Answered by Shaykh Abul ‘Ataa Ahmad Banaja (may Allah preserve him)
Question : What is the ruling on teaching small children using pictures of animate beings ? For example , Teaching small children in schools by showing them the pictures of lion, snake, scorpion etc… Doed this come under ‘Necessity’ ?
I had answered a question like this before and the summary of it was; These pictures are prohibited and unnecessary, and there are a lot of permissible replacements which suffices without the need to resort to this prohibited affair.
And if you couldn’t find any other way and it’s really important for them to know the lion or any other animal, just send them to the zoo.