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Easy Lion Craft For Preschool

Get ready for a roaring good time with the kids!

This lion craft is a fun, cheap, and easy activity to do one-on-one with your child or with a classroom.

We love zoo animal crafts and this one takes the top spot in our favorites!

It’s super simple and comes with a free printable template so it’s great to make with preschool, pre k, and kindergarten-aged kids.

All the kids will love showing Mom and Dad their very own king of the jungle!

Check out our quick video tutorial or read our step-by-step directions to see all the details.

Lion Craft For Kids

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Supplies

Directions

Download the lion craft template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hands holding lion craft template

Begin to assemble the lion’s face by gluing the eyes towards the top of the yellow-orange face. If you look closely at the pictures you can see we made one lion with the wider part of the face up and one with the wider part of the face down. You can make it whichever way you prefer.

hands gluing on eyes to paper lion head

Glue the lion’s nose just below the eyes.

hands gluing on nose to paper lion face

Use the circle punch or scissors to cut out two 1″ circles. Glue these circles on either side of the nose, just below the eyes. If you don’t want to cut more pieces out, you can also use a pink marker to draw in the cheeks.

hands gluing on cheeks to paper lion craft

Take the black marker and draw on the mouth like the pictures show.

hands drawing on mouth with black marker

Use the pink marker to draw the inner ear onto the lion’s outer ear. Glue the ears to the top, back of the lion’s face.

hands drawing on inner ear to lion outer ear
hands gluing completed ears to back of lion head

Take the completed lion’s face and glue it in the middle of the lion’s mane.

hands gluing on completed lion head to lion's mane

Put the neck behind the back of the mane and glue in place.

paper lion craft with dark orange mane on marble background with green fabric

Zoo Animal Ideas For Kids

Looking for a fun and educational unit study for young kids? Why not try a zoo theme! We have tons of great ideas to get you started. Read on below to find the ones best suited to your kids or students.

Zoo Books For Kids

There are lots of benefits to reading aloud to young kids. For starters, it helps them develop a love for reading. Hearing stories read aloud is also a great way for kids to learn new words and ideas. And it can be a fun bonding experience for both parent and child.

But did you know that reading aloud can also help kids become better readers themselves? When kids hear words spoken aloud, they learn how to match the sounds with the letters on the page. This helps them understand the connection between spoken and written language, which is an important skill for reading. Additionally, hearing stories read aloud gives kids a model for fluent reading. They can learn how to pace themselves and emphasize key points just by listening to a good reader.

So next time you sit down to read with your young child, know that you’re not just creating a special moment – you’re also helping them develop important reading skills that will serve them well for years to come!

Try reading one of these popular zoo animal books:

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.

paper lion craft with light orange mane on marble background with green fabric

Zoo Crafts For Kids

Crafting is a great activity for young kids for a variety of reasons. It helps to develop fine motor skills, and it also allows kids to express their creativity. Crafting can also be a great way for kids to relax and unwind.

In addition, crafting can be a helpful tool for teaching kids about patience and perseverance. For all of these reasons, crafting is a great activity for young kids. So get out the glue and glitter, and let your kids’ creativity loose!

Paper Plate Giraffe Craft – This easy craft is perfect for kids of all ages and provides the perfect opportunity to hone their fine motor skills as they paint, cut, and glue the different elements of the giraffe. Whether you are doing this for a zoo themed party or just looking for an afternoon of paint-filled fun, this cute giraffe is sure to delight!

Zebra Paper Bag Puppet – Zebras are such fun animals to pretend to be! With this zebra craft, kids can pretend to be zebras while they imagines what life would be like in the African savanna.

Tiger Headband Craft – This simple yet cute craft can be made from colored paper or printed out in white and decorated with markers.

Handprint Monkey Craft – This monkey craft is not only adorable, but it’s also easy and doesn’t require any messy paint. Simply trace your child’s hand on a piece of paper and cut it out. Then add all the details and your child is done!

light orange maned and dark orange maned paper lions on marble background with green fabric

Zoo Activities For Kids

These zoo animal worksheets are a great way for kids to learn. They’re educational, fun, and help kids practice skills like letter recognition, handwriting, patterns, and introductory addition.

As any kid knows, a trip to the zoo is always a fun adventure. Whether you’re exploring the different habitats or gazing in at the animals on display, there’s always something to keep you entertained. And if you’re looking for a way to bring your zoo trip home, try using these zoo color by number printables. These worksheets provide an easy and entertaining way to practice number recognition and counting skills, as well as providing a great last minute activity to keep the kids busy.

If you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids, this zoo playdough kit is the perfect option. This kit comes with everything you need to make your own mini zoo, including playdough, animals, and accessories. It’s perfect for exploration and pretend play!

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More Animal Ideas For Kids

lion craft for toddlers

Lion Craft For Preschool

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this easy lion craft that's great for preschool kids. Download the free printable template and make today.

Materials

  • Colored cardstock (in orange, yellow orange, pink and black)
  • White cardstock
  • Glue stick
  • Pink and black marker
  • Lion template (download form located at the end of this post)

Tools

  • Scissors
  • 1" circle punch (optional)

Instructions

  1. Download the lion craft template, print and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin to assemble the lion's face by gluing the eyes towards the top of the yellow orange face.
  3. Glue the lion's nose just below the eyes. Take the black marker and draw on the mouth like the pictures show.
  4. Use the circle punch or scissors to cut out two 1" circles. Glue these circles on either side of the nose, just below the eyes. If you don't want to cut more pieces out, you can also use a pink marker to draw in the cheeks.
  5. Use the pink marker to draw the inner ear onto the lion's outer ear. Glue the ears to the top, back of the lion's face.
  6. Take the completed lion's face and glue it in the middle of the lion's mane.
  7. Put the neck behind the back of the mane and glue in place.
  8. This would make a fun craft for a safari or wild animal birthday party! Just have the pieces ready to go and all the little guests can make one to take home.

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Free Lion Craft Template

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wendy

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Thank you! So cute!

Sam

Thursday 5th of May 2022

You're welcome! Glad you like it :)

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