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20 Zoo Animal Crafts Preschoolers Will Love

Check out these great ideas for zoo animal crafts preschoolers will love.

A few days ago my son literally busted in my bedroom room at about 7am, like he usually does, and he was talking about the jungle and his favorite animal the tiger at the time. It gave me a great idea of putting together some great ideas for zoo animal crafts preschoolers would love.

We are currently living through a pandemic, and many people are practicing social distancing. This time can be stressful and many ways, and it has become abundantly clear that I need to keep my kids busy so I don’t put my stress on them. I figured crafting can be paired with a trip to “virtual zoo” while we are all stuck at home . My kids loved seeing the pictures online, and then doing the crafts.

So pretend you’re spending the day at the zoo with these zoo animal crafts for kids and let me know how it goes in the comment section below! Elephants, crocodiles, lions, tigers, and more can be created and your kids will love learning more about these different zoo animals while also having fun crafting.

Whatever type of zoo animal your child may like, I’ve collected all kinds of awesome ideas and you can use these zoo animal crafts ideas to have an awesome time with the kids while we watch and see what happens with the Coronavirus pandemic. If you need more ideas, make sure to check out my posts on screen-free activities and toddler learning boards . Keep Toddlers Busy has also been sited on an awesome list of preschool activities at !

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Preschool Zoo Animal Crafts

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Paper Plate Animals

1. paper plate animal puppets.

My kids loved these puppets! My son carried them around everywhere. I did help them draw and color these (they also did their own), and it was such a great bonding experience. I also Love these colored paper plates .

Paper Plate Animal Puppets

2. Paper Plate Elephant Craft

Find the tutorial for the cute elephant craft at Crafty Morning !

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3. Paper Plate Penguin

I love this little Penguin Craft! This was always one of my favorite parts of the zoo. Just add construction paper with your plates and I also like to used googly eyes like the ones here for so many projects.

paper plate penguin

4. Paper Plate Lion

Easy and adorable! Find the how-to at Kids Activity Blog

Paper Plate Lion

5. Paper Plate Frog Craft

A made these silly frogs with my kids and they loved it. Find the tutorial Our Kid Things and use construction paper for the tongue!

Paper Plate Frog Craft

6. Paper Plate Flamingo

Using plates to make zoo animals in creative ways. Love this craft at Fun Family Crafts

Paper Plate Flamingo

7. Elephant Paper Plate

This one is amazing and will be my next zoo project!

 Elephant Paper Plate

8. Paper Plate Shark

Perfect! Baby Shark was a hit so this is sure to be a hit with the kiddos.

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9. Paper Plate Turtle

What a beautiful craft! Find it at The Resourceful Mama

Paper Plate Turtle

10. Paper Plate Monkey

You can’t go wrong with a silly monkey craft !

Paper Plate Monkey

11. Paper Plate Owl Crafts

This is literally the best paper plate owl craft I could find! So cute.

Paper Plate Owl Crafts

12. Easy Paper Plate Ladybug

The ladybug isn’t officially a zoo animal but I’m pretty sure they are found at the zoo 🙂 Being Mrs. C

Easy Paper Plate Ladybug

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13. cardboard tube tiger.

Easy and cute! Since everyone has stock piled toilet tissue there should be plenty of supplies for this one 🙂 Creative Family Fun

Cardboard Tube Tiger

14. Wizard of Oz Footprint Puppets

Lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh My! tutorial at Fun Hand Print Art

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15. Paper Chain Snake

I remember these chain from school. Such a cool snake craft idea.

Paper Chain Snake

16. Paper Caterpillar Craft

I found the source for this particular craft so I included a snapshot of the how-to and a link below. It’s a cute idea!

Paper Caterpillar Craft

Check out the how- to at Easy Peasy and Fun !

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17. Paper Butterfly Puppet

This is a beautiful butterfly craft! Find the tutorial at

Paper Butterfly Puppet

18. Paper Bag Giraffe Puppet

The classic paper bag puppet! Find it at

 Paper Bag Giraffe Puppet

19. Hand Print Hedgehog Craft

What a unique porcupine craft. Try it today with this tutorial.

Hand Print Hedgehog Craft

20. Fork Print Panda Bear Kids Craft

My kids are begging me to do this one. Forks and paint, you can’t go wrong with that combo if you want the kids to have fun. Check it out at Crafty Morning.

Fork Print Panda Bear Kids Craft

I hope you enjoyed this list and that it gave you some great zoo animal craft ideas that your preschooler would love!

Do you have any other ideas that you think I should add to the list? Please let me know in the comment section below! I would love to hear from you!

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I’ve been an activity mom for almost 9 years and have over 15 years of experience crafting, writing, and creating. My mission is to bring fun, balance and learning to your busy homes with activities, tips, inspiration, and organization!

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Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun,” – and we completely agree with that. One of the best ways to bring out the creativity in your children is by engaging them in animal crafts for kids. Animal art and crafts is not only fun for them but also helps them take a break from their studies and relax for a while. Let’s explore the best animal crafts for kids here.

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25 Best Animal Crafts For Kids

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Whatever it is that you’re looking for- be it fun sock puppets, clay dough crafts or handprint crafts, you’ll find a little something in this list for sure. Let’s take a look at the best animal crafts for kids!

What You’ll Need: Brown paint, pencil, paintbrush, paper plates, glue, scissors

Steps-by-Step Guide: 

  • Draw or download a hedgehog drawing. Cut out the pieces. 
  • Take a paper plate, paint it brown and keep it aside to dry. 
  • Place the quill outline on the paper plate, trace, and cut it out. Attach the paper plate quill to the hedgehog body using glue. 
  • Glue the eye above and to the right of the hedgehog’s smile. Attach the pink cheek below the eye. Glue the small black nose to the tip of the hedgehog’s face.

Girl holding a handmade bunny craft

What You’ll Need : Glue, glue dots, scissors, pom poms, pipe cleaners, colored cardstock, pencil, bunny template printout

Step-by-Step Guide : 

  • Download a bunny template and print it on colored cardstock. Cut out the pieces. 
  • Position the cheeks below the eyes and secure with glue. 
  • Trace your child’s hand onto the same colored cardstock to create two handprints. Cut them out. 
  • Glue the bunny’s inner ear onto one handprint and repeat for the other ear. Attach the ears to the back of the bunny’s head, aligning the fingers upward. Use a glue dot to attach a pink pom pom nose. 
  • For whiskers, twist three white pipe cleaners together and glue below the bunny’s nose with a glue dot. Lastly, cut the whiskers and give them the length you desire. 

What You’ll Need : Scissors, glue, colored cardstock and a squirrel template

  • Download and print a squirrel template. Cut out all the pieces. 
  • Glue the top part of the squirrel’s head to the base. Attach the inner ears using glue. 
  • Position and glue the eyes below the arch of the squirrel’s face. Glue the nose above the mouth line. Use glue to attach the head and the body. Secure the tail to the left side of the body and head. 
  • Glue the left leg in front and the right leg behind the body. Place the arms above the legs and secure with glue. Add a small tooth below the mouth using glue.

What You’ll Need : an old CD, magenta or purple felt, white foam, black felt, scissors, tacky glue, and a black marker.

  • Clean the old CD, cut out template pieces as stencils, and use them to trace the nostrils from black felt and eyes from white foam. 
  • Draw the eyeballs with black markers and cut out the teeth from white foam. Cut the ears and mouth from purple felt. 
  • Paste the mouth onto the CD using Tacky glue or a hot glue gun. Attach the ears, position the teeth under the purple felt snout, and stick on the nostrils and eyes. Optionally, add a stick or paper straw at the back for use as a prop.

Clay art lion

What You’ll Need : Yellow paint, orange yarn, paintbrush, small foam cup, brown marker, yellow cardstock paper, googly eyes, scissors, glue

Step-by-Step Guide :  

  • Apply yellow paint to the foam cup and let it dry. Cut orange yarn strands and use tacky glue to create an oval shape on the cup. 
  • Attach the yarn pieces to the oval shape with glue. Add more glue and yarn where needed. Cut yellow cardstock into lion ears, fold and attach them to the cup. 
  • Glue googly eyes and use a brown marker for the nose, mouth, and whisker dots to finish the lion craft.

What You’ll Need : Green cardstock, black marker, scissors, glue, googly eyes, black and white cardstock paper, zebra stripe cupcake liners

  • To craft the zebra, start by folding a cupcake liner into a triangle shape for the head. 
  • Add a black muzzle using a marker and cut slits for hair. Repeat this process for the body. 
  • Cut and stripe four legs from white cardstock and attach them. Glue the head to the body, add ears, a black tail, and googly eyes.

