – Zorse (Horse / Zebra hybrid); More photos of Eclyse
- Horse, donkey, zebra more horse-KIND and hybrid pics
LAMINATE / BINDER TIPS
Laminate article for best results and to keep it looking nice. Or you may like to put it in a binder with some FREE horse colouring pages, puzzles and crafts (scroll down) to make your own DIY Activity Book.
SEND AN EXTRA COPY
I used to also send an extra copy of the article for my child’s Compassion teacher ~ with a post-it note on it to remind them to give it to them. My kids have told me that their teachers love them.
This article is also available in French. I also send these articles to our other non-English speaking children, but just make sure to include the article text (see below) within the body of my letter, prefaced by something like, “This time I want to tell you about…” I literally make it ‘the letter’ and simply add some hugs and kisses and no more than a short extra paragraph around it, to make sure it will be translated. An extra letter, if you like.
DID YOU KNOW: Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), the scientist who designed the original classification system of living things was just one of many great scientists who believed in the Bible? He knew that God created all living things in KINDS. That’s why the classification system of living things works! There is tremendous adaptation and variation within each KIND (natural selection), but if a horse-kind animal breeds with another animal from the horse-kind, it will still be a horse. Of course! In fact, this is one way we can tell what animals or plants belong to an original KIND – whether or not they can breed. In real life, cows breed cows, horses breed horses, and pigs never fly.
HORSE ~ COLOURING PAGES, PUZZLES, CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
The world’s tallest horse meets the world’s smallest horse (creation.com) article about Radar and Thumbelina
Horse – colouring with Bible verse from Daniel 11:32 – The people who know their God shall be strong and do great things; two horses in a paddock; free printable
Horse – colouring (Dover sample) 4 pages; very cute
Horse – colouring (Dover sample) realistic
Horse and playful foal – colouring (Dover sample)
Horse and sedate foal – colouring (Dover sample)
Horse – colour by number (Dover sample)
Man with horse – colouring (Dover sample)
Horse – learn to draw and colour (Dover sample)
Horse – colouring pages free printable
Horse – printables for kids (Activity Village) colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, worksheets, learn to draw, template, mask, and more; free printable
Horse mazes free printable
Horse shaped mazes (e.g. number 10 in each book is a different horse maze); free printable
Horse – learn to draw + traceover cute cartoon style; free printable
Horse – learn to draw legs, body and feet in more realistic detail
Horse mazes (Goodsearch)
Horse – face mask for kids in colour or to colour; free printable
Horse – craft ride the stick ponies or put them in the ‘horse pasture’ so kids can pet them through the fence; adapt these cute templates for paper; free printable
Horse – bookmark grunge background with horses in grey and brown tones suitable for boys or girls. Each bookmark features a silhouette of a horse at the top and a more detailed horse graphic at the bottom; perfect to add a favourite Bible verse; free printable
Cowgirl Bingo (pink) free printable
Horses grazing in field – Bible poster with Bible verse from Psalm 150:6 – Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD; horses grazing among flowers; mountains in background; free printable
Horse / Donkey (hybrid) – Bible poster with Bible verse from Ephesians 4:24 – You must display a new nature because you are a new person created in God’s likeness, holy and true; (he’s just beautiful! And it’s a fun story, just like Eclyse); free printable
Horse and friends – lined stationery playful animals on farm – horse, pig, cow, puppy and chick; free printable
Horse – stationery (stationerytree) blank, lined or handwriting; free version is fine
ZEBRA ~ COLOURING PAGES, PUZZLES, CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Zebra or horse? A ‘zorse’, of course (creation.com) article about Eclyse
Super cute zebra, giraffe, monkey – colouring free printable
Zebra – colouring free printable
Zebra, giraffe and lion – Safari colouring free printable
Zebra Maze (pdf) colourful maze winds through two zebra coats; free printable
