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Animal Crafts For Kids

Updated on January 5, 2015

Animal Crafts for Kids

A selection of delightful animal crafts for kids ranging from those suitable for preschoolers to more complicated crafts for older kids.

These activities will be a lot of fun for children. These crafts will help teach fine motor skills as they color, cut, paste, thread, and position beads and stickers. They will also learn about different animals in a fun way which will be helpful for science and geography. Many of these animals will make great gifts or decorations for various holidays throughout the year.

Many of the crafts on these pages are printable - simply download the file / picture and print it out on your printer. Most of these will then require cutting, folding, and pasting. Others will require some extra materials which you probably have on hand, such as paper plates, empty toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, paper bags etc. For some of these crafts you will need to have access to special supplies, such as chenille stems, pompoms, foam shapes, craft sticks etc.

My own photo - cute giraffe with a bendy straw for his neck made by my children. Here is a pattern if you'd like to make your own.

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seahorse fuse bead patternblank fuse bead square template for other projectsblank fuse bead hexagon template for other projects
seahorse fuse bead pattern
seahorse fuse bead pattern | Source
blank fuse bead square template for other projects
blank fuse bead square template for other projects | Source
blank fuse bead hexagon template for other projects
blank fuse bead hexagon template for other projects | Source

Fun Animal Crafts

On this site you'll find a selection of animal perler bead (AKA fuse bead and hama bead) patterns. There are pets, farm animals, wild animals, birds, dinosaurs, and marine creatures to choose from.

The really fun thing is that these patterns can be used for a lot more crafts than just fuse bead projects. The square designs can be used as cross stitch patterns or you could print out some graph paper and get the children to color in the squares or stick colored stickers in the squares according to the pattern. I am also including some templates on the right which you can download and print out then use to color or add colored stickers. Just click on the thumbnails above the seahorse to see them.

Perler Bead Pet Parade

Pet Parade Value Gift Box
Pet Parade Value Gift Box

The patterns in the website above use the standard geometric pegboards, but this kit comes with some specially shaped animal boards - a dog, horse, cut, fish, and tortoise. You also get thousands of beads so that you can make quite a few projects.

Loads of fun for 6 to 10 year old children (and even older!).


Turtle Crafts

Here's a really cute idea for kids to make. Simply purchase this printable turtle lollipop holder (comes in in three colors), print out the page, cut out the shapes, fold and insert a lollipop. These make lovely party favors or quick and easy Christmas or Valentine's Day gifts for the class.

More Printable Animals Crafts

This page is crammed full of different animal crafts suitable for preschoolers and young kids. Many of the crafts are printable – print out the page of body parts (eg for the elephant, there are ears, eyes, legs, a head, body, trunk, and tail). You then color or paint the sections, let them dry, cut them out, and glue them onto a piece of paper. The animals have been sorted into the following categories:

  • swimming creatures (fish, dolphins, turtles and whales)
  • shells and tentacles (eg crabs, jellyfish, octopus)
  • other water dwellers (eg beaver, otter, platypus)
  • reptiles and amphibians (eg alligator, chameleon, frogs, komodo dragon, snakes)
  • dinosaurs (eg stegosaurus, triceratops, tyranosaurus rex)
  • pets (eg rabbits, cats, dogs, hamster)
  • farm animals (eg cows, goat, horse, pig, sheep, donkey)
  • zoo animals (eg elephants, big cats, bears, pandas, gorillas, giraffes, monkeys)
  • other mammals (eg armadillo, camel, hedgehog, koala, llama, meerkat, rhino, skunk, yak)

Animal Crafts using a Variety of Materials

The animal crafts on this website are suitable for little children. They are made using easily available materials. You'll find the following groups: birds, farm animals, insects, ocean animals, reptile and amphibians, zoo / safari animals, dinosaurs, and rabbits.

This page contains a nice variety of different animals, mostly suitable for younger children. You can either choose by the creature's habitat (Australian, desert, farm, forest, jungle / rain forest, ocean, pets) or by the type of animal (bird, fish, insects, mammals, amphibians and reptiles). Many of the crafts here only require supplies which are readily available (eg paper, glue, egg cartons, paper plates, cardboard tubes), and not specialized equipment.

Animal Mosaics Kit

Sticky Mosaics Kit - Pets
Sticky Mosaics Kit - Pets
My First Sticky Mosaics Pets
My First Sticky Mosaics Pets

This popular kit includes five pictures - a fish, cat, rabbit, dog, and bird with a butterfly. It contains durable sticky foam shapes (squares, triangles, and circles) in different colors for the child to stick onto the base picture. Perfect for young children to help them learn their shapes and colors, and also exercise fine motor control.


