Animal Activities for PreK and Kindergarten

Its a jungle out there! Here are some fun animal activities to use in your classroom or at home!

Three Little Pigs – Story Retelling Craftivity

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For this Three Little Pigs crafticity, kids create their own re-telling puppets and houses out of construction paper and popsicle sticks, then play with their creations.

See the pictures below for inspiration & follow the instructions to get started with your own home or classroom set!

Materials

  • Construction Paper
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Make Three Little Pigs Puppets.

Cut circles out of pink construction paper to make each pig’s face and body.

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Add rectangles for legs. Add Eyes, Ears, and a Curly tails made out of a thin strip of curled construction paper to each puppet. Tape a Popsicle stick to the back of each puppet.

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Draw pupils, nostrils,  and mouths with a black marker.

 

2. Make The Big Bad Wolf Puppet.

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3. Make The Three Little Pigs’ houses.

Take a piece of yellow construction paper and cut out a window and a door.  Decorate  it with an orange markers so it looks like a straw house.

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Use a piece of brown construction paper to make a house made of sticks.  Add details with a brown marker.

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Create a house made of bricks.  Cut out a chimney, and draw on bricks with a red marker. Add a door knob and shutters with a black marker.

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4. Retell & Play

Kids introduce the characters to the set and play by arranging the puppets and houses in different positions.

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf Puppets

 

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Kids re-telling the story of The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf in the classroom.

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Printable Cat Template – Cute, Fat, and Rolly

These fat cats are cute no matter how you glue them together! And they are super easy to make so they’re the perfect cutting and gluing activity for kids in pre-school and kindergarten.

Just download and print the free printable cat template. Then color, cut and paste!

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You will need

1. Download and print the the cat template*.  *See thumbnail to the right—>cat-template-thumbnail

2. Kids cut out the different shapes.

3. Kids color the pieces with markers or crayons.

3. Kids glue the pieces together to finish their unique and awesome fat cat!

Every child will put their cat template together differently.  I love doing this activity with my kids because its so easy, and at the same time it reinforces cutting skills.  After we are done, I display each child’s work around the classroom.

You could also attach a straw or a popsicle stick to the back of the cat with tape to make a cute cat puppet that kids will love!

 

If you are interested in this craft, you might also like:

Black Cat Craft – A 3D paper cat that can be a puppet or hang on the wall.

Cat Puppet – An easy printable cat template craft.  Just print out, cut, and color, then add a straw or popsicle stick to make a puppet.

Cat House Drawing – An easy drawing of a house filled with lots and lots of cats!

 

 

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The Cat Came Back Song Lyrics

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Old Mister Johnson had troubles of his own
He had a yellow cat that just wouldn’t leave his home
He tried and he tried to give the cat away,
He gave it to a man going far, far away.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, they thought he was a goner
But the cat came back, it just wouldn’t stay away!

The man around the corner swore he’d kill the cat on sight,
He loaded his supplies of heavy nails and dynamite
He waited and he waited for the cat to come around,
Ninety seven pieces of the man is all they ever found!

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, they thought he was a goner
But the cat came back, it just wouldn’t stay away!

He gave it to a man going up in a balloon,
He told him for to take it to the man up in the moon.
The balloon came down,  deflated, about ninety miles away,
And where the man is now, well I dare not say.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, they thought he was a goner
But the cat came back, it just wouldn’t stay away!

Now the cat was a possessor of a family of its own,
With seven little kittens, ’till there came a cyclone;
It blew the houses all apart and tossed the cat around,
The air was full of kittens, and not a one was ever found!

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, they thought he was a goner
But the cat came back,  it just wouldn’t stay away!

The cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, they thought he was a goner
But the cat came back, it just wouldn’t stay away!

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Shark Crafts for Kids

During our ocean unit, we spend a little time learning about sharks and make a few easy shark crafts. Sharks can be kind of scary but these crafts are mostly on the cute side.

Here’s a list of my favorite easy shark crafts for kids.

#1. Make These Paper Plate Sharks
You can make these little sharks out of paper plates. Here’s how:

Cut out a red circle for the inside of the mouth, triangles for the teeth, and half-ovals for the eyes.

Fold the bottom part and staple or tape the eyes in place and use a marker to color the dark part of the eyes.

For the back fin, cut a paper plate in half and fold the bottom edges so it can be attached with staples or tape.

shark craft with paper plates

Image Credits: http://www.pupperoos.com/?page_id=388
#2. Make Paper Plate Shark Jaws
The shark jaws are just a little creepy! Fold and cut paper plates in a jagged line and around the outside to create some realistic shark jaws!

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Source: Dollar Store Crafts Paper Plate Shark Jaws
#3. Create A Recycled Paper Towel Roll Shark
Reuse paper towel rolls to make this shark craft.  Cut out a triangle from one opening on the cardboard roll.  This will make 2 triangles.  Glue one to the back and one to the top to make the fins.  Paint the whole thing blue.  Add some small triangles cut from white paper to make the teeth, and glue into place.  Add google eyes and paint on some gills to complete your shark craft!

shark craft toilet paper roll

Source: jennwa.blogspot.com/2008/06/toilet-paper-shark.html
#4. Color These Realistic Shark Coloring Pages
Here is a realistic looking shark coloring page that you can download for free. Click the picture below for the full-sized image)

 

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Source: http://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Tiger-Shark-Coloring-Pages.jpg

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Source: http://coloringkids.org/wp-content/uploads/shark-coloring-pages-7.jpg

Cartoon Shark Coloring Page

Here is a cartoon shark that would make a good puppet. Color and cut around the edge of the image.  Tape a popsicle stick to the back.  Use one of the images above to make a more realistic shark puppet.

 

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Source: http://discoverykids.com/img/images/Shark-1.jpg

#5. Create A Paper Plate Shark

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You can make this paper plate shark craft with some paint and craft foam. Visit Craft-Crafted.com for detailed instructions.

 

#6. Make A Cupcake Liner Shark

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Follow these directions on IHeartCraftyThings.com to make this shark craft out of cupcake liners.  http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/04/cupcake-liner-shark-kids-craft.html

#7. Make A Shark Fin Hat to Wear

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Make a shark fin hat out of blue or grey construction paper and pretend you are a shark. So fun if you are a kid!

Full instructions on GluesticksAndGumdrops.com.

#8. Create a Newspaper Shark

newspaper shark craft

Kids can make this shark craft with some newspaper, construction paper google eyes, & a little glue.  SourceNewspaper Shark Craft by I Heart Crafty Things.

#9 Make this Balancing Paper Plate Shark

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This paper plate sharp balances on his own. Artsy Momma has the full instructions here: Paper Plate Shark by Artsy Momma

#10 Make A Popsicle Stick Shark

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This activity is all about sharks and shapes! Glue popsicles into a triangle shape, then paint them grey.  Attach grey paper fins, tail, and body. Finally, add white foam or paper teeth and a google eye.  Find the original instructions here: Glued To My Craft’s Blog Triangle Shark Craft.

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Click here to visit my Ocean Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for a collection of underwater inspired activities. I put shark activities I find here, as well as other sea life and ocean crafts and activities  —->

If you liked these crafts, you might like the Baby Shark Song: Lyrics, Movements,  and Music Videos.

Baby Shark is a fun shark song & movement activity!  Dance and have a shark-themed sing-along!

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