Safari finger puppets to colour – zebra and friends (Answers in Genesis) super cute zebra, monkey, hippo, cheetah, giraffe and elephant; free printable
Zebra – craft colour and make into standing figures or a zoo in a box; free printable
Zebra – cardboard roll craft free printable
Zebra + African animals – mobile from Activity Village; zebra, hippo, rhino, lion; all cute; free printable
Zebra – craft to make standing zebra in the shape of a Z; free printable
Zebra – face mask for kids in colour or to colour; free printable
Zebra print – bookmark along with tiger, leopard and giraffe; add a favourite Bible verse; free printable
Zebra print ~ stationery (pageborders.org) free version is fine
Zebra print ~ stationery (stationerytree.com) blank, lined or handwriting; free printable
Zebra ~ stationery portrait or landscape; free printable
DONKEY ~ COLOURING PAGES, PUZZLES, CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Donkey colouring pages (Goodsearch)
Donkey – printables (Activity Village) colouring pages, puzzles, learn to draw, jigsaw, traceover; template, mask and more; free printable
Donkey and farm animals – finger puppets super cute; free printable
Donkey – face mask for kids in colour or to colour; free printable
Horse / Donkey – Bible poster with Bible verse from Ephesians 4:24 – You must display a new nature because you are a new person created in God’s likeness, holy and true; (he’s just beautiful! And it’s a fun story, just like Eclyse); free printable
ZENKEY… UH HUH! :)
MORE CREATIVE IDEAS
Found a horse-kind photo or clip art that you just know that your Compassion child will love? Add a Bible verse and make your own horse-kind:
Don’t see any horse-kind puzzles you like? Make your own. Don’t forget to jazz up your coloring pages and envelopes if you are including any special treats like stickers. (Sticker sheets are fine for your sponsored child).
BIG HORSE, LITTLE HORSE… ZORSE!
Meet Radar—the world’s tallest living horse! And Thumbelina—the world’s smallest living horse! This photo was taken for the Guinness World Records 2008. Radar stands 202cm (6 feet 7.5 inches) from hoof to shoulder. Thumbelina is only about the size of a small dog.
….huh???!!! What on earth is that??!!!!
It’s a zorse! Meet Eclyse! She is a zebra-horse. Her story goes like this… Her Mum, Eclipse, is a horse. She went on a holiday and shared a nice little paddock with some other horses… AND a zebra called Ulysses! Eclyse was the stunning little surprise that was born later! She looks as though she’s been painted by a clever artist, but her markings are real. She’s just beautiful, isn’t she?
Did you know: Horses, zebras, and donkeys can all interbreed, because they all descended from the same original ‘horse KIND’—as beautifully demonstrated by Eclyse. If any of them were to have a baby, we know it would not be a giraffe or a cow. It would still be of the horse KIND. There is also a great variation of sizes built into God’s original design—just ask Radar and Thumbelina. Did you know that the oldest horse fossil that has been found looked exactly like… a horse!
This means that Noah only needed 2 equines (or horse-KINDS) to put on the ark – one male and one female. All the horses, donkeys, zebras alive today would have descended from them. Hmmm… I wonder what those original ancestors looked like? At least one of them must have had stripes, because although zebra offspring can lose stripes in just a few generations; horse offspring cannot gain stripes. Once the genetic information is lost, it is lost forever—unless a striped equine is re-introduced back into the population, as what happened with Eclyse.
God created everything in the very first week of history, when the world was made. Have a look in your Bible – in Genesis chapter 1 – and see if you can work out what day He created horses and all the other animals that live on land. God created so many wonderful things for us to care for and enjoy. Things that are beautiful…. intricate… mysterious… perfect. To teach us about Him. To show us how wonderful, magnificent, wise and powerful He is. So that we will worship Him! Jesus! God the Creator!
And when you write to your Compassion child, don’t forget… :)
UPDATE 2013: Thumbelina still holds this Guinness World record. She even has her own website with millions of adoring fans. However Radar has since been ousted by a gentle giant called Jake. Check him out! At 6 feet 11 inches, he is enormous! I wonder if Thumbelina will get to meet Jake for a photo shoot sometime soon. :)
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