Printable Paper Animals Models

You'll finds a huge number of printable models here (and on the following pages). Many of these are quite complex and intricate with several pages to print for each model (suitable for older children, teens, or adults), but some, like the zebra, giraffe, and rabbit on the last page, are a bit easier, requiring only one printable page.

Farm Animal Collage Kit

ALEX Toys Little Hands My Collage Farm
ALEX Toys Little Hands My Collage Farm

A cute kit for 2 to 5 year olds. This kit includes four farm animal cut outs (sheep, pig, cow, and chicken), glue stick, picture instructions, and a variety of fun supplies to stick on such as feathers, wiggly eyes, buttons, stickers, crepe paper, tissue paper, and ribbons.

This is an aware-winning, highly rated craft set for preschoolers, but several of the reviews indicated that the glue stick and the crayons were not the best quality. So you may wish to supplement with your own.


Printable Split Pin Animal Crafts

Most of the crafts on this page are free. There are split pin animals available as a pre-colored download, or in black and white for the child to color. Once you have printed, colored, and cut out each element, they are put together with split pins so that the creature can move its legs, head, and tail. Fun!

Bird Crafts

bird crafts
bird crafts

Bird Crafts for All Ages

Dozens of bird crafts for all ages - preschoolers to adult. Find chicken crafts, dove crafts, owl crafts and more.

How do you plan to use these animal crafts?

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      chat2vishakha 4 years ago

      Very informative post.I really enjoyed the collection animal crafts.Thanks for sharing.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      @anonymous: Found it! I had to use the wayback machine. I've put it in the giraffe section for you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can I find the Giraffe craft you have shown above. Searched, could not find.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      @anonymous: Hehe. Well spotted jamiaca. A lens is what we here at Squidoo call our pages. Let me know if you end up making the bunny :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i wish i could make the felt bunny and what is the lens everyone is talking about?

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      What a wealth of information about crafting with kids. Thanks for sharing.

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      milaniki 5 years ago

      useful links. Great lens

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      Nyathearai 5 years ago

      This lens is absolutely magic. I'll be coming back again and again. THanks so much for sharing!

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      nickybutler 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, so many good ideas!

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      funbee lm 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this collection of animals crafts!

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Tons of great ideas! Wonderful lens.

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      BoredAtHomeinfo 5 years ago

      What a great site. This has given me so many ideas. Thanks

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      jholland 5 years ago

      My 3 year old and her cousins will love these craft ideas.

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      glutenallergy 5 years ago

      These are great! My youngest would love the pig craft ideas (she's crazy about pigs). Very nice lens!

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      NicoleDean 5 years ago

      What an awesome and amazing list of crafts! I absolutely love the giraffe at the very top! Great job on the lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My son and I will do it.

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      intermarks 6 years ago

      I can use these idea to teach my kids. Thanks!

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      perrybenard 6 years ago

      i'm sure we can find loads to do with my children we are always doing something

      great lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Our grandchildren love crafts! Thank you for all the super resources!

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      So many cute animals! Now trying to decide where to start will be another story!

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      SquidooRocks55 6 years ago

      Wow, these look great. I'll have to try some with my kids this weekend.

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      These are so much fun!

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      Super fun animal crafts. Great lens, blessings. Congrats on So Crafty.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      That's clever, a straw for the neck of a giraffe! These are great ideas for class activities.

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      Boradryn 6 years ago

      I think with a four year old and a three year old, I think I can find some use for these craft ideas. *grins*

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      ScareYouDiva 6 years ago

      So much great info here! I'll definitely be looking for ideas the next time my nephews come over.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this dinosoar is really cool!

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      cerezo 6 years ago

      Great site for mi kids, thank's

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My goodness! You must have put tons of time into accumulating these resources and this lovely presentation of ideas for animal crafts! Excellent work.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Fabulous animal craft resource! Now, to just have the time, who needs kids :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      This is a great lens. Thanks for making it. Very informative. I gave you a thumbs up

      cause I like your lens.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i do. my daughter will love them. thank you.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I can see you put a lot of work into this resource and can see how helpful it would be to someone who was looking for sources for these crafts.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! great lens of links, but was hoping to have found Animal crafts ideas will check out some of the links...thanks for sharing