Zoo animal crafts are always popular with kids, after all who doesn’t have their favourite zoo animal? (Mines a red panda by the way, super cute.) Zoos are always a popular day trip for families and they’re a popular topic for kids to learn about too, there are so many gorgeous books and stories about animals that you can share with your children.
Of course crafting is the most fun when it’s not stressful (my kids have totally had meltdowns when something’s been to hard) so I’ve tried to pick some easy zoo animal crafts so that there should be options available for preschool age kids as well as those a bit older.
In fact some of these crafts were made by my kids when they were in preschool so I know that they’re pretty easy!
We’ve shared some Dear Zoo activities and crafts before but this includes other zoo animal crafts which that book doesn’t and I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite zoo animal books for kids.
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Zoo Books for Kids
I try as much as I can to regularly change up the books that I read at home with my kids, because after all no wants story time to become boring!
My children have always enjoyed it when I’ve been able to link what we’re making to what we’re reading about so some zoo themed books seemed like a nice idea. If your child has a favourite book based on zoo’s or their favourite zoo animal I’d love to hear about it.
All of these books are ones that I’ve read with my own children and which have stood the test of time with them, our copies are all very well used!
- What The Ladybird Heard on Holiday* by Julia Donaldson – I did a sponsored post for Macmillan a couple of years ago sharing a ladybird paper plate craft for this book but in all honesty it’s a book we love and still a regular bedtime story.
- Dear Zoo* by Rod Campbell – yes I did just mention it but with good reason, this book is a classic and one of those that I could previously re-tell off by heart without looking at it as we read it so often.
- The Skipping Rope Snake* by Carol Ann Duffy – more jungle than zoo based but with lots of animals and a firm favourite here.
Zoo Animal Crafts
I made these paper plate snakes with my kids recently and I think their versions are better than mine!
Use torn paper to make this paper plate zebra.
We made some Dear Zoo story spoons to help tell the story.
I love the mane on this lion craft.
This post contains a really simple paper bag elephant craft.
Elmer has to be our favourite elephant so we made an Elmer suncatcher.
This footprint monkey craft is really sweet!
My son made these snakes to help with his scissor skills.
Make some simple paper plate parrots.
The paper plate llama in this post is really cute!
This turtle craft for kids is really easy to make.
Penguins are one of my favourite animals and this movable penguin paper plate craft is really sweet too.
Make some simple toilet roll giraffes.
Red Ted Art shares a lovely toilet roll koala craft.
I love this paper plate hippopotamus craft from I Heart Crafty Things.
More Animal Crafts for Kids
These crafts aren’t really zoo animal crafts but they’re all so fun I thought you might like to check them out too! Let’s start with this rabbit paper plate twirler that you could make ‘bounce’ if you like.
This polar bear craft is perfect for younger kids to make.
Use torn paper to make this paper plate bee.