35 FUN & EASY Animal Crafts (2024)

Looking for adorable animal crafts? 

I have 35 fun and easy animal crafts that are perfect to make at home or in the classroom! Let’s get started with some fun animal crafts!


#1: Giraffe Fingerprint Crafts

I love this simple giraffe animal craft for kids! Fingerprint crafts are my favorite because I love seeing their little prints!

This animal craft would be great for a zoo animal activity!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • yellow cardstock paper
  • glue stick
  • washable paint
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • scissors
  • markers

B. Set-up

Create a face, neck, ears, and horns out of cardstock paper, and have the kids cut out the pieces!

C. Activity

The kids will paste all the parts of the giraffe in the correct spots! They can do this on a piece of paper, or it can just be a stand-alone craft.

Then, they will glue googly eyes on it and add a little smile!

Lastly, they will dip their fingers in washable paint and make spots all over the giraffe.

This is such a cute letter G craft!

RELATED: Letter G Crafts


#2: Plate Parrot Craft

How adorable is this parrot animal craft? I love this bird craft, and so will your kids!

I love turning paper plates into fun crafts.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper plates
  • acrylic paint
  • feathers
  • streamer
  • glue
  • paintbrush

B. Set-up

Cut 1 paper plate in half and then cut another paper plate, so there’s about 1/4 left at the top for the head.

Paint the half all red for the body and the head half red and half orange. Lastly, cut a triangle off of one of the plates for the wing.

C. Activity

While you are waiting for the plates to dry, cut streamers to be the tail.

Also, create the eye for the parrot out of paper.

Once everything is dry, glue these parts to the parrot. You can hot glue the parrot together to ensure it stays or just use a glue stick; may just come apart easier.

Lastly, glue some red feathers onto the wing!


#3: Handprint Lion Craft

Handprint crafts are just the cutest. So we figure out how to do a handprint craft for each theme that we do.

It’s a great keepsake, and the kids love seeing their hands-on crafts! This animal craft is a must-try activity.

handprint lion craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Trace your child’s hand on a yellow piece of cardstock paper. Then, cut it out!

C. Activity

Create the lion’s mane using orange cardstock and cut it out. Then, create the lion’s face and paste it on the mane using a glue stick.

Make a tail out of yellow paper and cut a small piece of orange paper for the end of the tail.

Draw the lion’s face using markers!

RELATED: Lion Crafts


#4: Penguin Paper Plate Craft

This penguin animal craft is too cute! It was fun and easy to make.

I love how you can transform a simple paper plate into something so cute. This penguin craft is a must-try.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper plates
  • acrylic paint
  • cotton balls
  • glue
  • cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners
  • poms
  • hot glue

B. Set-up

Fold the sides of the paper plate in towards the center and fold the top down on top.

You can secure the top by hot gluing it down if you want to.

C. Activity

Paint the sides, top, and a little bit of the bottom black or grey.

Then, while waiting for it to dry, create the eyes, beak, feet, and wings out of cardstock paper. You can draw these, and your little one can cut them out and paste them in place.

Then, they can add a thin layer of glue on the inside white part of the penguin and add cotton balls on the inside.

This is an adorable penguin craft your kids will love.

RELATED: Penguin Crafts


#5: Puffy Paint Polar Bear

Making your own puffy paint is easy, fun, and honestly perfect for a polar bear animal craft.

You just need 2 simple ingredients for this one too.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • foam shaving cream
  • glue
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • paintbrush
  • paper plate
  • cardstock paper
  • scissors

B. Set-up

Mix equal parts of foam shaving cream and glue them together. If you want it to be extra fluffy, add some more shaving cream!

C. Activity

Make ears for the polar bear out of cardstock paper! Attach it to the back of the paper plate using a glue stick or hot glue.

Then, have the kids paint the puffy paint onto the paper plate all over!

Create a nose and eyes out of cardstock paper and place them on top of the paint. They will stick on once the paint dries.

You can add poms and a pipe cleaner for ear muffs for the polar bear, or you can leave it as is!

The puffy paint will dry within the day; feel how soft and fluffy it is!!

RELATED: Polar Bear Craft


#6: Bird Nest Paper Craft

This is a fun bird animal craft for preschoolers that is easy to make, and your kids will love it!

My kids are fascinated by how birds make their nests. This was a great lesson, along with the craft.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardstock colored paper
  • googly eyes
  • paper plate
  • glue
  • scissors
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • feathers

B. Set-up

Create a nest by cutting a paper plate in half and paint it brown! We used acrylic paint because it dries faster and covers more of the plate.

