Kids are fascinated by animals. Whether they are seeing real animals, reading about them, or doing projects related to animals, kids always seem to be drawn to activities that involve animals. Here you’ll find some of our favorite animal activities for kids. Choose from books about animals, animal crafts, animal sensory play ideas, animal theme games for kids, and even recipes!
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Animal Activities Here on Fantastic Fun and Learning
Animal Book Lists
Penguins – These penguin books are perfect for an arctic animal unit or a fun penguin theme!
Underground Animals – Have your kids ever wanted to know more about the animals who live underground? Now they can with these fun and interactive books!
Animals of Australia – Learn all about the unique species who call Australia their home with these amazing books about animals of Australia.
Pandas – Pandas are unique and unlike your traditional type of bear. Learn all about them with the help of these books!
Animal ABC Books – Use animals to help your kids learn their ABCs with these helpful books.
Animal Crafts for Kids
This Dinosaur Craft is so easy for your kids to make, and will encourage your kids to get creative.
Experiment with symmetry and create this cool Symmetry Butterfly Craft with your kids.
All you need are a few basic materials to put together this Paper Butterfly Invitation to Create.
This Spring Flower Butterfly craft uses fresh flower petals to make a unique piece of art.
Create your own coral reef with your kids using this cool Egg Carton Sea Life craft.
Teach your kids about the letter O and octopuses at the same time with this cool Octopus Letter O Craft.
This fun Lion Mask is perfect for pretend play or even storytelling!
Your kids will love retelling their favorite stories and pretending to be mice with this cool Mouse Mask craft.
This creative Cat Mask requires no sewing and is great for dress up or pretend play.
This Hedgehog Handprint Craft would go great with a unit about hedgehogs, or as a fun craft to do when you read One Snowy Night.
Practice shape recognition with this creative Hen Shape Craft.
This Goat Shape Craft is perfect for a farm theme or to practice the letter G.
This easy Cow Shape Craft is a great way to practice shape recognition and learn about farm animals.
Animal Sensory Play Ideas
Dinosaur Sensory Bin – Create your very own prehistoric dinosaur world using this dinosaur sensory bin activity.
Dinosaur Small Worlds – Create and play with dinosaurs in these fun dinosaur small worlds.
Simple Pond Sensory Play – Create your own simple pond world sensory play and learn about the animals that live there.
Coral Reef Sensory Play – This coral reef sensory play is all about ocean animals and is a fun and interactive way to learn about the big blue sea.
Simple Farm Sensory Play – All you need is one ingredient to do this simple farm sensory play activity.
Farm Small Worlds – Bring the small town farm right into your home with these farm small world activities.
Penguin Sensory Play – Create a fun sensory play activity for your kids this winter with this penguin sensory play activity.
Zoo Theme Sensory Play – These zoo theme sensory play activities are a fun and engaging way to teach your kids about zoo animals.
Edible Zoo Small World – Invite your children to create their own zoo that they can eat with this edible zoo small world activity.
Animal Games and Learning Activities
Add a fun animal twist to the classic game of hide and seek with this Hide and Squeak Game.
Make learning about ladybugs more fun with these cool Ladybug Activities.
Practice sorting animals and retelling stories using this creative Animal Sorting activity.
Learn all about fossils with this Fossil Fun for Kids activity.
This Penguin Math Game is the perfect hands-on way for your kids to learn basic math concepts.
Help your kids learn to count with this Penguin Hop Counting Game.
This unique Bear Cave ABC Game is a great way to teach your kids the alphabet!
Using this Bear Cave Math Game. your kids will learn counting and sorting.
This Feed the Reindeer Counting Game is great for your kids to learn counting and basic math concepts.
These Underground Animal Activities are a fun hands-on way for your kids to learn more about underground animals.
If you’re doing a unit all about underground animals, make sure to grab these Underground Animal Theme Resources for a fun underground animal theme unit for your kids!
Moose Track Cookies These delicious moose track cookies are the perfect treat to enjoy while reading through the book Moose Tracks!
Penguin Snack If you’re looking for a quick and easy snack idea, you can’t go wrong with this penguin snack.
MORE ANIMAL FUN WITH PRINTABLE ANIMAL THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
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