Animal Crafts for Kids
A selection of delightful animal crafts for kids ranging from those suitable for preschoolers to more complicated crafts for older kids.
These activities will be a lot of fun for children. These crafts will help teach fine motor skills as they color, cut, paste, thread, and position beads and stickers. They will also learn about different animals in a fun way which will be helpful for science and geography. Many of these animals will make great gifts or decorations for various holidays throughout the year.
Many of the crafts on these pages are printable - simply download the file / picture and print it out on your printer. Most of these will then require cutting, folding, and pasting. Others will require some extra materials which you probably have on hand, such as paper plates, empty toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, paper bags etc. For some of these crafts you will need to have access to special supplies, such as chenille stems, pompoms, foam shapes, craft sticks etc.
My own photo - cute giraffe with a bendy straw for his neck made by my children. Here is a pattern if you'd like to make your own.
Fun Animal Crafts
On this site you'll find a selection of animal perler bead (AKA fuse bead and hama bead) patterns. There are pets, farm animals, wild animals, birds, dinosaurs, and marine creatures to choose from.
The really fun thing is that these patterns can be used for a lot more crafts than just fuse bead projects. The square designs can be used as cross stitch patterns or you could print out some graph paper and get the children to color in the squares or stick colored stickers in the squares according to the pattern. I am also including some templates on the right which you can download and print out then use to color or add colored stickers. Just click on the thumbnails above the seahorse to see them.
Perler Bead Pet Parade
Here's a really cute idea for kids to make. Simply purchase this printable turtle lollipop holder (comes in in three colors), print out the page, cut out the shapes, fold and insert a lollipop. These make lovely party favors or quick and easy Christmas or Valentine's Day gifts for the class.
More Printable Animals Crafts
This page is crammed full of different animal crafts suitable for preschoolers and young kids. Many of the crafts are printable – print out the page of body parts (eg for the elephant, there are ears, eyes, legs, a head, body, trunk, and tail). You then color or paint the sections, let them dry, cut them out, and glue them onto a piece of paper. The animals have been sorted into the following categories:
- swimming creatures (fish, dolphins, turtles and whales)
- shells and tentacles (eg crabs, jellyfish, octopus)
- other water dwellers (eg beaver, otter, platypus)
- reptiles and amphibians (eg alligator, chameleon, frogs, komodo dragon, snakes)
- dinosaurs (eg stegosaurus, triceratops, tyranosaurus rex)
- pets (eg rabbits, cats, dogs, hamster)
- farm animals (eg cows, goat, horse, pig, sheep, donkey)
- zoo animals (eg elephants, big cats, bears, pandas, gorillas, giraffes, monkeys)
- other mammals (eg armadillo, camel, hedgehog, koala, llama, meerkat, rhino, skunk, yak)
Animal Crafts using a Variety of Materials
The animal crafts on this website are suitable for little children. They are made using easily available materials. You'll find the following groups: birds, farm animals, insects, ocean animals, reptile and amphibians, zoo / safari animals, dinosaurs, and rabbits.
This page contains a nice variety of different animals, mostly suitable for younger children. You can either choose by the creature's habitat (Australian, desert, farm, forest, jungle / rain forest, ocean, pets) or by the type of animal (bird, fish, insects, mammals, amphibians and reptiles). Many of the crafts here only require supplies which are readily available (eg paper, glue, egg cartons, paper plates, cardboard tubes), and not specialized equipment.
Animal Mosaics Kit
Printable Paper Animals Models
You'll finds a huge number of printable models here (and on the following pages). Many of these are quite complex and intricate with several pages to print for each model (suitable for older children, teens, or adults), but some, like the zebra, giraffe, and rabbit on the last page, are a bit easier, requiring only one printable page.
Farm Animal Collage Kit
Printable Split Pin Animal Crafts
Most of the crafts on this page are free. There are split pin animals available as a pre-colored download, or in black and white for the child to color. Once you have printed, colored, and cut out each element, they are put together with split pins so that the creature can move its legs, head, and tail. Fun!
