Kids will love punching holes for the giraffe spots. It’s easy to make with the Free Printable Template!
Check out this simple and cool paper giraffe! Kids will love making it. It’s perfect as a preschool zoo craft, elementary craft, an animal School Lesson, or a Zoo themed Birthday Party!
Get the Free Giraffe Printable below and you will be able to make enough giraffe craft supplies for a group of 20 kids (or more!) with about 15 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 Giraffe’s have black tongues? Learn more about Giraffes at NatGeo Kids.
What You Need:
Here’s what you need for your fun Giraffe Craft (This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. Read my disclosure policy for more information):
- Free Giraffe Printable <— Get it Here!
- colored copy paper, colored cardstock, or construction paper
- scissors (good pair)
- craft hole punchers
- glue sticks
- black marker for the face
Step 1: Download and Print the Free Giraffe Template
Download the Free Giraffe Printable. The PDF file contains everything you need to make enough Giraffes to fill the Savannah.
Watch the Giraffe Craft Video or Continue Reading for Step-by-Step Instructions
Step 2: Cut Out the Giraffe Template Shapes
Print the free templates. You will be stapling them to colored paper and cutting out as many shapes as you need.
If you want to make this craft with a group of kids, you can staple the template to up to 10 sheets of copy paper, 5 sheets of cardstock or 6-10 sheets of construction paper.
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 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!
Step 3: Decide if you will pre-punch the holes or leave it for the kids
The fun and cool part about this craft is the layering of the brown and yellow paper. If you have enough hole punchers, it would be great to let the kids punch the holes to make the giraffe spots (see the image below). If not, you may want to punch the holes before bringing this craft to your group event.
If you do not have a hole punch, you also have the option of cutting out multiple brown circles and having the kids glue on the spots. The yellow and brown paper can still be layered for the hooves, horns and nose.
Step 4: How to Assemble your Zoo Animal Craft
The kids will have so much fun putting this giraffe together!
Each child should have three pieces: a brown (back piece), a yellow (front piece) and a tail. They will also need a black crayon or marker to draw on the face and ears. Follow the step-by-step instructions below.
- Punch holes into the yellow piece of the giraffe. Make sure you DO NOT punch holes where the eyes will go. (see image in Step 3)
- Glue the yellow giraffe shape on top of the brown giraffe shape. The brown paper should show through the holes in the yellow paper to make spots. The brown paper will also make the hoofs, nose, and antlers.
- Cut small strips in the tip of the tail to make it look like hair (optional)
- Glue on the brown tail.
- Draw on face and ear details.
- Don’t forget to write your name on the back!
And you’re done!
It took me about 15 minutes to have the supplies for 20 kids. How amazing is that?! Now you’re ready to take your fun giraffe craft to your event. This would be a great craft for a zoo lesson, preschool, elementary school, girl scouts, boy scouts or even a fun party craft.
More Animal Crafts
If you liked this craft, check out some of my other animal crafts.
You might also like my Zoo Activity Pack, full of animal fun for your group of kids:
As always, I try to make my classroom and party crafts fast, easy & inexpensive. Enjoy!