Easy Animal Crafts for Kids

Recently, my kids and I had a fun weekend as we set out to make animals with paper plates, beads and more. It is amazing how creative we could get with few supplies and they were super easy to make. Though my kids are older, these are crafts that even preschoolers can make with a little help. Animals are a surefire hit with kids, and you can use these ideas to create some cool animal crafts.

Valentine Penguins
My kids had watched Penguins of Madagascar so penguins were on the top of their list. We rolled up our sleeves and got to work. I realized a few hearts can take you a long way, at least where penguins are involved.

Supplies: Construction Paper (Black, Orange and White), Googly Eyes, Scissors, Glue Stick

Directions: Cut out the black construction paper in the shape of an egg, that is it should be a little broader at the base. Cut out a heart with white construction paper. Fold it into half and unfold it so that you can see the line running down the middle of the heart. Run the glue stick along the sides of the heart and place it in the middle of the black cutout. Cut the orange paper to make three little hearts. Place one heart around two inches down the white heart on the middle line to make a beak. The other two need to go at the bottom of the heart on either side of the line; these will be the feet. The googly eyes can be stuck on either of the middle line just over the heart-shaped beak.

Penguin Parents
Penguin Parents” by Christopher Michel is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Tiger, Tiger
Tigers are beautiful creatures and if your kids are anything like mine they will be in awe of them. You can make a tamer version of the wild beast with just a paper plate. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Supplies: Paper Plate, Orange Construction Paper, Black Marker, Googly Eyes, Scissors, Glue Stick, Pencil

Directions: Using the paper plate, draw a circle on the construction paper. Cut it out and glue it on the back of the paper plate. Cut out two ears. Draw a few stripes on half the ear and a few stripes on top of the plate, right in the middle. On either side of the stripes you have drawn, glue the ears. Place the googly eyes, and with a marker draw the nose and mouth. Don’t forget the whiskers!

Massive Tiger
Massive Tiger” by Todd Ryburn is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Butterfly Fairy Wreath
My little girl loves butterflies and fairies, and we decided to create a magical accessory for her –
a butterfly fairy wreath which she loved. We used lots of bright colors for the butterflies.

Supplies: White Paper, Crayons, Scissors, Glue Stick, Pencil

Directions: Draw the outline of a butterfly. Make a couple more and cut them all out. Your child can help you color them. Cut out a one-inch strip of thick paper that is long enough to go around your child’s head. This can be colored too. Glue the butterflies around the strip and stick the edges together to make a band.

Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly” by Trev Grant is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Hand Me a Giraffe
Next up was the giraffe. This was fun for the kids as it allowed them to get a little messy as they painted their hand and made prints on the paper. But the results were worth the time I had to spend getting the paint off their hands.

Supplies: White Paper, Pencil, Marker, Googly Eyes, Glue Stick, Scissors, Orange and Yellow Paint

Directions: Apply yellow paint on your child’s palm and inside arm. Stop a few inches before you reach the elbow. Help them press it on white paper. The palm will be the giraffe’s face and the hand, its long neck. The outer fingers are the ears. Over the two middle fingers, make a smudge with the black marker. Glue the googly eyes on the palm and draw a nose and mouth. Dip your fingers in orange paint and press them to make little patches.

Giraffe” by sharmzpad is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Share your favorite DIY crafts for preschoolers!


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