If you plan a trip to the zoo, you’ll definitely want to add in some fun crafts for kids to learn more about the different animals they can see there.
When kids visit the zoo, they love to see the monkeys swinging around and being so cute and clever. That’s why they’ll go bananas to create this fun monkey tissue paper craft.
While the kids are making their own monkey crafts, they’re also sharpening their fine motor skills with each tear and placement of the tissue paper. They’ll love seeing the monkey come to life with every piece they glue down.
You’ll just need a handful of basic crafting supplies and our free printable template to have the kids creating in no time!
While the kids are busy crafting, ask them about their favorite memory from when they went to the zoo, or what they’re looking forward to seeing the next time they go.
If your kids loved this activity, be sure to check out our other animal crafts for kids. There are lots of ideas for some more fun learning about different animals.
Letter M Monkey Craft
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Colored tissue paper
- Monkey template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the monkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by spreading glue over a small section of the monkey outline.
Use the appropriate colored tissue paper in the section you spread glue over.
Repeat the previous two steps all over the monkey until it is completely filled.
Next, take the eyes and glue one on each side of the nose.
Finish by cutting the bottom portion of the background paper off.
We’re sure your little monkeys loved making this craft and there are plenty more animal crafts you can find here to keep them busy!
Zoo Animal Ideas For Kids
Need more zoo animal craft ideas? They would be a great addition to your visit to the zoo to get kids inspired to learn more about different animals.
We’ll get you started with some of our favorite ideas below, so the kids can get straight to the fun! Save the crafts and activities your kids will be “wild” about!
Zoo Animal Books For Kids
Reading books to children from a young age is one of the most important things a parent can do for their development. It helps expand their vocabularies, fosters imagination and independent thinking, encourages interest in reading and language acquisition, and does wonders for their overall academic performance.
In order to create lifelong readers, it’s essential to nurture a love of reading early through engaging stories that challenge and excite kids of all ages. Doing so will provide them with the skills they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom.
Below are some of our top zoo animal 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 Animal Crafts For Kids
If you’re looking for a fun way for kids to strengthen skills important to their development, then you’ll want to get them crafting!
Crafting is a way for kids to gain decision making skills, fine motor skills, and scissor skills all while having fun. It’s also a great way for kids to learn patterns, shapes, and colors. Encourage your kids to express their ideas in a creative way with some of the crafts below!
Paper Bag Puppet Lion – A fun and easy project for your little lion cubs to make and play pretend with! All you need is some basic supplies like an everyday paper bag, scissors, glue, and this free template to get started.
Koala Handprint Craft – This cute and cuddly little animal is perched in his favorite eucalyptus tree! Kids will craft their koalas using their own little handprints. This personalized keepsake craft is made even easier with our free template!
Tiger Headband Craft – Kids pounce on the chance to make this fun tiger craft! You can either use colored paper to print the template onto or print out a black and white version for kids to color in. Once they complete their tigers, they’ll have a roaring good time pretending with it!
Elephant Paper Plate Craft – Paper plate crafts are classic because they’re an inexpensive way to make something fun. Kids will love showing off their artistic skills by painting their own elephants! Grab the template and a few supplies to make putting this clever animal together even easier.
Zoo Animal Activities For Kids
Bring the zoo to you when you download these zoo animal worksheets! This set of worksheets is a great way for kids to work on letters, counting, handwriting, and colors. They’ll also hone various skills such as their scissor skills, fine motor skills, matching. This bundle of 24 different pages featuring zoo animals includes games, puzzles, matching, and lots more.
Have the kids reveal hidden pictures when they color in these zoo animal color by number printables! For kids that love to color, these are a fun challenge from just ordinary coloring sheets. They’ll work on number and color recognition as they color in the page to see the final illustration when they’re finished! As they color, they’ll also work on their fine motor skills, and increase their hand strength. Print this set of printables for a fun and educational way to color!
A great activity that is loaded with 29 pages of fun is ready for you to download and print! These animal do a dot printables will be a hit with your kids. They have a blast dotting the different animal art pages, number pages, letter pages, and more! Grab the dot markers and this set of printables for hours of fun!
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More Animal Ideas For Kids
- Download the monkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by spreading glue over a small section of the monkey outline.
- Use the appropriate colored tissue paper in the section you spread glue over.
- Repeat the previous two steps all over the monkey until it is completely filled.
- Next, take the eyes and glue one on each side of the nose.
- Finish by cutting the bottom portion of the background paper off.