Dozens of bird crafts for all ages - preschoolers to adult. Find chicken crafts, dove crafts, owl crafts and more.
How do you plan to use these animal crafts?
chat2vishakha on October 28, 2013:
Very informative post.I really enjoyed the collection animal crafts.Thanks for sharing.
Jeanette (author) from Australia on January 20, 2013:
@anonymous: Found it! I had to use the wayback machine. I've put it in the giraffe section for you.
anonymous on January 09, 2013:
Where can I find the Giraffe craft you have shown above. Searched, could not find.
Jeanette (author) from Australia on November 03, 2012:
@anonymous: Hehe. Well spotted jamiaca. A lens is what we here at Squidoo call our pages. Let me know if you end up making the bunny :-)
anonymous on November 02, 2012:
i wish i could make the felt bunny and what is the lens everyone is talking about?
ResearchAddict on September 23, 2012:
What a wealth of information about crafting with kids. Thanks for sharing.
milaniki on September 19, 2012:
useful links. Great lens
Nyathearai on September 15, 2012:
This lens is absolutely magic. I'll be coming back again and again. THanks so much for sharing!
Kumar P S on August 27, 2012:
Wonderful lens ! Thanks for sharing.
Kumar P S on August 27, 2012:
Wonderful lens ! Thanks for sharing.
nickybutler on July 31, 2012:
Fantastic lens, so many good ideas!
funbee lm on July 30, 2012:
I really enjoyed this collection of animals crafts!
psiloveyou1 on June 03, 2012:
Tons of great ideas! Wonderful lens.
BoredAtHomeinfo on May 17, 2012:
What a great site. This has given me so many ideas. Thanks
jholland on April 25, 2012:
My 3 year old and her cousins will love these craft ideas.
glutenallergy on April 25, 2012:
These are great! My youngest would love the pig craft ideas (she's crazy about pigs). Very nice lens!
NicoleDean on April 02, 2012:
What an awesome and amazing list of crafts! I absolutely love the giraffe at the very top! Great job on the lens!
anonymous on March 30, 2012:
My son and I will do it.
intermarks on March 07, 2012:
I can use these idea to teach my kids. Thanks!
perrybenard on March 07, 2012:
i'm sure we can find loads to do with my children we are always doing something
anonymous on March 07, 2012:
Our grandchildren love crafts! Thank you for all the super resources!
girlfriendfactory on March 07, 2012:
So many cute animals! Now trying to decide where to start will be another story!
SquidooRocks55 on March 07, 2012:
Wow, these look great. I'll have to try some with my kids this weekend.
MelonyVaughan on February 29, 2012:
These are so much fun!
bikerministry on February 23, 2012:
Super fun animal crafts. Great lens, blessings. Congrats on So Crafty.
jimmyworldstar on February 02, 2012:
That's clever, a straw for the neck of a giraffe! These are great ideas for class activities.
Boradryn on October 06, 2011:
I think with a four year old and a three year old, I think I can find some use for these craft ideas. *grins*
ScareYouDiva on September 27, 2011:
So much great info here! I'll definitely be looking for ideas the next time my nephews come over.
anonymous on September 18, 2011:
this dinosoar is really cool!
cerezo on July 22, 2011:
Great site for mi kids, thank's
anonymous on February 11, 2011:
My goodness! You must have put tons of time into accumulating these resources and this lovely presentation of ideas for animal crafts! Excellent work.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on November 18, 2010:
Fabulous animal craft resource! Now, to just have the time, who needs kids :)
anonymous on October 09, 2010:
WriterBuzz on October 02, 2010:
This is a great lens. Thanks for making it. Very informative. I gave you a thumbs up
cause I like your lens.
hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 15, 2010:
i do. my daughter will love them. thank you.
Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on September 09, 2010:
I can see you put a lot of work into this resource and can see how helpful it would be to someone who was looking for sources for these crafts.
Delia on July 27, 2010:
Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! great lens of links, but was hoping to have found Animal crafts ideas here...so will check out some of the links...thanks for sharing