These adorable Rhino Crafts for Kids are perfect for World Rhino Day which is coming up on 22nd September! Perfect for early school goers.
There are some animals that everyone loves like their family, such as cats and dogs. There are those impressive animals from the wild, that we go to zoos or on safaris to see. Then we also have animals that have become a part of modern pop culture, like sloths and llamas. But today, we’re going to talk about an animal that doesn’t believe to any of these categories and which often gets sidelined – the rhino!
Yes, it’s not often that we hear about this magnificent beast, and it’s an animal that quietly minds its own business, enjoying its time out of the spotlight. But when we have World Rhino Day coming up on 22nd September, we think it’s time the rhino gets its share of the limelight!
So what do you know about rhinos, other than the fact that they’re big? If you’re interested in learning more about this amazing creature, you’ve come to the right place because we’ve lined up some adorable rhino crafts for kids – and rhino fans!
10 Adorable Rhino Crafts for Kids
A rhino sounds similar to ‘dino’ doesn’t it? Although the rest of the name is quite different -rhinoceros and dinosaur! The word rhinoceros is a combination of the ancient Greek words for nose and horn – ‘rhino’ and ‘ceros’ respectively. Did you know that a group of rhinos is called a ‘crash’? Wonder who found that out! Be sure to share the fun fact with your friends as you make this fun paper plate rhino from Crafty Morning!
Most animals have several breeds, but there are just five species of rhinos – 2 African and 3 Asian. They have many similarities but one major difference – Asian rhinos are great swimmers, but their African buddies are terrible at it, due to which they stick to the shallow ends!
The two species of African rhinos are black and white rhinos, names which have nothing to do with their color -since they’re both grey! Apparently, the ancient Africans referred to one species as ‘wyd’ due to its wide lips, but the foreign explorers mistook it as white. Since one was white, the other had to be black! Don’t worry, this cute craft from Simple Mom Project is all grey, which is more authentic!
Have you always wanted to draw a rhinoceros? Well, Art Projects for Kids has it sorted for you, with this easy drawing tutorial! Use your drawings to spread awareness about rhinos, especially the Javan rhino which is critically endangered. There are less than 70 of them, and most of them live in Ujung Kulon National Park close to an active volcano, which is an added risk.
You can’t have a list of rhino crafts without including a toilet roll rhino, and we love this one from Jumble Tree! This one is rather small and cute, but in reality, rhinos can be huge! White rhinos are the largest and can weigh up to 3,500 kg – after elephants, they’re the biggest mammals on land!
Rhinos are huge, but they don’t use their size or strength to prey on other animals – they’re 100% vegetarian! The size is still an advantage, though, as it prevents other animals from attacking them. Well, it’s good then that our rhino crafts feature super light projects, like this one from Instructables!
How would you like a rhino of your own? Well, Learn Create Love shows us how to make one, with a free printable! You can be thankful that this rhino doesn’t poop – because that’s how rhinos communicate! Rhinos can smell the poo and urine of other rhinos and they can identify who that is – a rhino’s poop is his calling card!
Yes, rhinos communicate through their poop, but they’re not exactly friendly creatures – they prefer being by themselves. However, they do enjoy the company of Oxpeckers, also known as tick birds. These birds eat the insects on the rhino’s hide, so they’re both happy! You can build your own rhino out of recycled materials and place it in the garden and see what insects get on it! Get all the instructions over at We Know Stuff.
This rhino craft from Hello Wonderful stands out from the other rhino crafts thanks to its beautiful horn made of yarn. Actually, that’s something that we have in common with rhinos – their horns are made of the same protein that constitutes our hair and nails – keratin. A rhino’s horn continues to grow as long as it lives, and can be as long as 150 cm!
eHow shows us how to make a paper mache rhino bust that you can hang on your wall. It beats a real rhino head any day, which is a sad reality since rhinos are extensively poached for their horns. Some cultures view the rhino horn as a status symbol, while others grind it to use in traditional medicines.
I’m sure you’ve learnt some new facts about rhinos with these rhino crafts – and probably been amazed by them! The numbers of rhinos are abysmally low, and unless we spread awareness about this, we may soon find that this great animal gets extinct – and that’s not something we should let happen!