Posts tagged ‘zoo craft’

We’re going to the zoo…

Well we’re not really but today I found myself unexpectedly at home when I was supposed to work and without a car and I had nothing planned for today and couldn’t get inspiration so I decided we needed more animals for our zoo.

I stuck on baby genius goes to the san diego zoo while I got ready (shower, computer browing time etc) and we decided what animals we wanted. Alexander got a hippo and a monkey, Emily wanted a giraffe and elephant. I went to DLTK to get more Toilet Paper Roll animal templates.

I also found this link to some Fingerprint Giraffes. I tweaked it a little. I decided the giraffe’s head looked like a foot so I found some yellow card, traced around Alexander’s foot and Emily’s foot and cut them out. I folded the remaining half of the A4 sheet in half and cut it down for the long neck.

We headed outside to enjoy the sunshine.

They then painted the templates which had mixed results – making it nearly impossible for me to find the lines to cut out which is why the hippo face and legs are in white as I reprinted it. I did debate getting them to use crayons and making them do life like colours and then I thought colour doesn’t hurt, they can make the animals any colour they want.

Alexander liked making dots on the giraffe’s body parts but Emily just wanted to paint, whether with brushes or with her fingers. But that’s ok.

Kids painting

Only got Alexander dotting his giraffe

While we waited for the paint to dry the kids rode their bikes. Well actually Alexander rode Emily’s bike with training wheels and Emily was on her three wheeler…

So while the paint dried they rode, then while they rode mum quickly cut stuff out and then the glue came out and the eyes came out and Emily tipped the eyes everywhere!

So no photos of putting things together but here are the finished products.

Here are three finished animals, the monkey was hiding somewhere. The lid of our shoebox is the open air enclosure at the zoo. The giraffe’s legs are on wonky but she is only 2 and I didn’t micromanage like I often do.

Lunch was sort of themed. I striped the bread into vegemite stripes, scooped out some avocado and called it grass and chopped up a boiled egg and called it lion heads. Gave my daughter a toothpick to pick up her avocado and she ate away! Alexander scraped the avocado skin clean.

There you go, holidays next week and we’re going away, hopefully that will inspire the children and me for the theme for the following week.


September 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Z is for . . .

So the letter of today was Z for Zebra and Zoo….. we left it at those two.

So for lunch we had Zebra sandwiches – I made stripes with vegemite. We had a lovely day today so we ended up having a picnic at the beach and a play at the park for our lunch today so only one photo but it is on my mobile and not of the actual striped sandwich.

My ideas for today’s craft came from a variety of sites.

DLTK has the template and instructions to make the Toilet Paper Roll Zebra Very similar to the yellow yak we made last week. (On that note we were reading Dr Seuss’ A B C and he had a yellow yak).

No Time for Flash Cards gave me the idea of the stickers decorating the letter Z. That is found here

Kid’s Craft Weekly gave me the Zebra outline. I wanted to use the idea of striping with the side of a popsicle stick or a washer on a pencil or use a marble but I realised the only black paint we had was watercolour so Emily did a little striping with that but another site (I am sorry I cannot remember which one) had the idea of cutting strips of black paper and getting the children to glue it on. So I did that.

I had a shoebox and was planning on making a zoo in it and I found this site which suggested straws for the bars. Looking at the photo I think our zebras needs to be in a free range zoo. Poor things, they don’t look happy. Emily’s definetly wasn’t happy until Alexander finished his and they had each other for company.

Here are the finished results… I was doing a few other things (mopping floors, getting dinner ready etc) while they were crafting so I didn’t get pictures of them making their craft.

and last but not least

Today we also read

ABC by Dr Seuss
Naughty(Little Zeb) by Caroline Castle about a naughty little zebra
1 2 3 Zoo by Eric Carle

Our favourite Zoo book is Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

And now our day is done.

Oh here is one more site with ideas for zoo crafts for preschoolers

September 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

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