A hand holding puppets

What You’ll Need : Googly eyes, black sharpie, paper bag, glue, scissors, yellow, orange, and brown paper. 

  • Begin by cutting two yellow paper pieces and adhering them to each section of the paper bag. 
  • Cut brown rounded hearts for the spots on the giraffe’s body. 
  • Attach the remaining facial features, and you’re finished!

What You’ll Need : Adhesive, scissors, white and brown cardstock papers, pre-folded cardstock card, knife, raw potato, brown craft paint, wiggle eyes, paper plate, and a black marker

  • To start with this, first, create your card in the shape and size of your choice. Cut a piece of white cardstock that fits the front of the card and attach it with a glue stick. 
  • Cut a potato in half and use one half as a stamp for the bear’s head. Apply brown craft paint to the potato half and stamp it in the center of the white cardstock. 
  • Let it dry completely. Cut two half-circle ears and an oval nose piece from brown cardstock paper. Use a Sharpie marker to draw a nose/mouth on the oval shape. Once the stamped design is dry, secure the paper pieces to it using a glue stick. 
  • Add wiggle eyes. Write a message like “love you beary much” on the front of the card using the Sharpie marker. 

Unicorn craft

What You’ll Need : Glue, scissors, white cardstock, colored cardstock, a unicorn drawing printout

  • Download and print a unicorn template. Cut out all the pieces. 
  • Glue the unicorn bang piece by applying glue to the bottom side of the back and positioning it on the unicorn’s head. 
  • Place the unicorn mane behind the head, adjusting the positioning for a seamless blend. 
  • Glue the unicorn horn in the center of the bangs. Apply glue to the top of the neck piece and slide it behind the head and mane, securing it in place.

A newspaper koala craft

What You’ll Need : Cardstock paper, basic craft scissors, a large paper plate, a black marker, a hand-held office stapler, gray cardstock paper, school glue, white cardstock paper, and old recycled newspapers.

  • First, let your child cut or tear black newspaper into small squares. Apply glue generously on the paper plate. 
  • Then, have the children cover the glue with tissue paper until the plate is completely covered, forming the koala’s head. While they do that, cut out koala features from cardstock, such as large ears, a big nose, and small eyes (use a black marker to add pupils). 
  • Attach the cardstock pieces in their designated spots using glue or staples (the ears go on the sides of the decorated paper plate). 
  • Finally, add any decorations you like for detailing.

11. Sun Catcher Peacock

What You’ll Need : Tissue paper, contact paper, glitter, transparent confetti, marker, scissors, printout of a peacock or a drawing of the same

  • Get clear contact paper or cupboard liner. Place it sticky side up and cover it with tissue paper, transparent plastic confetti, or glitter for added decoration. 
  • Cut another piece of contact paper of the same size and create a sandwich with the tissue paper, ensuring there are no air bubbles. Use a permanent marker to draw the outline of a peacock tail and cut it out. 
  • Add embellishments such as glitter glue, permanent marker, or jewels to the tail. Make or print out the provided peacock body and attach it to the tail using foam or a paper donut. Display the peacock against a light-colored background or in a window for best effect.

12. Gandhi’s 3 Monkeys

Gandhi 3 Monkey craft

What You’ll Need : Yellow, brown, light brown and white paper, scissors, glue, black marker, staplers

  • Cut the monkey body into an elongated 8 shape from dark brown paper. 
  • Cut strips for legs and tail, and smaller strips for ears and paws. Use light brown paper to create an oval for the face. Cut circles for eyes and draw them. 
  • Fold the hands and legs accordion-style. Attach paws and roll the tail into a circle. 
  • Stick on the mouth, ears, and eyes. Draw the mouth and nostrils with a pen.

13. Fork Print Panda Bear

Creating craft with fork

What You’ll Need : White paint, black and white paper, fork, scissors and glue

  • To begin, guide the children in dipping their forks into white paint and pulling away from the center to create a round shape. 
  • Then, proceed to cut out ears, a nose, a mouth, and pupils to be glued onto the artwork. Allow it to dry, and voila! You’ll have the most adorable panda bear ever.

14. Footprint Monkey

What You’ll Need : Construction paper, paintbrush, paint, googly eyes

  • Begin by applying brown paint to the foot, then create a footprint on a sheet of construction paper. 
  • On each side of the heel, make thumbprint ears. Add a tail using paint and allow it to dry. 
  • Once dry, use tan paint to depict the monkey’s tummy and face. Use white paint and fingerprints to form the eyes. Complete the artwork by drawing or painting on the facial features. For an extra adorable touch, consider using googly eyes.

15. Toucan Craft

Toucan craft

What You’ll Need : Black and brown cardstock paper, paper plate, red, green and orange plate, red and yellow tissue paper, paintbrushes, black paint, glue, scissors, googly eye, crayon

  • Cut the small paper plate in half. Shape one half into a curved beak. 
  • Paint the other half black for the wings. Paint the beak with colors of choice. Let dry. Cut out the Toucan body, feet, and tail feathers. 
  • Outline the face and underbelly with white crayon and glue on crumpled tissue paper. Glue on the feet, wiggly eye, black wing, and colorful beak.

16. Polar Bear Craft

Polar bear craft

What You’ll Need : Pink and black marker, scissors, white paper plate, glue and a polar bear template

  • To start with one of the best animal crafts for kids, download the Polar bear craft template and print it. 
  • Use the template to cut a half circle from the bottom of the plate. Use the template to draw cutting lines on the paper plate. 
  • Cut out the head and ear from the half circle. Attach the head to the back of the plate using tape or glue. 
  • Use a glue stick to attach the ear to the head. Color the inside of the ear with a pink marker and add a nose and an eye with a black marker.

17. Recycled Coffee Creamer Bottle Craft

Coffee creamer made from plastic bottle

What You’ll Need : Hole punch, straw, googly eyes, empty coffee creamer bottle, black construction paper, yellow cardstock, scrapbook paper, tape and glue

  • Cut a black construction paper into an 8 1/2″ square, tapering two sides. Glue one straight side just below the black bottle cap onto the white plastic. 
  • Create wings from the leftover black paper and attach them in the proper penguin wing position. 
  • Cut yellow cardstock into a square, fold one end into a point, and secure it with foam dots or tape. Make a beak opening in the yellow foam and trim it to fit on the bottle. Attach the ear and head with glue. 
  • Fold Valentine-themed paper accordion-style for the bow tie and use a scrap as the knot, gluing it in place. Make a double-sided heart and attach it to a drinking straw. Punch a hole in one wing and insert the heart straw.

18. Foam Cup Safari

foam cup animals craft

What You’ll Need : Acrylic paint, paintbrush, styrofoam cups, pipe cleaner, tape, scissors, pencil

  • Place the upside-down styrofoam cups on a newspaper or mat and let the kids take over. They should paint the cup with the main base color for the animal.  Acrylic paint usually needs one coat, while poster paint may require a second coat. 
  • After it dries, the kids can draw or paint the eyes and character details before setting it aside to dry again. While it dries, use craft scissors to cut pipe cleaners for ears and wiggly tails, as needed.

19. Flamingo Soap

What You’ll Need : Neon blue food coloring, clear glycerin soap, essential oil, skin-safe glitter, round silicone soap mold, flamingo toys, microwave-safe measuring cup, isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle, and soap cutter

  • To make the soap, start by cutting it into square cubes for proper melting. Place the soap in a microwave-safe dish and heat it in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. 
  • Add 2-3 drops of neon blue food coloring and stir well. Avoid using gel food coloring as it doesn’t mix well with the soap. Mix in a tablespoon of glitter or adjust the amount to your liking. 
  • Carefully pour the melted soap into a mold, filling it halfway. Spray the top and bottom of flamingo toys with isopropyl alcohol and place them on the melted soap before it hardens to ensure attachment. Spray the top of the soaps again to remove any bubbles. 
  • Leave the soap for at least 4 hours or overnight to harden. Gently press the back of the silicone mold to release the airlock and remove the hardened soaps. Cover any unused soaps with plastic wrap or place them in plastic bags for gifting.