C. Activity

Draw two circles to make the birds. The head should be slightly smaller than the body. Then, paste these two together for each bird you want to make.

Create a face for each bird by adding eyes and a beak.

Then, glue craft feathers for the bird’s wings. Glue the birds onto the nest using a glue stick.

Lastly, have the kids cut up pieces of brown pipe cleaner or grab actual sticks outside and glue them to the nest you created.

You have the cutest little baby birds in a nest!

RELATED: Bird Crafts for Kids


#7: Flamingo Noodle Craft

Here is a great animal craft that involves some sensory! Flamingos are amazing, and they are so much fun to craft.

The bow-tie pasta noodles are perfect for the flamingo’s feathers.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrushes
  • googly eyes
  • parchment paper
  • tray

B. Set-up

Draw your flamingo shape on paper.

Then, have the kids start painting the pasta noodles! We painted them by hand with acrylic paint since there weren’t that many noodles.

When you paint the noodles, place a piece of parchment paper down on a tray and let the noodles dry on the paper.

C. Activity

While you are waiting for the noodles to dry, have the kids paint the flamingo that you drew!

Use glue to stick the noodles onto the back of the flamingo to make it look like feathers.

Then, paint on the legs. For the feet, we broke a noodle in half and painted it yellow.


#8: Owl Letter Craft

O is for owl! This animal craft is great for kids to practice learning the letter O.

I have a FREE letter collage book for you too, click the link at the end of this craft to check that out.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • googly eyes
  • marker

B. Set-up

Create a bubble letter O on brown paper and cut it out.

C. Activity

Paste the O to white paper and make the owl’s head, wings, feet, and beak out of paper.

Paste these pieces in the correct spot to make an owl!

Make it look like feathers by adding some squiggly lines with a marker.

RELATED: Letter Crafts


#9: Zoo Color by Code

This FREE color-by-code Zoo activity is a fun way for kids to work on numbers!

My son loves the color-by-code printables SO much! They are by far his favorite learning activity.

animal color by code printable

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • Color by Code sheets
  • crayons
  • markers

Click HERE for your FREE Zoo Color by Code

B. Set-up

Print off the sheets that you want to use!

C. Activity

Make sure your child understands how to read the key at the top of the page. Then, they will color each number in the picture based on what the key says.

These are my kid’s favorite out of all the printables I create. They love revealing the picture at the end!


#10: Fish Plate Craft

Check out this cool animal craft for kids! I love how colorful and easy this fish craft is.

Kids will love creating this craft. It is a perfect craft for an ocean unit.

paper plate fish craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper plate
  • acrylic paint
  • cardstock paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • googly eye
  • paintbrush

B. Set-up

Create a cut in the middle of the plate to be the mouth for the fish! The piece you cut out will actually become the tail.

Then, use acrylic paint to paint the paper plate. We use acrylic paint because it dries faster than washable paint.

C. Activity

To create the scales for the fish, you’ll fold a piece of cardstock paper and draw semi-circles on the edges, so they pop up!

The kids can cut them out, or you can! Then, they will use a glue stick to glue the scales on. We alternated a few different colors! You can do this or keep it one color.

Glue the tail on the fish and add a googly eye to complete the craft!

RELATED: Fish Crafts


#11: Pasta Lion Craft

Here’s another fun sensory craft! This is one of our favorites that I have ever made.

This lion animal craft is fun because you can use different colors of pasta for the mane.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

Use a bowl to trace a circle shape on cardboard. Cut it out using a box cutter! Make a face on the lions using paint, googly eyes, and spaghetti noodles for the whiskers.

To color the pasta, dump the noodles into a plastic bag, add some acrylic paint, shake then dump on parchment paper to dry!

C. Activity

Glue the lion’s faces onto another piece of cardboard. Then, start gluing the colored pasta noodles around the lion’s face to be the mane.

This can be a pattern-learning activity too! Use 2-3 different colored pasta noodles to create a pattern!

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#12: Jellyfish Fruit Loop Craft

We LOVE using Fruit Loops for activities. Adding in a snack for an activity will always be a win.

This jellyfish animal craft and activity is a great ocean craft for kids!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

art trays

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B. Set-up

Create a jellyfish shape out of paper and crayons! Then, let your little one color the jellyfish!

Grab some pipe cleaners and tape them to the back of the jellyfish.

C. Activity

Your child should work on color sorting by threading the correct color Fruit Loop on the pipe cleaners!

