Folded Paper Animals

Earlier in the day we had enjoyed a wander at the zoo--what fun to come home and see which of our favorites we could make!

  1. Ages: 3 - 7

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Construction paper is the perfect weight for this craft!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Madeleine drew the giraffe, drawing the jaw and face on top of the ears, so that it could be folded...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    then down the neck, and out to the legs (an 'h' shape)...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    then cut it all out, and colored the spots.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    We bent down the head, and she drew on the face.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    One of our favorite parts of our zoo is the polar bear... we must have one! And a crocodile! With teeth!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    To add more dimension to the animals, we cut slits at the top of the fold, and added in pieces: ears... eyes...and a horn for the rhino.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    You could add ears this way for an elephant, or a mane for a lion!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Done!

    What other fabulous creatures can be made? An elephant? Lizards? How about a camel!?!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

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