20. Pipecleaner Feather Peacock

Peacock craft

What You’ll Need : Blue sequin, tinsel pipe cleaners (glittery green and blue), blue glitter paper, blue and green long feathers, yellow paper, googly eyes, scissors, craft stick, glue gun

  • Assemble the big feathers in a fan-like structure, using 4 blue and 2 green feathers. They will be attached to a craft stick with a hot glue gun. 
  • The glittery pipe cleaner feathers, 2 blue and 2 green, have to be folded into leaf shapes and placed alternately on top of the big feathers. 
  • Make the peacock body from blue glitter paper in a bowling pin shape and secured with glue. 
  • Add a foam beak and crest, along with googly eyes and eyelashes and glue the colored sequins onto the body. Finally, attach the feathers to the peacock body. 

21. Torn Paper Panda

What You’ll Need : Blue and green cardstock, black and white construction paper, water, glue, scissors, q tips

  • To create a panda, dampen a q-tip with water and use it to “draw” the desired shape on construction paper. Trace it multiple times, especially on thinner, cheaper paper, as it tears easily along the wet line. 
  • Repeat this technique for all body parts: a white body, black legs, arms, ears, eyes, and nose. Fold a small portion of the arms and legs, apply glue to the folded part, and attach them behind the panda. 
  • Glue the eyes and nose in place. Glue the panda’s body onto blue cardstock and affix the ears. Cut bamboo shapes from green cardstock and glue them onto the panda.

22. Cardboard Tube Coiled Snakes

Snake made out of cardboard

What You’ll Need : Googly eyes, glue, scissors, tube from wrapping paper, cardboard tubes (at least 3), toothpick, acrylic craft paint

  • Paint both sides of the cardboard tubes, applying a second coat if needed. Cut the tubes into coils, being mindful of any dampness. 
  • Wrap the cut cardboard loosely around a tube, adding polka dots with a contrasting paint color. Let this dry and then repeat on the other side as well. 
  • Remove from the tube and shape the painted cardboard into coils. Paint one end red and let it dry. 
  • Glue on googly eyes and snip the red end into a forked tongue. Alternatively, use a paper tongue if preferred. Once dry, manipulate and shape the tubes as desired. Have fun with your creations!

23. Camel Egg Carton Craft

What You’ll Need : Brown marker, aluminum foil ball, cardboard egg carton, masking tape, wiggly eyes, wool

  • Cut a two-cup strip and a single cup from the egg carton. Use four lid strips for the legs, leaving some lip for the feet. 
  • Cut the carton lid for the camel’s neck, including a lump for the head. Place aluminum foil in the back cup for balance. 
  • Tape the pieces together: neck to two cups, other end of the neck to the single cup, and legs to the two-cup section. Paint the camel brown, glue on wiggly eyes, and add a wool tail.

24. 3D Goldfish Bowl

3D fish bowl art

What You’ll Need : Paper plate, poster paint, craft foam, paintbrush, cotton, wiggle eye, small colored pebbles, green and purple crepe paper, glue

  • Transform a paper plate into a fishbowl by painting it blue, with waves in a different shade of blue. Let the paint dry. Craft two foam fish. 
  • Cut out matching fish shapes from craft foam, one with fins and the other without. Apply glue on one fish and glue the matching fish on top, leaving a small opening to stuff the fish later. 
  • Decorate the paper plate by gluing sand or pebbles at the bottom and adding seaweed made of green and purple crepe paper. Stuff the fish with cotton and seal the opening with glue. 
  • Decorate the fish with a wiggle eye, patterns drawn with markers or paint, and glue it to the center of the paper plate fishbowl.

25. Animal Bean Bags

What You’ll Need : Foam, rice, pompom, cotton, scissors, pencil, wiggle eyes, glue, glue gun, letter size paper

  • Print the chosen animal bean bag template on A4 or Letter size paper. Cut out and trace onto craft foam. Cut the foam pieces. Prepare the ears as instructed. Attach the ears securely. 
  • Add leg details if desired. Glue legs and tail to the bottom body piece. 
  • Apply hot glue to the edges, leaving an opening. Join top and bottom pieces. 
  • Decorate with craft foam shapes. Fill with beans or rice, and seal the opening. Add eyes, nose, and other details. Consider sewing for sturdiness. 

26. Baby Birds in a Nest

A person painting an egg

What You’ll Need: Paper plates, poster paint, pompoms, wiggle eyes, foam, scissors, glue, paintbrush, paper shreds, or brown crepe paper

  • For the nest, paint a paper plate or bowl with brown tempera paint and let it dry. 
  • Create baby birds using large pompoms and glue wiggle eyes onto each. Make a beak by cutting small triangles from orange craft foam or construction paper. Glue the beaks onto the pompoms. 
  • Attach eyes and beaks to all the pompoms. Once dry, apply glue around the edges of the paper plate or bowl. Add nesting material like paper shreds, raffia, or brown crepe paper to cover the edges. Place baby birds in the center of the nest.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.- Pablo Picasso”

Animal crafts for kids provide a wonderful opportunity for creativity and learning. Engaging in hands-on activities like creating paper plate animals, making bean bag friends, or crafting a fish bowl fosters imagination, fine motor skills, and cognitive development. According to a study conducted by national Endowment for the Arts , participation in art and craft activities has been linked to improved problem-solving abilities , enhanced visual-spatial skills, and increased self-confidence among children. By encouraging children to explore their artistic abilities through animal crafts ideas, we not only nurture their artistic talents but also promote holistic development. So let’s dive into the world of animal crafts for kids and watch their imaginations soar!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are some easy animal crafts for kids.

Simple animal crafts for kids include paper plate masks, toilet paper roll animals, and handprint animals.

Can these animal crafts be done independently by kids or do they require adult supervision?

Many of the animal crafts can be done independently by kids, especially those for older age groups. However, younger children may require adult supervision or assistance with cutting, handling small materials, or using certain tools like a hot glue gun.

What are some of the best animals craft for preschool kids?

The best animal crafts for preschool kids could include making foam animal puppets, creating colorful paper bag animals, and doing fingerprint art to make animal shapes.

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animal art activities for preschoolers

There’s nothing better than making animal art projects for preschoolers! Looking to help you kids expand their drawing skills? These cute animal art activities for preschoolers are fun for children of all ages!

Here, I’ve collected creature crafts with everyone’s favorite animals of all sorts to please any animal lover! Let me know if you’ve tried any or have any go-to’s you’d like to share!

animal art activities for preschoolers

1. Ladybug Craft

ladybug craft


Grab toilet paper rolls, red construction paper– this is a sturdier paper option , a black marker, scissors, this hot glue pack , an old pair of black socks, and these googly eyes .

You can use a compass or a large-rimmed glass to make the wings.

Ball and push one sock into the toe of the other and then slip the whole thing over the tube while your little ones color polka dots on a sheet of paper.

 After the polka dots get done, use your chosen utensil to make the circle.

Cut out the wings and attach them, followed by gluing the googly eyes and letting everything dry. Even older kids would enjoy this fun project.

If your kids loved this ladybug craft, they’ll love these  cute animal drawing ideas .

2. Paper Plate Piggie

paper plate piggie


There are no great ideas easier than a paper plate craft with different animals, and one of our favorites to do is a little pig plate.

You’ll need pink tissue paper, black construction paper, paper plates, of course, glue, and scissors for these pig crafts.

This activity is a great way to practice fine motor skills for your preschooler in a fun way – have them cut squares of tissue paper while you work on the facial features and when everything’s finished, assemble it!

3. Fish Craft

fish craft

A tried and true favorite on the blog and easy peasy, check out the complete fish craft from a past post of mine.

All you need for the project: felt squares, popsicle sticks, and googly eyes. It’s an excellent activity for educational purposes, the life cycle of a fish, following step-by-step directions, and more.

4. Paper Plate Lion Craft

paper plate lion craft


If the pig plate is a homerun idea in your house, here’s an alternative to the pig plate! We’re using watercolors for the lion plate– our favorite set , paper plates, a black crayon, and googly eyes.

Have your kid paint the bumpy outer part of the plate a light brown and the inner circle a bold yellow. Once it’s dried, glue on the eyes and draw a nose and mouth.

Your children will love these fun zoo animal crafts.

5. Fingerprint Glass Magnets

fingerprint glass magnets

Another project we’ve had so much success with is these glass magnets– the full tutorial here .

It’s a multi-step operation with step-by-step instructions that starts with the fingerprints of little hands and so much fun; we love this set of ink pads .

After the prints dry, animate them and use a high-quality pen to avoid smudging. Then take your gem, put an even coat of mod podge across the base, and place it squarely on the image.

You’ll know when they are dried because the glue will go clear. Kids of all ages will love these fun crafts.

6. Patriotic Eagle Craft

patriotic eagle craft


This eagle is cute, easy to make with little ones, and helps practice fine motor skills and have a great time.

