Inside: Go wild with these fun printable Giraffes Cant Dance activities that’ll bring the book to life in a whole new way! These are part of the ultimate printable activities for kids collection.
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One of our goals during break was to read more children’s books. If I leave the book selection to my boys, then we end up with the Pokemon, Angry Birds and Star Wars.
Every. Single. Time.
And while I encourage them to get books they want to read, I also pick out some of my own books to broaden their horizon every so slightly.
One of my favorite kid’s books that we picked up at the library is called Giraffes Can’t Dance.
It’s a cute story about a giraffe who doesn’t fit in with his other animal pals because he just can’t dance like all of the rest of them. Through the story, he receives some wise advice and encouragement and ends up one of the best dancers in the wild.
I loved the theme of desire, struggle and triumph that this story portrays.
It’s an important message for kids who have a hard time persevering through challenges of their own.
After we read the books 3 or 4 times, I realized it was a hit and decided to make some printable activities to go along with it.
Printable Giraffes Cant Dance Activities
The activities I created for this book are great for imaginative play and also to get your child’s creativity flowing.
You can download a free sample of the activity pack that includes the printable giraffe puppet by entering your email in the form below.
- Giraffe Printable Activity Pack
- Paper (regular and cardstock)
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Laminator (optional, but will greatly increase durability)
- Laminating pouches (optional)
- Small Hole Punch (1/4″; optional)
Giraffe, Monkey & Zebra Puppets:
Print these pages out on thick cardstock and laminate for added durability.
Cut out the body and limbs of each animal. Use a small hole punch or push the brads through the white circles on the animal’s body (if you’re not laminating).
Punch or push the brads through the limbs and attach them to the body to finish the puppet.
Roll & Color Worksheet:
Turn coloring into a game with this free printable worksheet.
Give each child a coloring sheet and take turns rolling the die. Read the number on the die, then find all the corresponding numbers on the worksheet.
Color those spots in with the color of your choice. Repeat until the entire picture has been colored. Compare pictures at the end to see how each child decided to color their page.
Print out a maze for each child. Using a pencil, have your child find their way through the maze.
There is more than one route to the end. See how many ways your child can find.
Print out the puzzle for each child on thick cardstock. Use scissors or a paper trimmer to cut out each puzzle piece.
For younger children, print the puzzle guide and let them match the puzzle pieces to the guide.
For older children, let them assemble the puzzle without any help.
Print out as many bingo cards as you need (up to 5) for each player.
Print out the calling cards and cut each animal space out.
Draw an animal calling card at random. Using bingo markers or any small food (like cheerios, mini marshmallows, m&ms, etc), have the children mark their bingo sheet in the space for that animal.
Repeat until a child gets any four animals in a row.