I think it’s safe to say that every child loves to take a trip to the zoo to see all their favorite zoo animals.
I’ve been looking around and found so many fun zoo animal crafts that I couldn’t wait to share them with you!
What a great way to discuss all the animals you saw during your visit, a fun way to talk about each one and help them learn more as they create.
Zoo Animal Crafts
Some zoo animals, such as penguins and polar bears, have had lots and lots of craft projects modeled after them.
Other animals were not as easy to find!
To save you from searching them out yourself, here’s a list of 25 fun zoo animal crafts (and crafty food too) that you and your kids can create.
At the end, be sure to check out a few zoo animal craft collections I think you’ll like as well!
25 Fun Animal Crafts Any Animal Lover Will Enjoy Making
This toucan craft is the perfect zoo craft for preschoolers. It’s simple, uses simple items like paint, paper plates, and tissue paper! Little hands should have an easy time making this Paper Plate Toucan. – I Heart Crafty Things
Polar Bear Craft
Does your child love bears? Then this polar bear craft is for them! This Paper Plate Polar Bear is so simple to make and is fuzzy and soft! – Artsy Momma
Love keepsakes? Then you’ll love this monkey craft! You make a Footprint Monkey and decorate a tree using fingerprints! Keep it forever to remember how small your child was.- Fun Handprint Art
Lion Paper Bag Puppet
Want more animal crafts for kids! Then this lion Paper Bag Puppet is perfect. The lion has a scraggly mane! How fierce!- Meaningful Mama
Grizzly Bear On A Stick
Grizzly Bear on a Stick is a super tasty chocolatey snack! All you need is a stick, snack cakes, Oreos, and candies!- Hungry Happenings
Penguin Paper Craft
I love toilet paper tube crafts. Which is why this penguin paper craft is right up my alley. It makes a super cute penguin, but also recycles! – Crafts by Amanda
How To Make A Giraffe
How cool! Save all the toilet paper tubes so you can learn how to make a giraffe. This Cardboard Tube Giraffe is one of the cooler animal crafts I think! – Crafts by Amanda
Who doesn’t love hippos? This Paper Plate Hippo craft is the perfect animal crafts for toddlers! It uses simple items like paper plates, paper, and paint!- I Heart Crafty Things
This tiger craft is the perfect animal craft for older kids like elementary students as it does involve a needle and thread. Or if you like this Craft Foam Tiger Pouch enough for small kids, they can decorate the felt while mom or dad does the sewing part!- Craft Ideas
Look how precious this elephant craft is! They’re so little and cute! This one may require some parent help as it does take some precise cuts to piece it together.- Mom Brite
I love this so much! Whether you’re promoting pretend play or dressing up this Paper Bag Gorilla Mask is absolutely adorable and so simple to make. – Wee Society
You could do this as a flamingo craft or a Flamingo Valentine, either way it’s adorable with its heart shaped body and look at all the feathers!- Craftulate
Make your child’s homework desk extra fun with this Kangaroo Pencil Holder. This is a fun kangaroo craft that you can put to good use. – Mama Jenn
Paper Walrus Craft
Grab your paint, glue, and paper plates for this Plate Walrus Craft! You don’t really see too many walrus crafts, but it is super cute and pretty simple when it comes to animal arts and crafts.- I Heart Crafty Things
Promote pretend play with this Koala Mask! It has a big nose like koalas do and look at the fuzzy ears! – My Poppet
Otter crafts are another one you don’t see too much of. But this Paper Otter Craft is adorable. Honestly, I think it would be fun to make a brown, blue, and pink one like that old show PB&J Otter. Anyone else remember?- Learn Create Love
Peacock Feather Craft
This! This one right here is my favorite? Why? Look at all the feathers and sparkles! This peacock feather craft is super amazing. – Artsy Craftsy Mom
Paper Panda Craft
We can’t forget about roly poly pandas! This panda craft is super cute and great if you have some extra construction paper lying around. If you’re looking for zoo activities for preschoolers then this Torn Paper Panda is perfect.- Cindy deRosier
You know those random white socks you can’t find a match to? Don’t throw them out use them to make these Sock Seal Pups. This is the cutest seal craft ever! – Tippy Toe Crafts
Pipe Cleaner Animals
Have an abundance of pipe cleaners in your crafting closet? Use them to make pipe cleaner animals! This Pipe Cleaner Chameleon looks so real. – Martha Stewart
Learning about snakes? Well, these animal crafts for kids can definitely help with that lesson. Use recycled cardboard tubes to make these brightly colored Cardboard Tube Coiled Snakes. – Crafts by Amanda
See ya later Alligator! Not really, we’re back with a Paper Alligator craft! I think this craft is best suited towards kindergarteners and up as it will require quite a bit of cutting. – Skip to My Lou
Cheetah Paper Plate Craft
Cheetahs are super fast…and did you know they chirp? They do! Paper Plate Cheetah Mask – Learn Create Love
Make a Zebra Footprint! No, not the actual footprint of a zebra, rather, you use your footprint to make a zebra! – Cindy deRosier
Egg Carton Camel
Save your egg cartons so you can make this Egg Carton Camel. It is super easy and look, it has 2 humps on its back.- DLTK Kids
More Animal Crafts For Kids
Looking for even more zoo animal inspiration?
Check out these Jungle Animal Pretzels from Hungry Happenings.
There is a fun collection of Zoo Animals from Cardboard Tubes over at Red Ted Art.
And these cute Handprint Zoo Animals from Craftulate.
More Animal Crafts From Kids Activities Blog
We have so many fun animal crafts, activities, and free printables you can enjoy!
- You will love these paper plate crafts! We have 21 animal paper plate crafts for you to try out.
- Recycle foam cups and turn them into animal cups!
- Short on time? No problem! Print off these farm animal coloring pages!
- Or what about these animal word searches?
- Grab your play doh so you can make all these fun play doh animals.
- Download these printable animal masks and let your child color and decorate them.
- Love cows? Then you’ll adore this cow craft!
- Look at these cool shadow puppets! They’re shadow animals! This is a fun animal craft AND activity!