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.
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
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
We made this elephant suncatcher as an Elmer craft but by using grey colours instead of (lots!) of colours for Elmer it would work well as a Dear Zoo craft.
This lion craft for kids uses pom poms to create the mane.
This easy snake craft is perfect for helping kids to practice their scissor skills.
Make a camel out of toilet rolls with this fun tutorial from Red Ted Art
Make a paper bag puppy that kids can use as a puppet too.
We made this toilet roll dog craft for Valentines Day but it could be easily adapted by not using the hearts.
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