Big Horse, Little Horse… Zorse! Huh?!

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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.

Huh?!

DID YOU KNOW:  Horses, zebras, and donkeys can all interbreed, because they all descended from the same original ‘horse KIND’.

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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.

Horse-Zebra Article A4

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PHOTO SUGGESTIONS

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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.

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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.

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OTHER LANGUAGES

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.

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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.

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HORSE ~ COLOURING PAGES, PUZZLES, CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Bible Verses about Horses

The world’s tallest horse meets the world’s smallest horse  (creation.com) article about Radar and Thumbelina

Kids devotions and activities with a farm theme or backyard theme  (Biblesnackpacks.com) Grab a farm snack or backyard snack; free printable

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)

Horse – 9 colouring pages

Man with horse – colouring (Dover sample)

Horse – colouring / puzzles / learn to draw

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

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pixabay zebra+baby

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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 colouring pages (scroll down) and Zebra – free printables (Activity Village) puzzles, learn to draw, template, mask, and more

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 – labels   add your own text – why not add a Bible verse and make your own Bible verse wallet cards; 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

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donkeys

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DONKEY ~ COLOURING PAGES, PUZZLES, CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE 

Bible Verses about Donkeys

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

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ZENKEY… UH HUH!  :)

Zebra / Donkey – hybrid born in Japanese zoo

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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:

Bible Poster or Verse Card
Bible Bookmark – add your child’s name!
Bible Note Cards
Bible Wallet Cards
Bible Stickers
Board Game about horse-KINDS
Stationery

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).

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ARTICLE TEXT

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!

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And when you write to your Compassion child, don’t forget… :)

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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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