Zoo Animals Themed Activities

The Zoo Animals Themed Activities were a hit with all involved – learning about African animals, drawing 2D shapes, building animal homes, making a lion vegetable platter and eating it, making giraffes out of handprints and creating animal masks.

Zoo Animals Themed Activities

Zoo Animals Themed Free Lesson Plan
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Creative Space

Play dough, stamps, scissors, lacing beads and cards, puzzles and blocks are set out for the children to choose from, and get creative during this 30 minute period.

Zoo animals themed activities

Zoo Animals Themed Circle Time

Every day during Circle Time we do the morning routine, which includes the Calendar and ‘Number, Color, Shape and Letter of the week’. We then read a story, sing a few songs and do a group activity.

On every Monday we change the ‘Classroom Helpers’ Classroom Jobs. Each child has a name card on a popsicle stick, and they get to choose their job of the week.


Zoo Animals Themed Circle Time Activities

Activity 1: Weekend News

Every Monday morning each child gets a chance to talk about their weekend and what they did. The children then draw a picture in the ‘weekend news’ journal, and the teacher writes down what they have said.

Pre-K Journal
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Activity 2: Guess the animal sound game

Watch the video above and let the children guess all the animal sounds

Activity 3: Animals Movement Cards

Zoo animals themed activities
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Print out and laminate the movement cards. Show the children the cards and let them copy the movements.

Activity 4: Word & Picture cards match

Zoo animals themed activities
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Print out and laminate the cards. Stick all the picture cards on a wall or on the whiteboard. Ask children what the beginning sound of each animal word is. Write these next to the animal cards. Show the children the word cards and ask them to match these to the picture cards.

Activity 5: Virtual Zoo field-trip

Visit the zoo and learn all about the zoo animals in this 25 minutes virtual tour with Blippy.


Zoo Animals Themed Songs

Fifteen action songs and rhymes all about Zoo Animals to get those bodies moving and grooving. Click on the image to head over to the post.

Zoo animals themed activities for PreK


Zoo Animals Themed Books

Twenty-six of the best story picture books that are perfect for a theme all about Zoo Animals. Click on the image below to read what these books are about.

Zoo animals themed books


Zoo Animals Themed Literacy Activities

Handa’s Surprise EMERGENT READER

Handa's Surprise Emergent Reader
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Handa wants to surprise Akeyo, her friend, and decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her. Akeyo lives in the neighboring village. But as Handa wanders along, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa’s basket, which she’s carrying on her head… When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend?

The Handa’s surprise emergent reader will help your little learners develop sequencing skills while learning about all the exotic animals and fruits of Kenya. It will also help children with identifying words from their beginning and ending sounds.

Handa's Surprise Emergent Reader
Handa’s Surprise Emergent Reader

What you need:

  • Handa’s Surprisse Emergent Reader (assembled beforehand)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloring Pencils/ Crayons

How to use this resource:

After reading the book, or watching the animated read-aloud on YouTube here, discuss the setting and the characters of the story. Where does Handa live? What is her friends name? Which animals did she come across? Which fruit did each animal take? How did she get tangerines in the basket? Do the children think they can carry a basket of fruit on their heads?

Get the printable story props over at KizClub.com for free!

Handas surprise Activities

Print, cut and laminate the story props and use these to re-tell the story. Hand out the pictures of the animals and the fruit to the children and ask them to bring it to the front and to stick it on the board as the story is being told.

Now hand out the activity sheets with the words on and ask children to cut these out. Write all the names of the animals and the fruits on the board and ask the children which letter each animal word begins with.

Hand out the emergent readers and go through it page by page with the children. Ask the children which animal Handa came across first. Which sound does this animals name begin with? Can they find the word that begins with that letter? Which fruit did the animal take? What sound does the fruit begin with?

Children paste the words in the correct spaces. Some children will want to write the words by themselves, instead of pasting.

Handas surprise
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Center 1: Beginning Sounds

Zoo animals themed activities
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Print and laminate the sheets. Place on magnetic white boards. Children use magnetic letters to match the correct beginning sound with each animal.

Center 2: Bingo

Zoo animals themed activities

Print and laminate all the cards. There are two sets. One set has only pictures on and one set only words. Use as differentiation activity. Mix and match and have fun! 


Zoo Animals Themed Math Activities

Center 1: Graph the Animals Center

Zoo animals themed activities

Print and laminate or copy the black & white version! There are two sets. The first one goes up to 15 and the second one up to 10. Great for differentiation. Children count all the animals on the picture sheet. They then color the blocks on the graph and fill out the recording sheet using whiteboard markers.

Center 2: Roll & Write Center

Print and laminate the color sheets for re-use or simply copy the black and white sheet if you prefer to send it home with your children. Children roll a dice and write the number it landed on in the first block. Continue until all blocks are full. Further advanced children can roll 2 or even 3 dice at a time.

Zoo animals themed activities
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Center 3: Roll & Draw 2D Shapes Center

This center has two sets. One for practicing writing numerals and the other one to practice identifying shape names and drawing these. Print and laminate the color sheets for re-use or simply copy the black and white sheet if you prefer to send it home with your children. Children roll a dice and write the number it landed on in the first block. Continue until all blocks are full. Further advanced children can roll 2 or even 3 dice at a time.

2D shapes activities
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Zoo Animals Themed Art

I found this super cute zoo animal masks over at firstpallete.com. Click on the image to head over to their blog for full instructions on creating tiger, zebra, elephant, bear, giraffe, lion & leopard masks.

Zoo animals themed art


Zoo Animals Themed Science: Animal Habitats

We did not have enough time this week to try out this awesome activity, but you can head over to notimeforflashcards.com for detailed instruction and to get the free printable habitat sorting mats 🙂

Animals themed activities
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STEM: Zoo themed STEM challenge

I got the fantastic idea for this activity over at sarajcreations.com. Click on the image to head over to their blog for the full instructions and to download the free printable Challenge Cards..


Zoo Animals Themed Snack Idea

I found the idea for this healthy lion vegetable tray at eatingrichly.com. You will need hummus, carrots, red & yellow peppers and olives. Put these all together as seen in the picture, and enjoy!

Zoo Animals themed activities


Click on the images below to download the Zoo Animals Themed Math & Literacy Centers, Printables and Activities.

Zoo animals themed actiivities

That’s it for this week. I hope you and your kiddos enjoyed all the activities and that we will see you back next week.

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