25 Wild and Fun Animal Crafts Your Kids Will Love

Animal crafts are so much fun. Whether it is a food craft, paper plate craft, or even simple sewing projects we gathered them all!

Why? Because 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.

25 Zoo Animal Crafts and Recipes

I’ve been looking around and found so many fun zoo animal crafts that I couldn’t wait to share them with you!

These are great ideas because it’ll allow you 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 all these amazing animals crafts. 

Fun Animal Crafts For Kids

Some zoo animals, such as penguins and polar bears, have had lots and lots of fun 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. We have gathered different kinds of animals, so hopefully we have your favorite zoo animal.

At the end, be sure to check out a few zoo animal craft collections I think you’ll like as well as they are also good if you wanna have a great time crafting. (This post contains affiliate links.)

25 Fun Animal Crafts Any Animal Lover Will Enjoy Making

animal crafts for kids: with a toucan, polar bear, monkey, lion, and brown bear
I’m super excited about the brown bear craft!

Toucan Craft

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

Monkey Craft

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

zoo activities for preschoolers with: a tiger, elephant, giraffe, penguins, and hippo
That hippo craft is so cute!

Penguin Paper Craft

I love toilet paper rolls 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

Hippo Craft

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

Tiger Craft

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

Elephant Crafts

Look how precious this elephant crafts 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

zoo crafts for preschoolers with a gorilla, flamingo, kangaroo, walrus, and koala
The walrus craft is absolutely darling, I am excited to make that one.

Gorilla Mask

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

Flamingo Craft

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

Kangaroo Craft

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

Koala Mask

Promote pretend play with this Koala Mask! It has a big nose like koalas do and look at the fuzzy ears! – My Poppet

zoo animal crafts with otters, peacocks, panda, seals, and chameleons
These animal crafts are absolutely darling.

Otter Craft

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

Seal Craft

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. Don’t forget to add big googly eyes to them. 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

preschool animal crafts with a cheetah, camel, snakes, alligators, and zebra
Look at the camel craft! It’s so amazing and even has 2 humps.

Snake Crafts

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

Alligator Craft

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 is super cute. All you need is paint, paper plate, and craft sticks.- Learn Create Love

Zebra Footprint

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

animal crafts for toddlers with foam cups, animal pretzels, vultures, and more
Vultures are my favorite birds!

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!

Which animal craft is your favorite? Let us know down below!

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