Zoo Animals for Kids

Kids are fascinated with animals of all kinds. These activities and resources are a great way to teach zoo animals for kids.

On the list below, you will find all sorts of animal activities for preschool. You’ll find facts and resources that will help you teach preschoolers about zoo animals and their habitats.

Whether you’re celebrating National Zoo Lovers Day in April or you’re looking for activities to add to your preschool zoo theme, you’ll love all the activities featuring zoo animals that I’ve shared below.

Zoo Animals for Kids

The activities featured below are perfect for not only National Zoo Lovers Day but also for spring and summer – when many of us incorporate zoo animals into our preschool lessons.

You’ll find books, printables, crafts, and more all featuring zoo animals.

These zoo animals activities are perfect for preschoolers. They’re perfect for both home and classroom use so co-ops can utilize these ideas, as well.


The most obvious way to explore zoo animals is to take a trip to the zoo. If you don’t live near a zoo, you can find a YouTube video to share with your kids.

If you do take a trip to the zoo, print out one or more copies of this fun zoo scavenger hunt for your preschoolers to use. Let them mark off the animals they see.


Of course, you should add a wide variety of zoo books to your unit study. You can read general zoo-themed books, or you can read animal-specific books with your little ones.

Zoo Animal Worksheets

Kids will practice counting a fun variety of zoo animals with these four zoo counting activities! They’re perfect for your math centers!

Learning about zoo animals is so much fun for preschoolers. This I Spy Zoo Animals game is a great way to practice counting with their favorite animals.

Download these free zoo math worksheets which focus on counting, adding and subtracting, and sequencing by attribute.

Zoo Animals Crafts

If your preschoolers love monkeys as much as mine do, they’ll love making this adorable monkey craft.

Little ones will adore turning their handprints into koala bears when they make this handprint koala craft.

Turn a cardboard tube into a precious paper roll giraffe craft for preschoolers.

Your kids are absolutely going to love this fuzzy polar bear craft! You’ll love the secret to the polar bear “fur”!

Preschoolers will love turning empty water bottles into penguins Follow this simple tutorial for a super easy (and oh so cute) water bottle penguin craft!


Zoo animal finger puppets are great for storytelling and imaginative play. 

Print out some patterns and make a set of zoo animals for your felt or flannel board. Kids can act out their favorite zoo stories or their last trip to the zoo. 

Wooden zoo animals are perfect for playtime and story time. 


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