Did you know that lions are not only expert hunters but also excellent communicators? They roar and growl and purr to talk to one another!
Kids can create a whole pride of lions when they make this lion toilet paper roll craft, so save up the TP rolls to make this roaringly fun and cute craft!
This craft is a great way for kids to get in some practice using their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and scissor skills!
Grab our free template and give something that would otherwise be thrown away a new life!
Toilet paper rolls are a super versatile craft supply. They can transform into a variety of objects from animals to rockets, so be sure to check out more easy toilet paper roll crafts for kids to see what else they can create!
Recycled Lion Craft
- TP Roll
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Glue dot (optional)
- Lion template (enter your email in the form at the end of the post to get the template)
Download the lion template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by gluing the face to the middle of the mane.
Take the eyes and glue them beneath both of the eyebrows.
Next, glue the belly to the middle and bottom of the body.
Place tape on one end of the lion’s body, then wrap it around the toilet paper roll. Place a second piece of tape on the opposite end of the body and secure it to the cardboard tube.
Glue the head to the top of the lion’s body. We prefer using a glue dot for this, but you can also use a standard glue stick or liquid glue.
Create the lion’s tail by gluing the tip of the tail to the end of the tail.
Finish up by folding the end of the tail over, placing glue or a glue dot on the folded portion, and gluing it to the side of the lion’s body.
We’re sure your little one loved making this cute lion craft. Be sure to check out all of our other animal crafts while you’re here that your kids will love to make too!
Preschool Zoo Theme
Have your little explorers discover the animal kingdom as they craft, learn, and play with some fun zoo-themed crafts and activities.
They can roar like lions and swing like monkeys when they discover all the cool animals in the zoo through a variety of fun projects. Choose from some of our favorites below that will be a hit with your kiddos!
Zoo Kids’ Books
Reading books aloud helps to develop language and listening skills, improves concentration and focus, and expands vocabulary. It can also stimulate imagination and creativity, exposing them to new ideas and perspectives!
Additionally, reading together can be a calming and comforting activity that can help children wind down before bedtime. See some of our top zoo animal book recommendations below.
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 Paper Crafts
Crafting is not only fun but also incredibly beneficial for kids! It sparks their creativity and allows them to express themselves, reduce stress, and complete a relaxing activity.
Encourage your kiddos to create with everyday materials for a wonderful way for them to learn, grow, and have fun!
Polar Bear Name Craft – Take a trip to the North Pole with us to make a craft with our adorable polar bear friend! Kids will practice spelling their names with letters on the glaciers. It’s a fun way for them to work on letter recognition and spelling!
Giraffe Puppet Craft – What is tall and proud and reaches for the clouds? A giraffe! Use a plain paper bag along with some basic craft supplies for kids to create their own giraffe puppet! Kids will love all the imaginative play they can have with their new puppet.
Elephant Headband Craft – Add a touch of whimsy to playtime with a fun new craft! Kids will use their imaginations as they pretend to be a majestic elephants when they wear their elephant headbands.
Monkey Craft for Kids – This craft is sure to bring about lots of monkeying around when kids create their own monkey crafts! It’s a creative activity that kids will love to do when learning about the letter M or zoo animals. They can give this card to someone special with a handwritten note on the inside!
Zoo Animal Activities
Get ready for some dotting fun with these animal do a dot printables! This fantastic activity features various animals like C for crocodile or H for hippo!
Kids will color in the animal coloring pages with their dot markers, practice counting, letter recognition, and color recognition. This fun and interactive way to learn about different animals will be a hit with your preschoolers!
Kids will have a waddling good time with penguins when they practice using their scissors on these penguin cutting activity pages.
They’ll be able to hone their scissor skills by carefully cutting along the dotted lines to reach the different penguins. This activity also works on fine motor skills and concentration as they cut and paste the matching penguins and count the number of penguins in each box.
If you’re looking for a great resource for kids to practice their letters, then you’ll want to check out these preschool alphabet worksheets. These printables are a great way for preschoolers to work on recognizing uppercase and lowercase letters of all 26 letters of the alphabet.
Check out these lion ten frames printables for a great math resource for your preschoolers! Each group of ten boxes has a lion and a number. Kids will fill in the correct amount of lions in the blank boxes.
This activity is a great way for kids to develop counting and number recognition skills. It’s a fun and hands-on way for kids to learn their numbers with their “mane” friends!
Fun Zoo Ideas
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More Fun Ideas For Kids
- TP Roll
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Glue dot (optional)
- Lion template
- Download the lion template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing the face to the middle of the mane.
- Take the eyes and glue them beneath both of the eyebrows.
- Next, glue the belly to the middle and bottom of the body.
- Place tape on one end of the lion's body, then wrap it around the toilet paper roll. Place a second piece of tape on the opposite end of the body and secure it to the cardboard tube.
- Glue the head to the top of the lion's body. We prefer using a glue dot for this, but you can also use a standard glue stick or liquid glue.
- Create the lion's tail by gluing the tip of the tail to the end of the tail.
- Finish up by folding the end of the tail over, placing glue or a glue dot on the folded portion, and gluing it to the side of the lion's body.