Using craft glue makes it safer for children, but feel free to use a hot glue gun too for these cute animal crafts.

You’ll need orange, brown, and yellow foam sheets for different body parts–cut these out together.

Once those get done, glue a brown pom to the feet, glue a white pompom to the brown one, and then attach the yellow beak, googly eyes, and brown wings.

7. Fish Printable Bookmarks

fish printable bookmarks


For a low-key project, try printing out these fish bookmarks . Once printed and cut, have the kids color them.

For longer-lasting or fancier results, laminate the free printable template once finished and maybe punch a hole in the top and add a tassel for the perfect time.

8. Handprint Chicken Art

handprint chicken art


A great sensory activity or easy art project for younger kids, handprint animals are some of the easiest! Today, we’re talking chicken art!

Simply paint your child’s hand brown and apply it to the page (pre-color or use a blank page).

Once dry, your young children can fill in the chicken details–eyes, mouth, gizzard–and outline with black to really make the animal pop.

9. Painted Bumble Bee

painted bumble bee


Talking to your young kids about bumble bees and their importance to our lives can be tricky, so painting them can help simplify the lesson. It is a great idea to paint them on rocks and put them in the garden.

Grab acrylic paints , mod podge, and a weatherproof spray if you paint them on rocks.

Talk to your kids about how bees help our plants grow, and place the stones in your garden beds or near any living plants. These easy projects doubles as lesson plans.

10. Owl Paper Bag Puppet

owl paper bag puppet

A kindred spirit to a paper plate project, paper bag activities are another simple and fun thing to create with children.

You’ll need glue, scissors, and black construction paper, but the other three colors can be up to the artist. These simple animal paper crafts are an excellent shape activity.

You’ll need four circles–two a little smaller and another pair just bigger than the first, a triangle for the nose, an oval for the belly, and two almond-shaped wings.

Glue everything to the side where the bottom of the bag is to complete the puppet.

Your kids will also love these fun crafts for 3-year olds !

11. Paper Mache Dino Bank

paper mache dino bank


A little complex in construction; feel free to make the requested dino yourself from a balloon, paper mache (our mix–1 part flour, two parts water), and newspaper.

The balloon gets reserved for the body, and the newspaper–many trials and errors here–for the other body parts.

Once the construction gets done, have the kids help you apply the strips of paper mache to the body.

After all is dry, this is where the kids come in–let them paint to their liking, and once everything is dry, cut a slot and a trap door, pop the balloon and remove.

12. Natural Art Animal Pictures

natural art animal pictures


Start with a nature walk collecting anything of the season that isn’t too delicate. Assemble your findings into an image and glue everything together–if a little fragile, attach it to a sturdy piece of paper.

13. Seashell Craft Dog Magnet

seashell craft dog magnet

As always, we want to protect the surface you’ll be working on since we’ll be working with paint and hot glue.

The best shells for this project are clam shells (for the face) and oyster shells (ears), and the lighter in weight, the better.

Paint the outside of the shell with the dog type of your choosing, paint the oyster shells a coordinating color, and glue them to the face. On the inside or back, hot glue a strong magnet and let dry entirely.

14. Paper Bag Cat Puppet

paper bag cat puppet


Another bag craft is this cute cat one! Find a cat face online or cut out circles for eyes, triangles for ears, and a heart for a nose.

Glue everything onto the bottom of the bag, and once dry, have your kid draw in whiskers and color anything else they’d like.

15. Cardboard Dinosaur Feet

cardboard dinosaur feet

For an interactive project, you can play in–try these dino feet out! Grab cardstock or cardboard, hot glue, a writing utensil, scissors, paint, and anything you’d like to make scales or designs on the feet.

Trace around the little dino’s feet–taking note of length over width, so there isn’t slipping while romping around. Draw the base with enough space so the material can be flexible while in motion.

Make another set of tracing for the top of the foot, paint the top set of feet, and then glue everything together after the paint is dry. Cut out the foot space and let your little one roar!

16. Paper Plate Polar Bear

paper plate polar bear


A paper plate animal for the winter season is just what we need on a lowkey day in. For this polar bear craft grab some pink, white, and as well as black construction paper, glue, and scissors.

For the pink and black, we’ll cut two circles of each–black for the eyes and pink for the cheeks. Black, we’ll also need for the nose and the inner ears, white triangles for the ears, and a round oval for its snout.

Have extra paper plates? Why not try out these fun paper plate crafts !

17. Ladybug Templates

ladybug templates


Everyone loves a ladybug, and if you’re teaching your children about life cycles or nature, having a visual aid is always helpful. Print this page and enjoy the afternoon talking about bugs!

18. Toilet Paper Roll Cat Craft

toilet paper roll cat craft


TP roll crafts are so easy! This cat will need your chosen construction paper, scissors, crayons, glue, and googly eyes.

If you’re using darker construction paper, I’d recommend using markers or cutting the details out of a different color paper.

Wrap the tube in the given color, and draw an oval for the head and two triangles for the ears. Draw the details on the face and attach everything before adding it to the tube.

Bonus–grab a pipe cleaner and add it to the backside for a tail.

19. Winnie the Pooh Craft

winnie the pooh craft

If your child loves Winnie the Pooh, grab a yellow paper plate or color it yellow. Cut out two yellow ears and attach them to the backside.

Either cut out his facial features with black construction paper or draw them in with a black crayon or marker.

20. Paper Plate Fish

paper plate fish


Another excellent plate option is making a fish! Let them take inspiration from famous fish like Nemo or Dory and have them color in the plate however they choose.

Add a googly eye, and take a small triangle out underneath the eye for the mouth. Add a fin and tail in the given color of the fish.

21. Snake Craft

snake craft


I love this craft because it is so customizable! Choose the color paper and the shiny objects used to create the scales on the snake, and it’s another great fine motor craft!

Draw a squiggly line as long as you’d like, and then mirror the line with another and connect the ends–to make the head and the tail.

After cutting the snake out, add the googly eyes, nostrils, and tongue (out of construction paper), and then add the sparkly scales.

22. Handprint Bunny Easter Craft

handprint bunny easter craft

This hand printed bunny cut-out is a unique craft to make Easter a little more special. This bunny sign is just the right size for the craft.

Paint the board white, and then paint your child’s hand and have them stamp directly onto the bunny. Once finished, it’s a sweet speckled bunny and a darling keepsake to bring out for many Easters to come.

Did your kids enjoy this craft? They might enjoy these other fun handprint crafts !

23. Safari Animal Coloring Pages

safari animal colouring pages


Are you talking about different biomes with your child? Here are two pages– one and two for animals that live on the safari.

Download, print, and enjoy!

24. Potato Stamp Butterfly Art

potato stamp butterfly art


Printing art projects are so fun, easy, and each one is so unique! Small potatoes work best here–cut in half lengthwise and width, a mix of washable paints and toothpicks.

Take two-quarters of the potato, pat them dry, and put them from small end to small end to create a silhouette of a butterfly.

Mix a few paint colors onto a plate, dip the potato butterfly into the paint firmly, and then onto the page.

25. Frog Toilet Paper Roll Craft

frog toilet paper roll craft


Grab a TP roll, construction paper, glue, scissors, and markers. Draw an oval-esque rectangle and two circles for the eyes.

Draw the frog’s face, eyes, and other details you’d like. Cut the legs, arms, and belly out (a different color than the frog) and attach everything to the tube.

26. Pig Paper Bag Puppet

pig paper bag puppet

For another sweet bag, try this pig! Grab a template online, or break out the pink construction paper and the white (for the eyes), scissors, glue, and crayons or markers.

After drawing or coloring the pig’s face, attach it and the ears to the bottom of the bag. Add a tail on the opposite side if desired.

27. Old Macdonald Farm Animal Crafts

old macdonald farm animals


This craft is a fun and beautiful project, perfect for your child or a gift your child can make for someone else. Use these wooden eggs , acrylic paint, paintbrush, paint pen, or permanent marker.

Help your kid draw the characters onto the eggs, let them paint them, and go back over with a marker to outline certain elements once dry.

Feel free to use construction paper for the ears or any other detailing you’d like to see. A layer of mod podge can help protect the eggs in the long run.

28. Paper Plate Caterpillars

paper plate caterpillar


Easy and colorful, it’s a home run for everyone! Cut a paper plate in two along the arched edge, and with the inner remains, we’ll cut a circle to create the head.

Draw, color, and decorate the face and the body and attach the two. Add pipe cleaners after everything has dried.

