37 Amazing Zoo Animal Activities

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Inside: 37 Amazing Zoo Animal Activities for toddlers and preschoolers! From fun sensory activities to adorable crafts to easy boredom busting activities and ideas to get them moving. If you are looking for a way to keep the kids entertained tomorrow these zoo themed activities will fit the bill!

To help you find what you think your toddler or preschooler will love the best, this amazing round of fun and easy zoo activities is broken down into 5 sections.

  1. Sensory Zoo Activities
  2. Learning Zoo Activities
  3. Arts & Craft Zoo Activities
  4. Bordem Busting Zoo Activities
  5. Gross Motor Zoo Activities

Scroll down to find easy ideas to keep your kids busy and learning today!

Can’t visit the zoo at this time? Then check out these amazing virtual zoo trips and zoo animal webcams!

  1. San Diego Zoo Tour – California, US
  2. Smithsonian National Zoo – Washington, US
  3. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Review – Australia
  4. Houston Zoo – Texas, US

Sensory Zoo Ideas

Muddy Zoo Sensory Bin a fun sensory activity using mud (Happy Toddler Playtime)

zoo animals activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Easy Zebra Slime (Fun-A-Day)

Build a Zoo Sensory Bin (Mrs Plemon’s Kindergarten)

Zoo Small World Play (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)

Zoo Mini Sensory Bottle (The Chaos and The Clutter)

Animals of Africa Sensory Bin (All For the Boys)

Zoo Sensory Bin Idea: Exploring Animal Textures (The Moments At Home)

Mini Zoo Theme Rice Sensory Bin (3 Dinosaurs)

Feed the Animals Sensory Bin (Little Ones Learn)


Zoo Playdough Search and Find (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Wash the Zoo Animals (Where Imagination Grows)

Learning Zoo Activities

Alphabet Zoo Sensory Bin (Happy Toddler Playtime)

zoo animals activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Letter Z is for Zoo Toddler Learning Activities (School Time Snippets)

Zoo Animal Counting Activity for Preschoolers (The Educators Spin on It)

Back to the Zoo: Counting Activity for Preschoolers (Happy Toddler Playtime)

zoo animals activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Who Lives in the Zoo Sorting Activity (A Little Pinch of Perfect)

Zoo Animal Size Sorting. (Little Ones Learn)


Arts & Crafts Zoo Activities

10 Quick Zoo Animals Crafts for Preschoolers (The Keeper of Memories)

Cardboard tube giraffe (The Craft Train)

Letter Z Zebra Craft (School Time Snippets)

Monkey Masks Craft (Messy Little Monsters)

This Jungle Thumbprint Animal Art is So Much Fun for Kids–It’s a Whole New Art Form! (Ruffles and Rainbows)

Feed the Lion Number Game (Rainy Day Mum)

Cardboard Tube Hippo Craft – Messy Little Monsters

Lion craft spoon puppet (The Craft Train)

Easy To Make: Paper Plate Lion (3 Dinosaurs)

Handprint Tiger Craft For Kids (Simple Everyday Mom)

Animal Popsicle Puppets: A Fun and Educational Preschool Activity (Lorney and Lennox)

Boredom Busting Zoo Activities

Continents of The World Animal Play (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Rescue the Zoo Animals (Happy Toddler Playtime)

zoo animals activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Designing a Zoo with Kids! (Pink Stripey Socks)

Animal Tape Rescue Activity (Busy Toddler)

Build Your Own Zoo (Pretend Play Activity)

Zoo Elephant Clean Up Activity (Mrs Plemon’s Kindergarten)

Zoo Animal Laundry Basket Rescue (Simply Learning Kids)

Backyard Safari (No Time For Flashcards)

Animal Parade (Busy Toddler)

Gross Motor Zoo Activities

5 African Safari Animals Yoga Poses for Kids (Kids Yoga Stories)

Zoo Animal Movement Cards (Elemnop Kids)

Elephant Stomp Gross Motor Activity (Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails)


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