Koalas are such cuddly little animals it’s no wonder that kids are naturally drawn to them!
We love them just as much, which is why we made this koala handprint craft. It’s a simple zoo animal craft for kids that’s adorable and fun to create.
All you need to create this craft with your child is some colored paper, scissors, glue, and our printable template!
And like lots of our other handprint crafts, there’s no messy paint to worry about.
This activity is great for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary children learning about Australia, the letter K, or zoo animals!
Check out our quick video tutorial below to see how we made this cute koala.
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Koala template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link emailed to you)
Scroll to the bottom to find the download form.
Download the koala template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Trace your child’s hand onto a piece of gray cardstock and cut it out.
Begin to assemble the koala’s face by gluing the inner ears to the outer ears.
Place the eyes in the middle of the head and glue it in place. Next, glue the nose/mouth piece in between and slightly overlapping the eyes.
Cut out small ovals from the pink cardstock and glue on the koala’s face for cheeks or use a pink marker to draw them on.
Take the finished koala head and glue it to the thumb side of the handprint.
Assemble the tree by gluing the branch near the bottom of the tree trunk.
Position the koala, pinky side down, on the branch and glue into place.
Glue a few leaves on the end of the branch and the top of the tree trunk.
That’s it! Isn’t this such a fun handprint craft for kids?
Zoo Animal Ideas
Add this handprint koala craft into a fun zoo animal craft unit! We’re sharing some of our favorite crafts, activities, and printables to help teach and entertain the kids. Scroll through to find the best ideas for your children or students.
There are many reasons why reading aloud to your children is an important activity for kids. For starters, reading aloud gives kids the opportunity to explore new stories and explore the world from other people’s perspectives.
It also encourages them to discover the joy of reading, helping them develop a lifelong love of books and learning. Additionally, reading aloud helps children expand their vocabulary, improving their communication skills and allowing them to better express themselves.
By opening up a world of adventures, possibilities, and wonder, reading aloud truly allows kids to explore the full potential of their imaginations. For all these reasons, we recommend starting with books. Check out some of these popular zoo books for kids.
The Fascinating Animal Book For Kids is a great book for curious kiddos! Find facts on almost any animal your child is learning about. This is a great resource to have in your home library collection.
The View At The Zoo is a silly book about all the animals at the zoo. When the people come to take a look at the animals, they see all sorts of sights! But, there’s a twist to this book that you have to read for yourself and laugh about!
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a sweet and fun book about Gerald the Giraffe. He can’t dance, but doesn’t stop trying! He finally finds his own rhythm when he meets an unlikely friend.
Zoo Crafts For Kids
It’s never too early for your kids to start honing their artistic skills, and crafting is a great way to do it. Crafting allows children to explore their creativity, experiment with different materials, and express themselves in unique ways.
Through crafting, children can also develop important fine motor skills and learn to follow instructions. And best of all, crafting is fun! So encourage your child to get crafty, and who knows – you might just have the next Picasso on your hands.
Try some of these zoo crafts for kids:
Elephant Handprint Craft – Making this craft is a great way for kids to express their creativity while learning more about these amazing animals. With just a few simple steps, your child can create an adorable elephant craft that is sure to delight both them and anyone who sees it!
Giraffe Headband Craft – This adorable paper craft is perfect for young animal lovers, and it is so simple to make. Simply download and print the template onto white paper, then let your kids color it in. Or for older kids, make it from colored paper!
Zebra Paper Bag Puppet – This zebra crat is the perfect activity for kids to make from a lunch sack! It’s super easy and only requires a few supplies that you probably already have around the house
Tiger Headband Craft – Tigers are big and ferocious and they’re one of kids’ favorite zoo animals. But did you know that your kids can make their very own tiger headband craft right at home? All they need is some paper, scissors, and glue. The kids will want to wear it proudly and show everyone that they’re the king or queen of the jungle.
If you need some printables to help the kids, these zoo animal worksheets for preschool are great. They’ll help preschoolers with letter recognition, patterns, handwriting, colors, and more! There are over 20 pages of zoo animal fun!
These animal do a dot printables are another easy setup activity. Just download, print, and let your child use their dot markers!
If you’re looking for a fun and sensory way to introduce kids to the wonders of the animal kingdom, look no further than a zoo play dough kit! This kit is packed with all the tools and materials that your little ones need to create their own imaginary animals. And with its vibrant assortment of textures and colors, this kit is sure to capture kids’ imaginations and spark their interest in wildlife.
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More Animal Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Koala template
- Download the koala template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Trace your child's hand onto a piece of gray cardstock and cut out.
- Begin to assemble the koala's face by gluing the inner ears to the outer ears.
- Place the eyes in the middle of the head and glue it in place. Next, glue the nose/mouth piece in between and slightly overlapping the eyes.
- Cut out small ovals from the pink cardstock and glue on the koala's face for cheeks or use a pink marker to draw them on.
- Take the finished koala head and glue it to the thumb side of the handprint.
- Assemble the tree by gluing the branch near the bottom of the tree trunk.
- Position the koala, pinky side down, on the branch and glue it into place.
- Glue a few leaves on the end of the branch and the top of the tree trunk.