29. Finger Puppet Origami Bird

finger puppet origami bird

You’ll need a square sheet of paper and any coloring utensils you’d like to use. Feel free to cut a square out of any paper if you don’t have the right shape.

Start by folding it in half to make a triangle and reopen it. Take one side of the page, fold it into the middle line (it won’t be an equal overlap), and do the same to the other side.

With both sides folded and a small square at the bottom, fold the whole thing in half to create a triangle. Next, you’ll look to fold the longest edge in half against itself to make a crease at the smaller end of the line.

At that crease, you’ll fold the more significant part of the triangle downward at a 90-degree angle. Then, with the larger piece’s overhang, you’ll tuck up and behind, creating the space where a finger can fit.

The remaining is a tiny part of the triangle–the tip gets tucked into the middle line, and if all goes well, you’re ready to decorate your bird!

30. Bee Printable

bee printable

Try pairing this printable with the rock painting activity from above. Or, if you’re kid likes bees, print out a couple of pages and color them together!

31. Tape Resist Clown Fish

tape resist clown fish

Straightforward and with a great-looking result, a little prior work goes into this project, cutting out a fish outline and adding a few pieces of tape along the body.

Once the fish is cut out and taped, hand over the outline to your child to paint any way they wish.

When all is dry, remove the tape to reveal the negative space, add a googly eye, and cut out a small triangle for the mouth.

32. Dinosaur Coloring Pages

dinosaur colouring pages


We love this site for free resources and printables. These dino pages are tons of fun and will please any prehistoric lover.

33. Watercolour Butterfly Craft

watercolour butterfly craft


Unique yet effortless, these butterflies are a great craft. You’ll need these clothespins , coffee filters, and washable markers.

Start by coloring your coffee filters with as many colors as you’d like, and when ready, spritz water onto them so it creates a watercolor effect–let dry.

Have your kid color the pin(s) black while you wait for the filters to dry. Pinch the filter’s center, work the filter in the opening, and fluff the wings out to resemble a butterfly.

34. Paper Plate Baby Farm Animals

paper plate baby farm animals


Get the whole barnyard together, or pick and choose some of your favorite farm animals for this craft!

The way to make a baby version is to cut a smaller circle that is the central part of the plate and fill in the details around that specific creature.

Choose from baby pigs, cows, a sheep craft, chicks, and more. Add googly eyes, ears, a smile, and ligaments to get the complete picture!

35. Funny Bunny Craft

funny bunny craft

Grab these goofy foam bunnies , popsicle sticks, googly eyes, and any fun add-ons you and your child would enjoy. Draw silly faces, and then glue on the eyes and any accessories.

Once fully dry, glue the stick onto the back and get silly with these bunnies!

36. Aquarium Craft

aquarium craft


Think diorama, but as a fish tank! Grab a tissue box and cut the top off, and let your child color a page to add as the background and anything to the scene they’re creating.

After they’ve finished adding to the box, use saran wrap around the top and secure it with a rubber band, staple, or any other item that may hold the plastic in place.

37. Walrus Arctic Animal Craft

walrus arctic animal craft


Perfect for the coming winter, grab snowflake stickers , brown, dark blue, white, and black paper for this craft.

You may have to craft the walrus and water parts yourself, but let your kid assemble the scene once cut. Add the dark blue water first, the walrus, and then the snowflake stickers.

38. Farm Animal Sticks

farm animal sticks


An alternative to the previous farm animal crafts, these sticks are fun. You’ll need jumbo popsicle sticks, paint, brushes, googly eyes, and a paint marker.

Let your child paint the colors of the sticks for the given animals. You may need to help them with the detailing, but get creative–use buttons or other small items to make each one.

39. Handprint Cow

handprint cow


If you’re looking for something simpler, do handprint versions of all the animals. We tried it first with a cow–grab white, black, brown, pink, and yellow paper.

Trace your child’s hand on the white paper, and while cutting out black spots for the body, cut a rounded triangle for the head of the cow and attach the two.

Make the nose out of brown paper, the horns yellow, pink for the inner ears, and white for the outer ears. Assemble the cow and let everything dry. After, add a tail and the details of the face.

40. Paper Plate Whale

paper plate whals

The result will be slightly different for this plate craft, but the beginning is the same. Color the whole plate blue and add a smile and googly eye halfway down the plate.

Cut the bottom of the plate off below the smile line–this will be the tail fin. Glue an active blowhole (water spout) at the top of the head and add a bit of blue construction paper for the tail.

At the end of the tail, attach the bottom part of the plate as the fin.

41. Foam Cup Farm Animals

foam cup farm animal


For this art project, you’ll need these foam cups and pipe cleaners. Choose the animal or animals you’d like to do and paint the cup the coordinating color.

Once dry, return and work on the bigger and smaller details of the animal together. Add pipe cleaners as ears, tails, etc.

42. Beluga Whale Toilet Paper Roll Craft

beluga whale toilet paper roll craft

Paint your tube white, and let dry. Cut out a whitetail, fins, and some blue water to poke out of the top of the tube.

After everything is dry, glue all the pieces and draw the whale’s face.

43. Shark Headband

shark headband

The main elements of this craft are supplying an almond-shaped piece of construction paper and a band big enough to go around your child’s head. Let them color their shark, or grab a free template online.

Staple the shark to the band and then measure how the band fits your child’s head and staple while off their head.

44. Recycled Plastic Egg Whale Craft

recycled plastic egg whale craft


Have old plastic eggs sitting around? Add a googly eye, draw a smile, cut out a tail and water spout and secure them on the whale!

45. Seashell Fish Craft

seashell fish craft


If you have a collection of shells and are looking for a project, look no further. Paint their backs, then glue the smaller ones onto the bigger ones and googly eyes.

46. Coffee Filter Watercolour Fish

coffee filter fish


Like the butterfly, color the filter with markers and spritz it with water to make everything bleed together. When dried, scrunch a side down to make a tail, secure it with a pipe cleaner, and glue a googly eye.

47. Slinky Dog Craft

slinky dog craft


Create all the pieces of the dog’s head, tail, and bum and cut them out. Cut two strips of 1-inch paper, glue them crossing at a 90-degree angle, and then accordion fold them.

Glue one end to the head and the other side of the body to the bum.

48. Monkey Cardboard Tube Craft

monkey cardboard tube craft

Cut ears and a nose from brown paper and attach them to the tube. Glue googly eyes on top and draw in any remaining details.

49. Toilet Roll Farm Animal Crafts

toilet roll farm animal craft

Decide which animal to create, and then grab construction paper, googly eyes, yarn, or any other detailed item you’ll need. Draw or color any pieces before gluing.

50. Paper Plate Puffin

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Grab orange, blue, and yellow paper, a paper plate, and some markers. Color the outer ring of the backside of the plate black.

Cut an orange triangle and a strip of blue and yellow for the nose–attach. Draw the eye and let everything dry.

51. Paper Plate Submarine Craft

paper plate submarine craft

This is a multi-step project–have your child color an underwater scene while you cut out the middle of a second paper plate.

When the drawing is done, set aside and have your little one paint the second plate yellow. After the plates are set, staple the two together so it’s like a submarine window’s view of the ocean.

Looking to continue to encourage your kids to get creative? Check out these easy drawing ideas for kids .

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Animal Crafts for Kids

Animal crafts for kids are fun all year round, and we have quite a collection of different ideas for many of the animal species.

From simple crafts toddlers can make, through preschooler friendly projects, to kindergarten craft ideas and ones for older kids, you are sure to find a project just right for you. And we have more than one craft ideas for most animals, so be sure to check them all.

Super Fun Animal Crafts for Kids. Fun crafting ideas from bugs, zoo animals, farm animals, ocean animals and more. Perfect art and crafts for home or classroom #craftsforkids #preschool #kindergarten

Some of our latest animal craft ideas for kids to make

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Animal Crafts for Kids from A to Z

This collection of animal crafts for kids is sorted by alphabet. We do add new animals to the list as our collection of ideas grows.

Alligator / Crocodile

Crocodile and Alligator Projects for Kids

Scary or amazing, crocodiles and alligators are a fun project to make with your kids.

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Bug Crafts for Kids to Make

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Bat Craft Ideas for Kids

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Bear Ideas

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Bee Crafts for Kids to Make

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Another kid favorite are butterflies. These wonderful and colorful creatures are great for artsy projects.

