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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 okwondertorium.org!

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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.

2. Paper Plate Elephant Craft

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

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.

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

Easy Animal Craft Projects

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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Also be sure to check out my post on pom pom crafts for more ideas

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!

17. Paper Butterfly Puppet

This is a beautiful butterfly craft! Find the tutorial at iheartcraftythings.com

Paper Butterfly Puppet

18. Paper Bag Giraffe Puppet

The classic paper bag puppet! Find it at iheartcraftythings.com/

 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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Zoo Animal Crafts Preschoolers


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