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When the animals at the zoo go on strike, the humans are in for a wild ride! With this fun book, kids will learn all about what happens when creatures big and small decide to take a stand.
To help reinforce the learning, we’ve got some free Animal Strike at the Zoo activities for you that include worksheets and coloring pages!
So grab the book and settle in for some animal strike at the zoo fun! These print-and-go worksheets are perfect for both preschool and kindergarten kiddos.
These free preschool printables require no preparation making them perfect for classroom and homeschool use. You could even use them as part of your library storytime activities.
This 11-page printable is designed for use with preschool and kindergarten students, but it can be used with slightly older students who are looking for an activity to pair with this story.
Animal Strike at the Zoo Read-Aloud
What’s a zookeeper to do when the lions and tigers and bears refuse to roar and prowl and growl? And when little Sue, who has been waiting all year for this trip to the zoo, enters the gate, will the animals decide to give their strike a break?
This simple story is packed full of catchy rhymes and engaging illustrations, and there are many fun lessons you can pull from it to teach your little ones.
If you don’t have a copy of the book in your home or classroom library, you can show this Animal Strike at the Zoo read aloud video for your students before beginning the activities in this pack.
Animal Strike at the Zoo
Animal Strike at the Zoo is a delightful children’s book that offers plenty of opportunities for learning. The story follows the animals at the zoo as they go on strike to protest the unfair treatment they receive from the zookeepers.
Science: There are quite a few science themes you can pull from this story. First, talk about the animals. Can your child name them all? Do they know the sound each animal makes?
Talk about what the animals eat. The elephants are shown eating peanuts. There is a banana beside the monkeys.
What makes the animals unique? Talk about the zebra’s stripes and the giraffe’s long neck.
Math: Have your child count the animals on each two-page spread. Compare the animals. Which is the heaviest? tallest? smallest? etc.
Language: Point out the rhyming words throughout the story. Point out the exclamation mark on the animals’ signs. Share the action words and have your child act them out – scowl like the otters, trumpet like an elephant, etc.
Animal Strike at the Zoo Book Buddy
Students ages 3-6 will love diving into this story. These print and go worksheets will help you extend the learning.
• Color the Animals: Color the animals as they appear in the story.
• Graphing Practice: Create a bar graph by counting the animals and coloring the graph.
• Handwriting Practice: Trace the name of each animal on the page.
• Writing Prompt: Draw and write an answer to the questions “What animal do you like to see at the zoo?”
• Syllables: Name each animal. Clap the syllables. Circle the correct number.
• Beginning Sounds: Name each animal focusing on the beginning sound. Circle the correct letter.
• Reading Practice: Read the name of each animal. Cut and paste the animal in the box with its name.
• Trace and Color: Trace the outline of the penguin and color it.
• Color and Cut: Color the elephant and cut it on the dotted line.
• Dab and Color: Dab the circles with a dot marker and color the picture.
• Color by Number: Use the color code to reveal the mystery picture.
Zoo Activities for Preschoolers
There’s nothing quite like a good zoo book for kids. Not only do they teach important lessons about the natural world, but they’re also just a lot of fun to read.
If you’re looking for a great book about zoo animals for your little ones, here are a few of our favorites.
- Giraffes Can’t Dance – Gerald the giraffe wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.
- How the Zebra Got Its Stripes – As a group of African animals hang out at the local watering hole, they share funny stories about how the zebra got its stripes. At the end of the book, fun facts explain why zebras really have stripes.
- Zoo Animals – As children page through this beautiful book, they will learn the names of many animals they meet at the zoo! Each page offers a short description of the featured animal and its habitat.
If your children enjoyed this worksheet packet, they’ll love these additional zoo-themed worksheets.
- zoo color by number
- zoo animals cut & paste book
- preschool zoo math worksheets
- giraffe handprint craft (free template)
- zoo animal coloring pages
- Zoo vocabulary words for preschoolers
Add some plastic zoo animal figures to your pretend play area for kids to explore. They can use them to act out zoo books or other imaginative play scenarios.
Read Do You Know Hank the Hippo, and let your preschoolers act out the story with an adorable crocheted hippo toy.
Set up a zoo animals sensory bin with this kit! Filled with a mixture of textures, bright and vibrant colors, this kit will let your little one explore for hours.
I’m always looking for new books to create activities for. If you’ve got a book on your wish list that needs printable activities, leave a comment and let me know. I’ll add it to the list!