Bunch of butterfly crafting ideas for kids


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Chicken / Chick


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Fish Project Ideas

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Frog Creative Ideas

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We’re crazy about hedgehogs so we have lots of crafting ideas

Ladybugs or Ladybirds

Whether you call them ladybirds or ladybugs these ideas are equally awesome 

Lion Arts and Crafts

They say lion is the king of the animals, but is he the king of animal crafts for kids? Who knows! If this animal is one of your kids favorite ones, it certainly can be! From origami, through toilet paper roll crafts to ones utilising nature’s crafting materials.

These lions arts and crafts are awesome and we’re not lion (oh the cheesy puns)


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Animal crafts for kids are not only fun, but they can also teach children the importance of conservation, the environment, and wildlife. By creating animal figurines, children can develop an appreciation for nature and learn about different animal species. These crafts can be made using simple tools and materials, and contain easy-to-follow instructions. As a result, children can use their creativity to make something special while also learning about the world around them. So, if your child loves animals, encourage them to explore their creativity and learn about the environment through animal crafts.

Animal Arts And Crafts For Kids

Animal crafts can be a great way to combine fun and education, particularly if your child is interested in biology, zoology, or ecology. By creating animal-themed crafts, kids can learn about different species, their habitats, and their behaviors in a hands-on and engaging way. This activity can also tie into school projects, such as science fairs or presentations. It can also keep the children engaged during vacations. Making crafts or something artistic is also a great way to spend time with your child. Here, we will look at a few simple tutorials on animal activities for kids .

Farm animal crafts for kids

Has your child ever been to a farm? Do you want to teach him about the animals that live on a farm?

Farm animals are lovable, cute, and cuddly. But when you cannot have live animals at home, you make your own versions of them using everyday objects such as beads, cotton wool and toilet paper rolls .

1. Pig crafts

Do you remember Babe, the smart pig on the farm? We will try to make something as cute as Babe with this new pig craft idea.

You will need:

  • One big plastic drum bead (pink)
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pink foam sheet
  • Pink shirt button
  • If you do not have a pink drum bead, you can choose a white one and paint it pink.
  • Cut out the ears for the pig from the pink foam sheet. See image for reference.
  • On one end of the bead, stick the pink buttons using the glue.
  • Cut a small piece of the pipe cleaner and twist it like a pig’s tail. Stick that to the other end of the bead.
  • Attach the ears and use a black sketch to draw the eyes of the pig.

The cute little piggy is all yours.

2. Dog crafts

Most of us have one or more of these at home. They are our best friends and love us more than they love themselves. For the love of these animals, here is one of the best dog craft ideas you can try.

  • Brown, red, and black foam sheets
  • Ice cream sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Use the glue to arrange or join three ice cream sticks for the lower body and six sticks together for the head. See image.
  • Cut the ears, nose, paws, tail, and tongue for the dog from foam sheets.
  • Join the head and the body using glue. Let it dry.
  • Attach the ears on either side of the head and attach the paws at the bottom.
  • Glue the nose and the googly eyes.
  • Draw a curve for the mouth, and stick the red foam cutout for the tongue.

A happy puppy dog is ready to adorn your walls.

3. Cat crafts

This is a simple cat art that needs no more than three things. Once done, the cat can go on the wall or the door.

  • Foam sheets – 2 orange sheets, 1 yellow sheet, 1 pink sheet
  • Use the pencil to draw the outline of a cat’s body. If you cannot draw the shape, use a template.
  • Cut out the shapes as shown in the picture.
  • Cut the yellow outline into two and carve the ears, whiskers, and fur as shown in the image.
  • Stick the yellow foam sheet on top of one of the orange foam cutouts.
  • Attach the other orange cut out at the back. Use the pink foam sheet to cut the nose, and two circles for the blush on the kitten’s cheeks.
  • Use a black sketch to draw the mouth and eyes. A little white paint will complete the eyes .

4. Sheep crafts

This sheep you are about to make is something out of the popular TV series Shaun the Sheep. Ready?

  • Cotton wool
  • Black foam sheet
  • Black colored drinking straw
  • Make small balls of cotton from wool.
  • Roll the newspaper into a small ball and hold it tight.
  • Apply glue all over the paper and stick the cotton balls on it.
  • After the newspaper is covered entirely in cotton, press it using both your hands – this will ensure that the cotton stays intact.
  • Dip four toothpicks in glue and stick it on one side of the cotton wool ball, for the feet. Let it dry.
  • Cut the black straw into equal lengths (two-three inches) and stick them over the toothpicks.
  • Cut out the face and the ears of the sheep from a black foam sheet and attach them as shown in the image.
  • Add the googly eyes, and you have an adorable sheep ready.

Wild Animal Crafts For Kids

We move from farms into the dark and thick jungles, where the wildest animals are! And then we make these wild animal crafts for older or younger kids.

5. Tiger crafts

You might think that creating the ‘fearful symmetry’ of a tiger would be difficult. Well, not really. At least not when you are trying out this tiger crafts tutorial!

  • A big paper cup (white)
  • Orange pipe cleaner
  • Color the paper cup in orange, leaving a small squared white patch, as shown in the image.
  • Using the black oil paint, draw the stripes on the tiger. Add the nose as well.
  • Stick the googly eyes above the nose.
  • Cut the pipe cleaner into two small pieces for the ears. Use the remaining piece to make the tail.

The cup-o-tiger is ready!

6. Lion crafts

The lion is the king of the jungle. So how can we have a list of wild animal activities for preschoolers without the big cat on it?

  • One yellow foam sheet, one orange foam sheet
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Heart shape puncher
  • Cut the yellow foam sheet in length and breadth of the toilet paper roll. Stick it around the roll using the glue and let it dry. This will be the body.
  • Using the heart-shaped puncher to cut out 12 little hearts from the orange foam sheet. These will be used to create the mane.
  • Cut a small round from the yellow sheet, for the lion’s face.
  • Draw the eyes, the whiskers, and nose on the yellow circle.
  • Stick the googly eyes to complete the face.
  • Stick the face to the foam-wrapped toilet paper roll.
  • Cut three thin, small strips from the yellow foam sheet for the legs and the tail.
  • Stick a heart to one end of each of the strips.
  • Attach them to the body as shown in the image.

His majesty is now ready for you!

7. Crocodile crafts

Crocodile crafts are not as easy to make as they seem. Here is a simple crocodile craft idea for kids.

  • 2 ice cream sticks
  • 1 light green and 1 dark green colored pipe cleaners
  • 4 googly eyes
  • White foam sheet
  • Paint the ice cream sticks green. Let them dry.
  • Cut two one-inch pieces of white foam sheet, as wide as the ice cream sticks. Cut the longer edges of the foam in a zigzag pattern, to indicate the teeth. Stick this to one side of the ice cream stick.
  • Cut the pipe cleaners in two. Roll the halves around the center of the ice cream stick, while leaving a small portion towards the edges of the feet. See picture for reference.
  • Stick the googly eyes as shown in the image to complete the crocodile .

This is simpler and better than all the enormous crocodile activities, isn’t it?

8. Elephant crafts

You might think that you will need a lot of material to make an elephant craft. But our elephant craft ideas are easy to make. Here is one for example.

  • Three toilet rolls
  • Green craft paper
  • White paint

1. Arrange the three toilet paper rolls as shown in the image. Use glue to make them stick together and leave them to dry. 2. Cut out two circles from the green craft paper, for the ears. 3. For the trunk, cut a small rectangular strip of the same paper. 4. Coloring the toes using white paint will make them look natural. 5. Stick the ears and the trunk using the glue – see image for reference. 6. Add the googly eyes and the green elephant is ready to roll!

9. Snake crafts

This snake is not slithery or creepy in any way. It is a colorful reptile made of drum beads and string!

  • 5 plastic drum beads
  • 1 orange bead, round
  • Green string
  • A small piece of black foam sheet
  • Arrange the green beads in a line and pull the green string through them. Know the green string at one end.
  • Make sure that the string is not too thin or thick; it should pass through the beads and also hold them together when knotted.
  • Add the orange bead at the front end and fasten the other end as well.
  • For the tongue, cut the black foam sheet as shown in the image.
  • Attach the googly eyes on the orange bead, and stick the tongue.

The snake is ready.

10. Bear crafts

When I think of a bear, I think of hugs. So here is a valentine bear, with love and hugs for the little ones.

