Cute Paper Lion – Zoo Animal Craft for a Group of Kids

preschool lion craft from crafting Jeannie

Make the supplies for this lion craft for a group of kids, with step-by-step instructions and Free Printable Template!

Check out this simple and cute paper lion! Kids will love making it. Get the Free Paper Lion Printable below and you will be able to make enough supplies for a group of 20 kids (or more!) with about 10 minutes of cutting.

Do you want more Zoo Animal fun? My Zoo Animal Activity Packet will entertain kids for hours. It includes 12 printable activities and 2 craft templates!

Did you know that cave paintings of lions were found in France dated to 17,000 years ago? Read more on Wikipedia.

Here’s What You Need

Here’s your Easy Paper Lion supply list (This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. Read my disclosure policy for more information):

Step 1: Download and Print the Lion Craft Template

Download the Free Paper Lion Printable. You will be stapling the templates to sheets of colored paper and cutting out shapes up to 10 at a time.

lion craft pdf template printable pages
Use the Lion Craft Template to quickly cut out as many shapes as you need.

Step 2: Staple and Cut Out the Lion Shapes

lion craft template ready to cut
Staple the lion craft PDF template to sheets of colored paper to cut out multiple shapes at a time.

Once you have the lion template printed out, staple it to up to 10 sheets of copy paper, 5 sheets of cardstock or 6-10 sheets of construction paper. This way you can cut out multiple shapes at one time.

The face and the nose will need to be separated because they are two different colors.

So, did you know, you can staple together 10 pieces of copy paper and cut out 10 shapes at a time?! That’s my SECRET to fast & easy crafting.

Stapling the paper is very important because it makes sure it doesn’t move as you cut. The more staples the better. Cardstock is the thickest so you may only be able to cut 5 sheets at a time.

Tip: While you’re cutting, if you’ve cut off all parts of the pages that have staples, make sure to re-staple the sheets that are left. Whenever you’re cutting multiple sheets at a time, make sure they are always stapled together!

lion craft pieces

Step 3: How to Assemble

The kids will have so much fun making their paper lion! Watch my quick youtube video to see how to assemble the lion:

I recommend having a lion that is already put together so the children can see what the final version will look like.

  1. start with the yellow body
  2. glue the brown mane onto the yellow body
  3. glue the yellow face on top of the mane
  4. glue on the nose
  5. draw on the face
  6. don’t forget to write your name on the back

And you’re done!!

This is such a fun and simple zoo animal craft for kids. This paper lion is easy enough for preschool, elementary, Scouts or just a fun craft at home idea.

It took me about 10 minutes to have the supplies for 20 kids. How amazing is that?! Now you’re ready to take your Paper Lion craft to your event. This would be a great craft for a zoo lesson, Preschool, Scouts or just a fun school party idea.

More Animal Crafts

If you liked this craft, check out some of our other animal crafts:

As always, I try to make the classroom and party crafts: Fast, Easy & Inexpensive. Enjoy! 

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    6 thoughts on “Cute Paper Lion – Zoo Animal Craft for a Group of Kids”

    1. This is the Best website EVER… just a mom trying to make things happen here. This website is easy to use, easy to download, and free(from what I’ve accessed) .

      Thank you for taking the time and putting in energy to making some things lighter on mamas dying these weird times

      1. Hi Ester,
        So glad you like it! I love that I’m able to help out other Moms. and I’m so glad you found me 🙂 ~Jeannie

    2. Love the crafts. I am a 67 year old mamaw watching a 3 and 1 year old grandchildren. These crafts are a morning activity when I watch them. They love them!!!

      1. Thanks so much for the comment! I’m so excited to hear that your grandchildren enjoy the crafts and that they are a part of your day 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

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