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40+ Dear Zoo Activities and Crafts

Dear Zoo is one of my preschoolers favourite books so it seemed only right to create a round up of Dear Zoo activities and crafts as I’m sure there are lots of other kids who feel the same! I wasn’t sure at first how many I’d be able to find but after asking a few bloggers for assistance I was overwhelmed by the most amazing selection of Dear Zoo activities, I’m sure you’ll love them too! Some of these are zoo activities for kids while others are specific Dear Zoo activities. There’s a really good range from Dear Zoo literacy activities to colouring sheets and crafts so I’m sure you’ll find something that’s right for you and your kids.

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The Dear Zoo activities I’m sharing today are all in the same order that they appear in the image below, but of course there’s loads more than just the ones in this picture so make sure you check them all out for loads more ideas. I’m shared all the activities first and then done a separate list at the bottom of Dear Zoo animal crafts for kids as there were so many great ideas to share. I’ve also included some more zoo animal books you might enjoy and if you enjoy this round up then at the bottom of this page you’ll find some links to some more of my favourite activities for kids books.


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Dear Zoo Activities and Crafts

Fantastic Fun and Learning has an edible small world zoo that might just be my favourite activity because marshmallows. We’ve always been a big fan of Tuff Spots and this would be great for that!

Doily lion from I Heart Crafty Things (see the list of Dear Zoo animal crafts below!)

Play animal charades with this free printable from Buggy and Buddy

This Dear Zoo storytelling basket from The Imagination Tree is perfect for younger kids

These Dear Zoo story spoons from Crafts on Sea are super easy to make and perfect if you are working with a group

There are loads of fabulous Dear Zoo activities for kids in this post from You Clever Monkey including a lift the flap drawing prompt and animal weighing activity

Got recycling bin full of stuff? Red Ted Art shares how to make zoo animals out of toilet rolls

I know my daughter would love this zoo busy box from Teach me Mommy

There are loads of Dear Zoo activities and crafts on the Dear Zoo and friends site with a spot the difference, colouring page, Dear Zoo lion mask and a Dear Zoo follow the path activity sheet.

The TES has four Dear Zoo literacy activities that are free to download here including writing container labels and writing a letter to the zoo.

3 Dinosaurs have a ‘Swing Into Summer Learning’ set with a zoo theme

Practice counting with these zoo clip cards from Schooling a Monkey

This zoo animal themed sensory bin from The Moments at Home would be great for younger kids

The Fairy and the Frog share how to use Dear Zoo to develop speech and language skills

You Clever Monkey shares how to design your own zoo playmat

This zoo small world from Teaching 2 and 3 year olds was originally designed for the book Tuff Spots but I think it works really well as a Dear Zoo activity for kids too.

Toddler Approved have a whole week of zoo learning activities, I think this animal salt painting might be my favourite as it looks so pretty!

More Zoo Books

If you love reading zoo animal books with your kids then these are some more we think you might enjoy!


Dear Zoo Animal Crafts

dear zoo inspired animal crafts for kids

Giraffe crafts

Make this cute giraffe finger puppet from I Heart Crafty Things or this paper bag giraffe inspired by Greedy Steve

Elephant crafts

Make this elephant craft using newspaper from Buggy and Buddy or this paper bag elephant from Crafts on Sea

Lion crafts

Make this cute doily lion from I Heart Crafty Things or this sea shell lion from Crafts on Sea

Snake crafts

Kids Craft Room shares how to make an articulated snake or this snake craft for kids is great for supporting scissor skills

Camel crafts

Make a camel out of toilet rolls with this fun tutorial from Red Ted Art

Monkey crafts

Easy Peasy and Fun has a super cute monkey paper plate craft or you could make this handprint monkey from Fun Handprint Art

Frog crafts

I love this paper plate frog craft from Fireflies and Mud Pies or you could make this cupcake liner frog from from Kids Activities Blog

Puppy crafts

Try this footprint puppy craft from Crafty Morning or this easy origami puppy from Red Ted Art

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  1. 12th June 2017 / 1:26 pm

    Oh I loved this book when my kids were smaller. Such a lovely selection of craft ideas.

  2. 12th June 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Love these craft ideas! Dear Zoo is one of our favourite picture books – will keep these in mind for our next rainy day craft session.

  3. 13th June 2017 / 9:14 am

    We love this book. What a great collection of fun crafts to enhance a wonderful story xx

  4. 14th June 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Dear Zoo is one of my most favourite books. What a great selection of ideas

  5. 16th June 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Thank you for including our zoo small world play – this is such a fun collection!

  6. 29th June 2017 / 7:12 am

    We love this book, and who doesn’t love zoo animals, I love all of these crafts such fun ways to bring this wonderful book to life.

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