  • 1 toilet paper roll
  • 1 brown foam sheet, 1 pink foam sheet
  • Cut the brown foam sheet such that it covers the toilet roll entirely. Or, painting the toilet roll brown using oil or pastel colors will also work.
  • Cut out two hearts from the pink foam sheet – a small one for the nose, and a slightly bigger one for the bear to hold.
  • Cut out the shape of the bear’s face and the hands. Cut out the paws (small spheres) from the brown sheet.
  • Punch two small circles from the pink sheet – these will go on the paws.
  • Stick the googly eyes and the smaller heart on the face. Draw the mouth using a black sketch.
  • Attach the larger heart in the center of the roll.
  • Use glue to stick the hands, paws, and face to the toilet paper roll.

The cute, valentine bear is ready.

Easy Animal Crafts For Kids

We are done with wild and domesticated animal crafts (at least some of them). In this section, we will try to recreate cute craft models of other animals, some imaginary and some extinct, that can be used for decoration, as return gifts, or as fun playtime toys for kids.

11. Bat crafts

The bat is one of my favorite animals from nature. It is cool and has a superhero named after it.

  • Two plastic balls – a small one and a medium sized one (check image for reference)
  • Black paint, paintbrush
  • Black foam sheet, white foam sheet
  • Paint both the balls black. Leave them to dry.
  • Once dry, glue the small ball on top of the larger one and let it dry.
  • Cut out two wings for the bat from the black foam sheet. Make sure they are of the same size – you can use a template to achieve this.
  • Cut out two small triangles from the white sheet and two black triangles, of the same size, from the black sheet.
  • Glue in the wings, ears, and teeth as shown in the image.

The cool superhero-like bat is ready. If you can manage to attach a string to the head of the bat (small plastic ball), you can even hang it in the room.

12. Owl crafts

Owls are usually found in places where there is a lot of vegetation. This could be in the deep jungles or the national park near you. But with this craft, you can bring the owl straight to your home from the environment.

  • 7 foam sheets – 1 each in pink, blue, white, black, red, yellow and green colors
  • Use templates or a pencil to sketch and cut the shapes from the foam sheets, as shown in the image.
  • You should have an outline of the owl’s body, blue cut out for the face and the neck, a pink heart, pink and blue plumes, two white circles, two green circles, two yellow feet, a white heart, and two small triangles, one red and another yellow.
  • Place the red outline on the table and stick the large pink heart at the bottom, with its pointy side down.
  • Attach the blue cutout on that, as shown in the image.
  • Add the pink and the blue plumes on the top – see picture for reference.
  • Glue the green circles on the larger white ones, and then stick the googly eyes on them. Stick that on the blue cutout.
  • Create a nose using the red and the yellow triangles.
  • Glue the heart and the feet and the owl is ready.

It may seem like a lot of work goes into making this owl. But once you get the cutouts ready, it will take you less than ten minutes to get the owl craft done.

13. Fire breathing dragon crafts

Now a fire breathing dragon must be a complicated craft, right?

Wrong. We have figured out a way to make this one of the simplest fire-breathing Chinese dragon crafts and toys that your child can make.

  • 1 green foam sheet
  • 1 sheet each of orange and yellow craft paper
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • 2 small woolen balls, for eyes
  • Cover the toilet paper roll with a green foam sheet. This will be the face of the dragon.
  • Stick the googly eyes on the woolen rounds and let them dry.
  • Use two small coils of the pipe cleaner to make nostrils of the dragon.
  • Glue the eyes and the nostrils to the toilet roll.
  • Cut the orange and yellow craft paper in half and make thin, long strips from them. See image for reference.
  • Stick the strips of paper at the bottom, inside the toilet paper roll, to make it seem like there’s fire coming out from the dragon’s mouth.

Note: To use this as a toy, hold the dragon roll in hand and blow air from the top (head) to make the strips of the paper move. And then, the child can pretend to be a fire breathing dragon!

14. Dinosaur crafts

Dinosaurs may be long extinct, but we still are in awe of those magnificent creatures. That is why we have included this cool dinosaur craft on our list.

  • 3 foam sheets – off-white, orange, and green
  • Use a protractor to cut out the body of the dinosaur. Alternatively, you can use a pencil for drawing the body first and then cut it out.
  • Cut five small rectangular strips (one to two inches) from the green foam sheet. Cut another with a pointy end
  • Cut out small triangles from the orange sheet, and a small pear-shaped cutout for the head.
  • Use the glue to attach four green strips to the non-curvy side of the body, and one to the side to make the neck.
  • Fix the spikes on the curvy top portion of the body, head, and tail.

If the result looks like the final image in our collage, the dinosaur is ready!

15. Snail crafts

This one is a time-taking craft, not just because we will be making a snail, but because it has an intricate design.

  • A box full of shirt buttons – use different colored buttons
  • Yellow foam sheet
  • 1 compact disc
  • Use a template or sketch an outline of a snail on the yellow foam sheet.
  • Cut it out using scissors.
  • Glue a compact disc on the spherical part of the snail’s body. See image.
  • Apply glue on the CD and start sticking the buttons on it, until the disc is covered entirely.
  • Add the googly eyes and the pipe cleaner to complete the craft.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are animal crafts for children a way to promote teamwork and social skills?

Yes. Crafting in groups may promote teamwork and social skills. Children may share ideas while crafting animals, improving their communication skills. Children may also share craft supplies and take turns cooperating with others in the group. This may teach them teamwork and improve their social skills.

2. Are animal crafts for children a good way to teach children about the importance of recycling?

Yes. Old cans, bottles, corks, and wires may be used to craft different animals. Old newspapers may be used to add details to the figures. Children would be intrigued to learn how the items that were supposed to end up in the trash could be turned into beautiful pieces of art. This might encourage them to use their creativity to craft using old items, in turn, learn the importance of recycling.

3. How can animal crafts benefit children’s development and creativity?

Animal crafts allow children to use their imagination and be creative. They can create unique designs, colors, and patterns while creating animal crafts, allowing their creativity to flourish. Engaging in animal crafts involves cutting, coloring, gluing, and manipulating materials which help develop and refine fine motor skills in children. While working on animal crafts, children can engage in conversations with their peers, parents, or teachers. They can discuss the animals they are making and talk about their features, habitat, and behavior, which promotes language development and vocabulary expansion.

4. How can animal crafts be used to teach kids about different animals and their characteristics?

Animal crafts provide a hands-on learning experience, allowing children to actively engage with the subject. By creating animal crafts, kids can explore different textures, shapes, and colors associated with each animal, helping them develop a deeper understanding of their characteristics. Animal crafts offer a visual representation of various animals, which helps children recognize and remember different species. Kids can associate the craft with the real animal, reinforcing their knowledge and understanding.

5. How can animal crafts be combined with storytelling or books to create a fun and educational activity for kids?

Combining animal crafts with storytelling or books can create a fun and educational activity for kids. Begin by reading a children’s book that features animals as the main characters and engage the children in a related craft activity. Choose a storybook that involves animals and turn it into a puppet show. Help the children create animal puppets using socks, paper bags, or craft sticks. Then, let the kids take turns acting out the story using their puppets. Choose a storybook that features different animals. Following the reading, invite the children to create animal masks corresponding to the book’s characters.

6. What are some animal crafts that can be done using natural materials, such as leaves or rocks?

Numerous animal crafts can be created using natural materials like leaves or rocks. Gather various sizes and shapes of leaves, then use markers or paint to transform them into animals. Add details like eyes, mouths, and patterns to create animals like birds, insects, or fish. Collect smooth rocks of different sizes and paint them to resemble animals. You can paint ladybugs, turtles, owls, or any other creature you like. Create animal collages using different types and colors of leaves. Arrange and glue the leaves onto a piece of paper or cardboard to form animal shapes such as butterflies, birds, or animals from the forest.

Kids and crafts make a perfect match. And what better way to make it more interesting and engaging than introducing them to these animal crafts for kids. Animal crafts for kids provide a great opportunity for education and exploration. These activities encourage learning about the characteristics and features of various animals, as well as developing their creativity. Encouraging your children to engage in animal crafts is a great way to make their leisure time both productive and enjoyable

Infographic: Simple Animal Crafts For Children

Whether pets or wild animals, they play a significant role in human lives. Explore the infographic below to learn various animal crafts for children. You can use this creative time to engage your children productively while also teaching them about different types of animals and interesting animal facts.

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Key Pointers

  • Creating animal crafts with children is an enjoyable and interactive activity.
  • You can use everyday objects such as beads, cotton wool, and toilet paper rolls.
  • Domestic animals like dogs, cats, sheep, and pigs make excellent subjects for animal crafts.
  • Kids can also make wild animal crafts, including tigers, lions, crocodiles, elephants, and snakes.
  • Engaging in animal crafts improves children’s motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and decision-making abilities.

