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Zoo Art

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COLLAGE PICTURES
Provide spotted and striped fabric for zoo animals, Easter basket grass, fur bits, yarn, rope, leather scraps, cotton balls, paper scraps, wiggly eyes, etc. Have your child make a zoo picture using these materials on a piece of poster paper or heavy paper.

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BOX SCULPTURE

Let your child stack or fasten together small boxes for use in making animals. Attach with masking tape. Supply rope or yarn for tails, buttons for eyes, scrap leather or felt scraps for tongues.

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SOCK PUPPETS

Use discarded socks to create various zoo animal puppets. Cut horns, ears, eyes, and spots from colorful construction paper. Staple, glue, or tape them to the socks. For an elephant's trunk, roll the foot of the sock to form the trunk. Use strips of tape to hold the trunk together. Create a brief skit for your child to use his puppet.

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PAPER PLATE LIONS

Color cotton balls by placing them in sandwich bags with yellow powdered tempera and shaking them. Give each student a paper plate and let them add lion manes by pasting the yellow cotton balls on the sides of the plate. Facial features may be added with markers or crayons.

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PLAYDOUGH ANIMALS

Use zoo animal-shaped cookie cutter and playdough to create zoo animals.

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STAND-ALONE ELEPHANT

Fold a 9" x 12" piece of construction paper and cut an arch form the center of the open side. (making the legs) Cut a 6" circle for the head and paste onto the folded paper. Use the little half-circles that you cut from the big piece of paper for the elephant ears. Now cut a 1" x 6" strip for the trunk. Paste all features onto the elephant. Decorate with markers or crayons.

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KANGAROO

Cut kangaroo shapes from brown construction paper, both mama and baby. Attach a square pocket to mama and insert the baby.

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Tina sent in this excellent art activity. Thanks, Tina!

Make animal tracks.

materials: glue, black construction paper, and colored sand

Using their fist and fingertips children try to create an animal track. They dip their fist and fingertips in glue and stamp the black construction paper, then sprinkle with colored sand, excess sand is shaken off into a container to save for another project.

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Heidi sent in this excellent art activity.

Elephant art

You can paint your young childs palm of hand and middle finger with gray/white paint. Then stamp on paper, turn upside down, and you have an elephant head and trunk!

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Dana sent in this excellent art activity.

Stuffed Animal Zoo

1. I send a note home requesting that each child brings a stuffed zoo animal to school.
2. Each student draws a picture of their animal. They write or tell where they think the animal eats, where it lives, and any facts they think they know about their animal.
3. They will each learn where their animal lives, what it eats, and a few other facts.
4. We set up our room as a zoo, with different habitats. Each child is their animal's zoo keeper. We invite other classes to come in and the children tell about their animal.

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Thanks to Jhanaya for this great art activity!

Zebra Stripes

This is a simple activity for children of all ages. You can have the children rip long strips of black construction paper. Then, the children can glue the strips of black paper onto white construction paper.

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