You can have them sort the Fruit Loops by color first, or they can grab them from a bowl and place them on the pipe cleaner.

RELATED: How to Teach Your Toddler Colors


#13: Turtle Coffee Filter Craft

Have you ever tried a coffee filter craft? They turn out SO awesome, and it’s an easy activity for kids to do.

All they have to do is scribble on the coffee filters! This is such a great turtle animal craft for kids.

coffee filter turtle craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Have the kids use markers to color on the coffee filters. They can use a specific color pattern or use whatever colors they want.

Place the coffee filters on an art tray and have the kids spray the coffee filters to make them completely wet.

Let them dry (this is how they look the best). If you plan to do this activity, I’d do this part the first day and complete the craft the next day.

C. Activity

Cut the pieces of the turtle out of cardstock paper. Then, have the kids use a glue stick to glue on the pieces.

Add some googly eyes and a smile for the turtles!

Check out how pretty and fun this turtle craft is!

RELATED: Easy Toddler Activities 


#14: Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies

Have you ever used toilet paper rolls to craft? I love using them because we always have them on hand, and they are FREE!

This butterfly animal craft is such a fun way for your kids to show their creativity.

butterfly toilet paper roll craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • toilet paper rolls
  • acrylic paint
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • hot glue
  • cardstock paper
  • Q-tips
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • foam paint brushes

B. Set-up

The kids will paint the toilet paper rolls the colors they want their butterflies to be! Then, wait for it to dry; takes only about 10-15 minutes.

While you are waiting for it to dry, create the wings using cardstock paper.

C. Activity

The kids can design their wings for the butterfly! Have them use Q-tips and paint to make dots, lines, or designs. This is a great fine motor activity for kids too!

Cut pipe cleaners and curl them at the top to make the antenna.

The adult will do this next step.

Use a hot glue gun to glue the wings on the sides of the toilet paper roll and the antenna on the inside of the roll.

The kids can use school glue to attach the eyes, and they can make a cute smile.

The kids can play with their butterfly crafts when they are all done! I love crafts that can be played with after.

RELATED: Butterfly Crafts


#15: Fork Printed Bears

Have you ever tried fork printing? Once you try it, you’ll want to keep finding fun ideas to try it with!

This bear animal craft for kids is fun and easy to set up!

fork painted bear craft for kids

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardboard
  • paint
  • forks
  • cardstock paper
  • googly eyes
  • black marker

B.Set-up

Place a bowl down and trace a circle shape on cardboard. Then, draw the ears (sem-circles) on both sides of the bear’s face. Lastly, create the bear’s ears and nose out of cardstock paper.

To create the nose, draw a circle, and the ears are semi-circles! Thank goodness for easy crafts, right?

C. Activity

Have the kids dip the forks into the color paint (brown, black, or white). Then, they will make prints with the fork around the bear’s face that you drew with the pencil.

They can use a paintbrush to paint the bear’s ears instead of using forks!

You can wait until the bear is dry to add on the paper nose and ears, or you can glue them on right away.

Lastly, add on googly eyes! Check out how cute this bear craft for kids is!

RELATED: Bear Crafts


#16: Sponge Caterpillars

How adorable is this insect craft for kids? I LOVE using sponges to create.

This is a simple caterpillar craft that’s great for springtime.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • sponges
  • Sharpie
  • paint
  • googly eyes
  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick

B. Set-up

Circle circles on sponges using a Sharpie, then cut them out.

C. Activity

Dip the sponges into red and green paint. We used two different colors of green paint.

Make your prints to make the caterpillars!

Then, create little legs and antennae out of brown paper. Paste them on with a glue stick.

Once the paint dries, add googly eyes and a smile with a marker.

Lastly, we made grass out of green paper by cutting a strip of paper off and making small cuts to look like grass.

RELATED: Insect Crafts


#17: Fingerprint Snails

These snail plates are just the cutest and super easy to make.

This insect craft is an adorable keepsake with fingerprints on the shells.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • small paper plates
  • acrylic paint
  • glue
  • googly eyes
  • paper
  • art mat

B. Set-up

Make a snail body shape out of colored paper and cut it out.

We also made grass out of a strip of green paper by cutting small slits throughout the entire strip.

C. Activity

Paste the grass on the bottom of a white piece of paper. Then, paste the snail shape you created just above the paper.

Add googly eyes and a smile to finish the face of the snail.

Then, on a small paper plate, have the kids create fingerprints all over the shell! Paste the shell on top of the snail’s body!

How adorable is this insect craft?


