30+ Wild Zoo Crafts and Activities for Kids

Zoo Crafts for Kids
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When you ask a child what their favorite animal is, chances are they will tell you something fun and exotic like an elephant or a lion! In today’s article, we will be sharing our favorite zoo crafts and activities with all of your favorite wild animals. With over 32 zoo animal crafts, there is something for everyone!

Paper Plate Animal Crafts Collection for Kids

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Zoo Animal Crafts for Kids

Interesting Zoo Facts

  • Over 600 million people visit zoos every year.
  • There is estimated to be around 3,000 zoos in the world.
  • Germany is the country with the most zoos.
  • The oldest zoo in the United States is the Philadelphia Zoo which opened in 1874.

1. Zoo Animal Craft Bookmarks

Zo Animal Bookmarks for Kids

These zoo animal bookmarks are perfect for your little ones, whether they are an animal lover or a book worm. Click HERE to discover the free printable.

2. Zoo Coloring Pages

Printable Zoo Coloring Pages

Looking for a low to no prep activity that will keep your kids entertained for hours? Coloring pages are the way to go! Click HERE to get your free and printable zoo animal coloring pages.

3. Paper Plate Tiger Craft

PAPER PLATE TIGER CRAFT STEP 7

Did you know that tigers are the largest cats in the world? Some species, like the Siberian Tiger, can weigh up to 1000 pounds! Celebrate our feline friends with this paper plate tiger! Click HERE to read the full set of instructions.

4. Recycled Newspaper Tiger Craft

TIGER CRAFT STEP 5

It is our responsibility to keep our earth clean both for our safety and wildlife’s. Giving a second life to things that would otherwise be thrown away is an excellent way to reduce our waste. Take this recycled newspaper craft for example! Want to learn how to make it for yourself? Click HERE.

5. Paper Plate Lion Craft

Lions are among the world’s largest cats, second only to the tiger. You can learn how to make this paper plate craft inspired by the mighty lion when you visit HERE.

6. Tissue Paper Lion Craft

Lion Craft for Preschoolers

Did you know that a lion’s mane is used to impress female lions and intimidate other male lions? Its mane get darker with age. This craft is a great activity to show off this unique feature. Use light orange tissue paper to show a young and peppy lion or a dark orange or brown to show an old and wise one. Click HERE to get the free printable.

7. Paper Lion Craft

LION CRAFT STEP 6

Fun fact: Every craft you see on our website (including this paper lion) can be made with just a few items you probably already have laying around your house. (Want to be ready for any craft we send at you? Click HERE to learn what you’ll need).

8. Paper Plate Elephant Craft

Did you know that Elephants are the closest living relatives to the wholly mammoths? They began to evolve separately from mammoths about 800,000 years ago! Click HERE to learn how to make this paper plate craft inspired by these ancient creatures.

9. Recycled Newspaper Elephant Craft

ELEPHANT CRAFT

If you liked our recycled newspaper tiger then you will love this elephant craft! Our free and printable template makes this craft suitable for kids of all ages. Click HERE to read the full set of instructions.

10. Paper Plate Elephant Craft

paper plate elephant craft

One of the things that elephants are best known for is their gigantic ears, but did you know that they aren’t just for hearing? Their big ears are also used to cool them in the African and Asian heat. We’ve replicated this unique feature with this paper plate elephant craft whose ears really move! Click HERE to learn how to make it yourself.

11. Paper Elephant Craft

ELEPHANT CRAFT FOR KIDS

Did you know that an elephant’s trunk has many purposes? They are used to eat, drink, pick up objects and communicate with other elephants. You can check out this paper craft inspired by this unique animal when you visit HERE.

12. Washi Tape Elephant Craft

ELMER ELEPHANT CRAFT

This easy elephant craft is a great way for your little one to show off their creativity. Their elephant should be just as unique as they are! Click HERE to learn how to make this abstract elephant craft.

13. Paper Giraffe Craft

Cute Giraffe Craft for Kids

A six-foot-tall neck? Purple tongue? Bright yellow with brown spots? Giraffes are truly unique creatures. You can learn how to make this paper craft inspired by this wacky creature when you click HERE.

14. Paper Giraffe Craft

Giraffe Craft for Kids

Did you know that giraffe’s fight with other giraffes using their necks? The act is called “necking”. This paper giraffe craft is the perfect activity to teach your kids about these awesome creatures. Click HERE to find the full set of instructions.

15. Recycled Newspaper Giraffe Craft

GIRAFFE CRAFT FOR PRESCHOOLERS

If you’re looking for a craft that uses what you already have lying around the house, then this recycled newspaper giraffe craft is the perfect activity for you. You can learn how to make it yourself when you click HERE.

