The best animal crafts for children

You’ve done the park, eaten the snacks, knocked down the LEGO, and built a train track… and it’s still only 10.59am! It’s no wonder a day at home with your under-five can feel never-ending. Try these animal crafts to keep busy children sitting still for a little while. The ideas are simple, effective and perfect for kids aged 2-plus.

1. Peacock craft made from pipe cleaners

Peacock craft

What you’ll need: green and blue feathers, green and blue pipe cleaners, yellow card, googly eyes, blue sequin mesh, lolly stick, tape, glue

What to do:

  1. Help your child make loops with the pipe cleaners. Tape the feathers and pipe cleaners into a fan shape on the end of the lolly stick. (It helps to tape the pipe cleaners first and the pipe cleaners on top).
  2. Next, help them to snip a head and body shape from paper. Let them cover it with sequin mesh (you might need to snip off the excess).
  3. Stick on googly eyes and snip a yellow beak to add on.
  4. Finally, they glue the body onto the lolly stick, on top of the feathers and pipe cleaners.

2. How to make a snake with beads

Snake craft

What you’ll need: a long red pipe cleaner, beads, googly eyes

What to do:

  1. Fold one end of the pipe cleaner over and twist to stop the beads coming off.
  2. Ask your child to thread the beads on leaving some pipe cleaner at the end for the tongue. Make sure that the last bead is bigger.
  3. Finish with googly eyes.

3. A jellyfish crafted with pipe cleaners and pompoms

Jellyfish craft

What you’ll need: 6 long and different coloured pipe cleaners, a pompom, googly eyes

What to do:

  1. Loop one pipe cleaner around the pompom like a belt, and twist one end into a loop (so you can hang the jellyfish up.)
  2. Now, your child can thread pipe cleaners through the belt to make tentacles. To make them curly, they just wrap them around a pencil first.
  3. Finally, they can finish the jellyfish with googly eyes.

Why not make a few to hang up in their room?

4. A colourful lion craft made from lolly sticks

Lion craft

What you’ll need: white card, coloured lolly sticks, googly eyes

What to do:

  1. Cut out a circle from white card.
  2. Ask your child to glue the coloured lolly sticks around the card circle to make a mane.
  3. Stick a circle of yellow paper on top. Now, they can stick on two googly eyes and draw a face. Roarsome!

5. Hedgehog craft made from matchsticks

Hedgehog craft

What you’ll need: coloured paper, coloured matchsticks, small pom-pom, googly eye

What to do:

  1. Cut out a hedgehog body shape from coloured paper.
  2. Get your little one to glue lots and lots of matchsticks onto the body.
  3. Finally, ask them to add a pom-pom for a nose and a googly eye. Cute!