#18: Whale Cups

This animal craft for kids is just TOO cute! It’s also a great way to reuse supplies.

Can you believe these were green cups that I had left over from St. Patrick’s Day? You would never know!

letter w whale cup craft

I have to show both the back and front to you guys so you can see how cute the entire craft is!

Crafting with cups is simple and fun for kids to create!

whale cup craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Paint the cups using acrylic paint. In this case, I needed to do several layers, so the green didn’t show up on the cups.

While it’s drying, create the flippers and tail for the whale.

C. Activity

Use hot glue to glue on the flippers and tail once the cup is dry.

Poke a hole at the top of the cup using a pencil. Then, curl some pipe cleaners at the top and have the kids stick them inside the top of the cup to be the water coming out of the whales’ spout!

Add some googly eyes on the front, and you have some cute little whales!

RELATED: Ocean Animal Crafts


#19: Cupcake Liner Octopus Craft

Cupcake liners are fun to craft with! I love this octopus animal craft.

This is a great craft to add to your ocean-themed unit.

cupcake liner octopus craft for kids

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cupcake liners
  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • tape
  • Fruit Loops
  • googly eyes
  • pencil

B. Set-up

Cut strips of paper to be the tentacles for the octopus. Then, curl the ends of each strip by rolling a pencil at the bottom of each strip, pull it out, and see the curl!

C. Activity

Attach the paper strips to the cupcake liner by using a glue stick or tape. There should be 8 strips on each octopus.

Then, the kids will glue some Fruit Loops on the strips of paper to be the suckers for the tentacles.

Lastly, add googly eyes to the cupcake liner, and you have the cutest little octopus craft!


#20: Handprint Turtle Craft

This turtle animal craft is one of my all-time favorites. The pasta noodles are just perfect for turtle shells.

This makes for a great summer craft!

turtle handprint craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

colored macaroni

Lakeshore Learning’s Colored Macaroni

B. Set-up

Trace your little one’s hand on green cardstock paper and cut it out.

Create a head for the turtle, cut it out, and use a glue stick to paste it to the handprint.

C. Activity

We used shell noodles from our Lakeshore Learning colored macaroni pack for this craft!

Have the kids use glue to attach the shell pasta noodles to the turtle’s shell. They can use both big and small noodles!

Add the googly eyes and a smile, and you have the cutest turtle craft for kids!

RELATED: Turtle Crafts


#21: Shark Craft

Who’s kiddo loves sharks? Sharks are probably one of the most popular animals when it comes to animal crafts.

All I can think about when I see this craft is the song Baby Shark.

shark paper plate craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Fold a paper plate and paint the front blue!

Draw two fins and a tail using cardstock paper.

C. Activity

Using a glue stick, put one fin on the front of the plate and one fin on the back to be the dorsal fin.

Paste the tail on the inside of the plate, so it’s sticking out of the side!

Add on googly eyes and draw on a smile! If you want to add teeth, use a Q-tip and dip it in white paint to make teeth by the mouth!


#22: Fork Print Hedgehogs

When it comes to animal crafts, making hedgehogs are some of my favorite crafts!

Using a fork to make prints is perfect for a hedgehog.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardboard or paper
  • forks
  • acrylic paint
  • poms
  • marker
  • poms
  • glue

B. Set-up

Draw your hedgehog shape on cardstock or paper!

C. Activity

The kids can glue a pom to the nose of the hedgehog. This is a great way to work on color-matching skills.

The kids will match the color of the hedgehog’s nose with the paint colors and make prints all around the back of the hedgehog to be the quills!

They should try to fill in as much space as they can on the back!

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#23: Coffee Filter Peacocks

Make these beautiful peacock animal crafts by using markers, coffee filters, and a spray bottle!

I love how coffee filters dry. The colors blend, making them turn out so pretty.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • coffee filters
  • spray bottles
  • markers
  • cardstock paper
  • googly eyes
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • art trays

B. Set-up

Kids will color their coffee filters using purple, blue, and green markers. They can make specific designs or just scribble.

C. Activity

Use a spray bottle to spray the entire coffee filter on a tray. I separate all the filters, so they don’t blend together, so grab a few trays!

Then, let them air dry. This is a two-day project because they look so much better when they air dry.

Have the kids create the head for the peacock out of green, blue, or purple paper. Add googly eyes and a beak.

Use a glue stick to paste the head to the peacock!


#24: Popsicle Stick Snakes

Do your kids love creepy reptiles?! Then, this is the perfect animal craft for you!