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Learn how to make these fun and easy animal crafts for kids ! They’re simple and cover farm animals, jungle animals. forest animals and more!

Do your kids love animals and crafting?

If so, they’ll be delighted to make any one of these fun and simple animal paper crafts for kids. 

We’ve gathered all of our best ideas in one spot so you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for. 

These crafts vary in age range and will suit kids from toddlers to preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary-aged children. 

Don’t forget to sign up for Simple Everyday Mom weekly email so you get all the latest crafts, activities, and printables for your kids or students! 

As we make more animal crafts, we’ll add them to this page so be sure to check back frequently for more new crafts for kids. 

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Animal Craft Ideas

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Do you have a little girl who loves unicorns? This paper unicorn craft is super simple to make and only uses a few supplies. 

This  unicorn headband craft  for kids is a sweet and girly craft that’s perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary girls.

Do your kids love unicorns???? Now you can make a magical paper plate unicorn at home with our free printable template.  Make with preschool, kindergarten, and elementary children! 

This adorable little  handprint unicorn craft  is great for doing at home, in the classroom, daycare, or even the library!

Little girls will have a blast making this DIY unicorn card craft . The cloud opens up to reveal a place where you can write a magical note to anyone you wish. 

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What kids don’t love squirrels?! This cute little squirrel craft is a fun fall activity for kids. It’s also great for forest animal units! Download the template and make this autumn season. 

Parents and grandparents will flip over  this handprint bunny craft for kids . They’re a sweet memento that will preserve those little hands for a lifetime! 

Want an adorable fall animal craft to make with the kids? This paper plate hedgehog craft is simple, fun, and comes with a free printable template to make it even easier! Make it at home or in the classroom! 

Turn a sweet rabbit into a fun puppet with this easy paper bag bunny craft . Make in fun pastel colors for Easter or more traditional colors when learning about animals. 

Love cute recycled crafts? Then this one will be top of your list to make! This toilet paper roll mouse craft is super simple and comes with a downloadable template too! 

This little Easter bunny is playing peek-a-boo! Make this Easter bunny craft for kids just before the holiday for fun family time! 

This adorable little robin handprint craft for kids is a simple bird craft that can be made any time of year! 

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This adorable  handprint butterfly craft  is a great sprint craft idea for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children.

Kids love making these colorful and simple paper plate butterfly crafts . Each one is unique and fun to create! 

This paper bag butterfly craft makes the perfect spring craft for kids to make. They’re classic for a reason – they’re cheap and fun to craft! 

Give this sweet butterfly card craft to Mom, Grandma, or anyone special in your kid’s life! Download the free template to make it super simple! 

Explore the jungle of fun with this cute monkey craft . Kids can exercise their creativity in the most colorful way. It’s also a great way to develop those all-important fine motor skills and learn to follow instructions.

Farm Animal Crafts

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Are you creating a farm animal unit for your kids or students? If so, you’ll want to look through all of the awesome farm animal crafts for kids that we have.

We have ideas for all the following animals:

And, we’ve got more on the way too!

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Have you ever seen a cuter shark? Help kids make their own shark headband craft or print in black and white for kids to color in. 

This popsicle stick dragonfly craft  will put a smile on your kid’s face and can act as a homemade toy too! 

Jellyfish have never looked cuter! Make these easy paper jellyfish craft with preschool and kindergarten children! 

Turn an apple into an artist’s tool with this apple stamp ladybug craft for kids . 

Tell Mom she’s bee-utiful this Mother’s Day! She’ll cherish this handmade bee card craft for years to come. 

Isn’t this paper plate bee craf t a cheery project that’s great for spring? We think it’s great for making at school or at home. 

Recycle some milk jugs into tiny bee wings with this fun bee craft for kids , complete with a free printable beehive. 

Combine arts and crafts in one with this easy fish painting craft for kids . It’s a fun summer activity that goes perfectly with ocean unit studies.

Got a kid that loves Finding Nemo or Finding Dory? They’ll love this simple  clownfish craft for preschoolers . It’s great for toddlers and kindergarten kids too.

This simple  seahorse craft  combines paper crafts and watercolor to make a fun summer art project.

This shimmering paper plate seahorse craft  is a simple and easy kids’ craft to do for summer or whenever your kids are learning about ocean animals! 

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Make a classic brown paper bag puppet with this simple   paper bag turkey craft for kids.

This paper plate turkey craft  for kids is a perfect Thanksgiving Day activity! Prefer recycled crafts? Try this simple  toilet paper roll turkey craft  is festive, fun and perfect for Thanksgiving!

This handprint turkey craft  is the ideal fall activity for kids in preschool, PreK, and kindergarten!

If silly and cute is your style, this   handprint hedgehog craft  is a simple fall craft that comes with a free printable template too!

These adorable  handprint bat crafts  are fun and simple Halloween craft that works at home or in the classroom!

Create a charming keepsake with your child’s handprint using this fun and easy quail handprint craft . It’s a delightful hands-on activity that helps little ones explore their creativity while learning about birds and nature.

This simple easy raccoon craft is a great companion craft when you read The Kissing Hand to your kids. Download the free template and make it at home or at school. 

Make this simple recycled  toilet paper roll bat craft  that uses an old toilet paper roll, some card stock, googly eyes, and glue! It’s a fun Halloween craft for kids.

This  handprint snowy owl craft is a fun and easy idea for wintertime!

Need a quick craft that doesn’t require any special supplies? This paper plate fox craft is it! Let the kids paint, cut, and glue their own fox together. It’s perfect for fall or any time of year! 

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Teach kids about arctic animals then make this fun 3D  walrus arctic animal craft . It’s a cool craft for winter!

Transform a plain brown paper bag into a fun paper bag fox craft  the kids will love with this simple template! This easy fox craft is a great idea to make with the kids this fall! Cozy up, make some apple cider, and craft as a family while making this cute fox! 

This  handprint walrus craft  is fun to do with young kids because it’s large and easy to handle!

Turn two of your child’s handprints into a simple winter craft when your children make this wintery handprint cardinal craft .

This simple  narwhal craft  inspired by Elf is a fun paper craft for winter. Or make this arctic puffin card craft !

This paper owl card craft is a thoughtful homemade craft that’s perfect to give for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, or for any special occasion! 

Llama lovers unite and make this super simple llama Valentine craft  that can be used at any time of year! 

Both boys and girls can enjoy making these handprint dinosaur cards . Create them at home or at school to give to Mom and Dad! 

Give Mom or Dad a fun homemade card for Mother or Father’s Day when you make this simple frog craft for kids ! 

This wolf paper bag puppet craft is perfect for any animal lover! Forest animals are so fun to learn about, and this paper bag puppet craft is a great way to bring the forest into your home.

Get ready to have your kids spread their wings and dive into this fantastic eagle paper bag puppet craft! With simple step-by-step instructions, kids will have a blast creating their very own feathery friend!

Zoo Animal Crafts

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If you’re looking for zoo animal crafts , look no further! We’ve got tons of fun craft ideas that are perfect for a zoo birthday party, for a preschool zoo theme, or just because!

Find animals like monkeys, lions, tigers, bears and so much more!

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Reindeers are the perfect animal to make during the winter season. Whether you love Rudolph or just want to make regular old reindeer, we have lots of cute and easy reindeer crafts for kids .

Isn’t it just wonderful when learning becomes fun? This bald eagle shape craft does just that. It helps them explore their creativity and imagination. It’s not only about creating a cute bird, It’s also an exciting way to enhance their fine motor skills. How fantastic is that?

With just a bit of cutting and gluing, your kids can make their very own vibrant circus elephant craft balancing on a colorful ball. It’s not just a fun activity for kids, but it also enhances their fine motor skills.

Looking for a fun activity that is easy to do for kids? This monkey tissue paper craft is about learning and having fun. It improves their fine motor skills as they form the cute monkey! It’s an exciting and engaging way to learn.

Ready your kids for a fun-filled jungle adventure. This monkey name craft swings them into the world of letters and colors. They’ll be creating an adorable monkey buddy while enhancing their name spelling and creativity. It’s all about learning with fun.

Let your kids welcome Valentine’s Day with a cute friend! They will love bringing this lovely valentine owl craft to life. With just a few basic supplies, they’ll be creating a heart-filled owl that’s perfect for spreading Valentine’s Day joy.

We hope you found at least a few fun project ideas to work on with your kids! There’s no denying how much they’ll love creating easy paper crafts. 

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