Preschool Zoo Arts and Crafts



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Footprint Penguin
What You Need:
  • White Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Paint
  • Googly Eyes
What You Do:
  1. Dip the child's foot in black paint or an ink pad and put on white paper.
  2. Add eyes an orange beak and a small white circle for a belly and you have a footprint penguin
Hand zoo animals
Submitted by Debra
What You Need:
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Paper
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Paint (and perhaps sponges for painting)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Leaves
  • Grass
What You Do:
  • Have each child trace their hand on light colored paper. Allow your childrent to use the materials to create the markings and features of their favorite zoo animal. Encourage students to create the animals natural environment with the leaves and grass.
Moose Headband
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Make a piece of paper that will go around your children's heads. Then have them trace and cut out their hands. These can be attached to the head band to make Moose Antlers.
Paper Plate Snake
Submitted by Leslie
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Paint (and perhaps sponges for painting)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Have the children draw a line that goes around and around their plate starting at the edge going to the middle Next have them cut out the line (you may have to help depending on the age of you chilren) Have the children decorate their snakes with the materials. You can then hang them from the ceiling or put them on the wall.
Paper Plate Lion
Submitted by Tonya
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Paint (and perhaps sponges for painting)
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Give the children the materials and let them create a lion. You can suggest that they use the yarn for the outer edges and paint the face but don't be to specific so their creative juices can flow.
Marble Zebra
Submitted by Carla
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Paint (and perhaps sponges for painting)
  • Leaves, Twigs, and,Grass
  • Scissors
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Precut zebra shapes on white construction paper and then, using black paint, have the children marble paint the zebra. You can then paist the zebra on paper and have the children use the other supplies to make a zebra habitat
Coffee Bear
Submitted by Lisa
What You Need:
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Construction Paper
What You Do:
  • Have the children make bears with watered down glue. Then sprinkle coffee grounds on them. Now you have great brown bears.
Coffee Bear 2
Submitted by Barbara
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
What You Do:
  • Have the children paint bears with paint that has coffee grounds mixed in it.
Penguin Potato
Submitted by Ginger
What You Need:
  • Potato (one cut in half, and one cut long ways)
  • Paint
  • Construction Paper
What You Do:
  • After talking about penguins give the children the supplies give them the supplies. If the children choose to they can make great penguin design by painting with potatoes. If they don't use it as a stamp they will surely find some use for it.
Crazy Stain Glass Bear
Submitted by Sarah
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper or Waxed Paper
  • Tissue Paper or Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
What You Do:
  • Give the kids the contact paper (or glue and wax paper) cut out as a winter animal. Then Let your kids make their own stain glass creature. After they have dried hang them in the window to make a beautiful stained glass look.
Multicolored Bear
Submitted by Cady
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper, Cloth Samples, or Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Poster Board or Construction Paper
What You Do:
  • Have the kids put the different colored tissue paper (or alternatives) on the bear shaped poster board however they want. You'll end up with multicolored interesting animals
Circus Train
Submitted by an Freta
What You Need:
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Crayons, paint, markers, etc.
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pompoms or Styrofoam Balls
What You Do:
  • Have each child decorate a circus train car (like the ones on animal cracker boxes). Then have them make the zoo animal to go in the car (Can make from Pompoms or Styrofoam Balls or if strapped for time have them cut out pictures). You provide the engine and you have a great circus train


Elephant Mask
What You Need:
  • Construction paper
  • Paper plate
  • Stapler
What You Do:
  1. Cut construction paper in half length wise and staple together to make a band which will fit on kids head.
  2. Cut paper plates in half and slit it on the top so that it can fit on the sides of the band and staple them to the band to look like ears.
  3. For the trunk roll a piece of construction paper up (to look like a tube) and tape it, then staple it to the center of the band to look like the trunk coming down.
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