This is a wonderful way to work on color sorting with toddlers and preschoolers too.

letter s snake color matching craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • colored popsicle sticks
  • glue
  • Fruit Loops
  • construction paper
  • googly eyes

B. Set-up

Glue two googly eyes on the popsicle sticks. Then, add create a tongue on construction paper. Make it a little easier on yourself, fold the paper multiple times, create the tongue using a pencil, and cut it out. This will give you multiple 🙂

Glue the tongue underneath the popsicle sticks!

C. Activity

Have the kids glue the same colored Fruit Loops on the sticks! This works on color-matching skills!

When we did this activity, we definitely had a few Fruit Loops :).  This is a great one for toddlers!


#25: Fox Rice Craft

This adorable fox animal craft is so fun to make! I love using sensory items to craft.

Coloring the rice is a simple and fun process that the kids will love.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • rice
  • acrylic paint
  • parchment paper
  • ziplock bag
  • cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • googly eyes

B. Set-up

To color the rice, dump 1 cup of rice in a ziplock bag, and add a few squirts of orange acrylic paint.

Shake it up and dump it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Separate the rice as much as you can so they don’t stick together.

C. Activity

While you are waiting for the rice to dry, create the fox face by making a semi-circle on orange cardstock.

Make a white mouth out of white cardstock paper and paste it at the bottom of the face. Lastly, create two ears for the fox and paste them at the top.

Add your googly eyes on, and create a face for the fox with paint or markers.

Lastly, add a thin layer of glue on the orange cardstock and sprinkle the orange rice on top.

RELATED: Fall Crafts


#26: Bat Bottle Cap Craft

This bat animal craft turns out so beautifully using watercolors! I love how the sky looks in the background.

We also love using recycled materials to make art. For example, the bats are made from bottle caps! How cool is that?

bat paper plate craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper plate
  • bottle caps
  • acrylic paint
  • black and yellow paper
  • watercolors
  • star glitter
  • paintbrushes
  • hot glue

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B. Set-up

Paint the outer rim of the plate black using acrylic paint. Then, paint the inside a mix of blue and purple using watercolors!

Paint the bottle caps black.

C. Activity

Create the bat’s wings and ears from black paper and use hot glue to glue them on.

Hot glue the bats to the paper plate. Lastly, create a full moon using yellow cardstock paper and glue it on.

RELATED: Bat Crafts


#27: Dinosaur Handprint Craft

This handprint dinosaur animal craft is adorable and so fun to make!

I love simple paper crafts. This one is a must-try for a dinosaur unit.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper
  • googly eyes
  • scissors
  • buttons
  • glue

B. Set-up

Make a dinosaur body out of colored paper and cut it out.

Trace your child’s hands and cut them out.

C. Activity

Add on googly eyes and make a smile for each dinosaur.

Then, have your child use a glue stick to paste their handprints on the back of the dinosaur, so it looks like spikes!

Then, you can create spots on the dinosaur with paper, or you can use buttons.

Lastly, we added some spikes on the tail using paper by making triangles and claws at the bottom of its feet.

RELATED: Dinosaur Crafts


#28: Pom Print Turkey Craft

This turkey animal craft is perfect for Thanksgiving!

I love how fun and colorful the feathers are for the turkeys. This is a great bird craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • construction paper
  • cardstock paper
  • googly eyes
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • poms
  • clothespins
  • paint

B. Set-up

Create the turkey’s face out of paper and googly eyes!

Then, make a semi-circle on white cardstock paper and cut it out.

C. Activity

Paste the turkey’s face onto the white paper.

The kids will attach craft poms to clothespins so they can use them as a paintbrush.

Dip the pom into paint and make prints on the white paper to make the turkey’s feathers!

This can be in a pattern or just spots all around with different colors!

RELATED: Turkey Crafts


#29: Paper Reindeer Craft

This simple reindeer animal craft is great for Christmas. I love the fingerprint lights for this craft.

Check out all my fun Christmas crafts at the end of the description for this craft.

reindeer christmas craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

washable paint for kids

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B. Set-up

Create a reindeer head and antlers! Then, paste it onto a piece of white paper.

Also, make the reindeer’s nose and add on googly eyes to complete the reindeer’s face!

C. Activity

The kids will dip their fingers in paint and make prints all through the antlers!

Once these prints are dry, they can use a black marker to create lines throughout the antlers so they look like Christmas lights!

RELATED: Christmas Crafts


#30: Zebra Letter Craft

Here is another fun letter animal craft to try out. This time, we are creating the letter Z.

