We’ve got the perfect zoo animal crafts to celebrate this Zoo Lovers Day on 8th April! Get ready to learn more about our wild, wild friends!
When we were kids, there were a few places that were guaranteed to make us happy, no matter what mood we were in. They were amusement parks, circuses, and of course, zoos!
Zoos are something that kids of all ages have been enthralled by for generations now. It is an opportunity for them to see in real life, animals that they’ve only seen or read about in books. None of us will forget the first time we saw an elephant or a tiger!
With 8th April being Zoo Lovers Day, we think it will be fun to check out some fun facts about zoos.
Fun Facts about Zoos
- The word ‘zoo’ is actually a shorter form of ‘Zoological Garden’
- Evidence of the first zoo has been found in Egypt
- In Rome, they had different zoos for show and for research
- Even the Louvre housed a zoo under the reign of King Philip VI
- The first modern-day zoo was set up in 1752 at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna
So if you’re wondering how to celebrate Zoo Lovers Day, the best way is to obviously visit your local zoo. If not, you can always have fun with some zoo animal crafts for kids, and we’ve got some of the cutest ones for you!
15 Cute Zoo Animal Crafts for Kids
Let’s start with this list of zoo animal crafts with the king of the zoo – the lion! Since CDs are pretty much obsolete now, you can turn them into other fun crafts, like this cute little lion!
For many people, the main reason for visiting the zoo is to look at the majestic elephants. They love watching how elephants use their trunk to eat and drink, and also throw things around!
Probably the most enjoyable and interactive section of the zoo has to be the monkey area! You can actually stand there for hours and watch their antics, and some zoos also let you feed them.
Is there a bird more gorgeous than the peacock? The answer to that explains the crowd to see the peacocks at a zoo! Most visitors wait with bated breath to see the peacock open its tail and fan those beautiful feathers!
When you’re reading a wild fantasy, it’s only fair that your reading companion is someone who can match the genre! This paper lion bookmark is super easy to make, and kids will enjoy their book all the more!
A hippo’s life seems like the ideal one, right? Relax all day in the water, eat whatever you like, and don’t care about anyone body shaming you – well, it certainly sounds perfect, just like this cute hippo craft!
Tigers are rather elusive to spot at a zoo, but if you do catch sight of one, consider yourself lucky! India’s national animal is a graceful creature that is a sight to behold, and people are often left spellbound!
Monkeys are great to play with – or have as a reading partner! These paper monkey bookmarks will encourage young kids to read more, and they’ll always have a smile on their faces whenever they open their books.
Have you ever wondered how a giraffe drinks water? Or how it tends to its young? Well, you can get the answers to these questions when you visit the zoo and see a giraffe do all this live!
If you’d like all your zoo animal crafts in one spot – this is the place! We have printables for paper crowns featuring all your favorite zoo animals, and all you need to do is to download and print!
The Blue Elephant may be a movie that was released many years ago, but this blue elephant is one you can make brand new! All you need is an old CD and some blue felt, and you’re set!
It is believed that a peacock dances whenever it is about to rain, and if you haven’t seen it, no problem – we have a craft here where you can make your very own dancing or rocking peacock!
13. Zebra CD Craft
A tiger’s stripes aren’t the only ones you’ll see in our list of zoo animal crafts – you can also see the animal after whom the zebra crossing is named! Have fun learning about zebras as you make this cute zebra craft out of an old CD.
They say that a leopard can’t change its spots, but this is one leopard that you can spot any way you like! This is probably the easiest of these zoo animal crafts and even young kids can get busy with it.
If you love zebras, here’s the perfect craft to express your affection – with a heart! Learn how you can turn a heart shape into a zebra – it’s quite clever!
We hope these zoo animal crafts will keep you busy this week, and will also encourage kids to learn a little more about these animals. Choose your favorite zoo animal, make the craft and find out some fun facts about it!