16. Fluffy Panda Craft

PANDA CRAFT STEP 8

Did you know that pandas are an endangered species? One way that we can do our park help these adorable creatures is to spread the word and educate the younger population. Talking to your little one while making this fluffy panda craft is a great way! Click HERE to read the full set of instructions.

17. Recycled Newspaper Panda Craft

PANDA CRAFT STEP 7

Another way to protect our endangered species is to reduce, reuse and recycle. One of my favorite ways to reduce my environmental footprint is to make recycled newspaper crafts like this one! Want to learn how to make this adorable panda craft? Click HERE for the full set of instructions.

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18. Paper Plate Panda Craft

Paper Plate Panda Craft for Kids

This paper plate panda craft is a great way to not only pass time and have fun but also improve your child’s fine motor skills. Lacing is an excellent activity to improve bilateral coordination and visual perception skills. Click HERE to learn more.

19. Monkey Craft

PAPER PLATE MONKEY CRAFT

Your kid will love making this paper monkey craft. The metal brads allow its arms and legs to swing like a real monkey! Click HERE to read the full set of instructions.

20. Paper Plate Sloth Craft

PAPER PLATE SLOTH CRAFT STEP 6

Did you know that sloths are the slowest mammals in the world? You can learn how to make this paper plate craft inspired by this unique creature when you click HERE.

21. Recycled Newspaper Sloth Craft

SLOTH CRAFT STEP 5

Newspapers are one of those things that just pile up. You buy it and it seems wasteful to throw it away after only reading it once, so it gets thrown into a random drawer or closet. This newspaper sloth is a great way to give your newspaper a second life and get your money’s worth. Click HERE to learn how to make it yourself.

22. 3D Paper Crocodile Craft

PAPER CROCODILE CRAFT STEP 4

One of my favorite parts of visiting my local zoo was walking across the wobbly bridge that hangs over the crocodile pit. You can learn how to make this paper craft inspired by the crocodile when you visit HERE.

23. Paper Plate Polar Bear Craft

Easy Paper plate polar bear craft for kids step 6

Did you know that polar bears are the largest land predators in the world? This is a stark comparison to their fluffy appearance. Want to learn how to make this paper plate craft inspired by this mighty animal? Click HERE.

24. Paper Plate Lacing Polar Bear Craft

PAPER PLATE POLAR BEAR CRAFT

If you liked the paper plate panda from earlier, then you will love this polar bear craft. Not only is it fun to make, but it is also an excellent tool in helping your children improve their fine motor skills. You can learn how to make this craft when you click HERE.

25. Popsicle Stick Polar Bears

polar bear step 4b

What I love most about this popsicle stick polar bear craft is the tactile experience. Your little one will love petting their new polar bear pet after their done making it. Click HERE to access to full set of instructions.

26. Paper Plate Hippo Craft

Hippo Craft for Kids made from paper plates

Fun fact- even though hippopotamuses up to 16 hours per day in the water, they cannot swim or even float! Instead, they run along the bottom of the river. Despite this, when we think of hippos, we often image their big heads popping out of the water. This paper plate craft perfect encapsulates what I imagine when I think of hippos. Click HERE to learn how to make it for yourself.

27. Paper Bag Penguin Craft

Pengiun Craft for Kids made from a paper lunch bag

Did you know that there are over 17 different species of penguins? You can learn how to make this paper bag craft inspired by this adorable creature when you visit HERE.

28. Paper Penguin Craft

PENGUIN CRAFT FOR KIDS

Lacing crafts are one of my personal favorites. Not only are they fun to make but they’re also an excellent resource to help your children improve their find motor skills. Click HERE to learn more.

29. Paper Plate Rhino Craft

RHINO CRAFT STEP 7

One of my favorite parts of crafting is that there are so many ways to customize your craft to make it look just the way you want. The free template that comes along with this craft gives you the option to make your rhino look sleepy or shocked. The choice is yours! You can get the free printable when you click HERE.

30. Paper Plate Koala Craft + Joey

Did you know that koala’s carry their young on their back? This paper plate craft is a perfect way to emulate this unique feature. Click HERE to learn how to make this koala craft yourself!

31. Paper Plate Zebra Craft

One of the most unique creatures by far is the zebra! Their unique black stripes allow zebras to blend in with their environment as well as evenly distribute heat. You can learn how to make this paper plate craft inspired by the zebra when you click HERE.

32. Recycled Newspaper Craft

EASY ZEBRA CRAFT WITH NEWSPAPER

If you liked the last zebra craft, then you’ll love this one. Not only is it beautiful, but it also is a great craft to use up any newspaper you have lying around the house. Click HERE to view the full set of instructions.

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