This zebra craft is too cute and fun to make.

letter z zebra craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

acrylic paint set

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B. Set-up

On white paper, create a bubble letter Z and paste it onto a piece of black paper.

Create a zebra face and tail! Draw it on paper and cut it out.

C. Activity

Paint the zebra’s face and tail using acrylic paint. I like to use acrylic paint because it dries faster! Glue the googly eyes on the face.

Your little one can do this part, or you can! Cut some strips of black paper and paste them onto the zebra! This is a great way to also talk about measuring with your child too to make sure the stripes fit on the Z.

Paste the head at the top of the Z and the tail at the bottom!

RELATED: Letter Z Crafts


#31: Muddy Pig Craft

This pig animal craft is just too cute! This is a must-try farm animal craft for kids to make.

You can either use brown paint for this activity or even some pudding!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardboard
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • googly eyes
  • paint
  • buttons
  • glue
  • pudding (optional)

B. Set-up

Draw your pig shape on cardboard and paint it using pink acrylic paint.

C. Activity

Once the paint is dry, you can add on your googly eyes and a pink button for the nose!

We have done this craft in several ways. You can use brown washable paint and a circle brush to paint some mud on the pig.

Or, you can spread some brown pudding onto the pig! Toddlers and preschoolers will love this messy craft!


#32: Animal Craft Masks

Making your own animal craft masks is fun and easy! You can make whatever animal you want!

We tried a bunny, tiger, cheetah, and dinosaur.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper plates
  • acrylic paint
  • popsicle sticks
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • cardstock

B. Set-up

Cut plates in half. Some of the ones we did, you can see we cut straight, and some are curved.

Draw circles on the back of the plate with a pencil and cut them out. It’s easier to flip it over and cut.

C. Activity

Choose what animal you want to make and use acrylic paint to paint it!

We added spots for the cheetah and dinosaur using a circle paintbrush. For the tiger, we painted stripes, and the bunny just needed a nose and whiskers.

Use cardstock paper to add on ears and hot glue them to the back of the plate.

Then, hot glue a popsicle stick onto the back of the plate so the kids can hold it up like a mask!


#33: Watercolor Resist Chameleon

Watercolor resist projects are so fun to reveal! This chameleon animal craft is too fun because chameleons can change colors!

The kids will love learning about chameleons doing this craft.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • watercolors
  • cardstock
  • googly eyes
  • white crayon
  • paintbrush
  • glue

B. Set-up

Draw your chameleon shape on white cardstock paper and cut it out.

Create designs using a white crayon on the chameleon. Make sure to press down hard enough with the white crayon so it will show up.

C. Activity

Use watercolors to reveal the white designs on the chameleon! They can use a few different colors.

Glue on a googly eye, and you have an adorable chameleon craft.


#34: Paper Chain Snakes

These paper snakes are too cute and fun to make with the kids.

Making a paper chain is simple too! The kids can even hang these in their rooms.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • glitter (optional)

B. Set-up

Cut strips of colored paper. You will staple the ends together to create a circle.

C. Activity

Then, take another piece of paper and thread it through the first circle you created. Then, staple the ends together again. Keep repeating this process for however long you want to create the snake.

Create a semi-circle for the snake’s head. Glue on googly eyes and make a tongue out of red paper.

Paste the head onto the last circle you created using a glue stick. Then, check out your adorable snake craft!


#35: Bunny Handprint Craft

How adorable are these farm animal crafts? We used puffy paint to make these crafts.

Make your own puffy paint using foam shaving cream, glue, and food coloring.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • foam shaving cream
  • glue
  • food coloring
  • paintbrush
  • acrylic paint
  • pipe cleaners
  • yarn
  • googly eyes
  • grass/hay

B. Set-up

Make your own puffy paint by mixing equal parts of foam shaving cream and glue together. Change the color by adding some drops of food coloring.

C. Activity

We made a bunny, horse, pig, and chicken! Draw your shapes and use acrylic paint and paint in the head for each animal.

Then, for the body, the kids will use the puffy paint to paint them in.

We added pipe cleaners on the bottom of the chicken for the legs, yarn for the horse, grass for the bunny, and brown puffy paint for mud for the pig.


Final Thoughts and Conclusion

I hope you found some animal crafts and activities for the kids to make.

Creating animal crafts is a great way to teach your child about animals. It’s perfect to add to a unit about specific animal groups.

Please let me know if you have tried any of these ideas. I’d love to hear how it went.

Happy Crafting!

Deena

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