Wildlife and Animal Activities for children
If you’re here, you must love animals, and I bet your kids do too.
We’re the best kind of people, aren’t we?!
Help foster your kids love of wildlife by engaging them in animal activities that get them curious about the scaly, feathery and furry creatures that inhabit our natural world.
And because you like animals, these wildlife activities are going to bring out your wild side too!
Wildlife and Animal Printables
These Animal Yoga Cards will help foster happy, healthy, and nature-connected children while encouraging them to them go a little wild!
If your child has been showing an interest in butterflies lately, why not extend on their interest with these ten top butterfly activities!
Hop by and grab this free bunny nature mask printable and keep your kids occupied with this good old-fashioned Easter activity for kids.
The most adorable printable animal bookmarks including a turtle, seal, koala and ladybug bookmarks. Perfect to mark the page of your next read!
Get your kids stomping and roaring around the backyard with these free dinosaur masks including T Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus!
You will love these kangaroo mask printables, especially if your child likes kangaroos —or if you want to encourage your kids to burn off some energy.
Children seem naturally drawn to helping animals. I always see their caring nature show through when telling a story about an injured animal who came through our wildlife hospital at work. Continue that connection at home by playing vet. Free printable resources available.
When a child is interested in an animal, it’s an invitation for great learning and fun play! Take a look at our journey where we learnt about wombats through play.
Jump, hop, slither and fly like an animal. Don’t forget the noises too! Have some fun finding your inner animal through this wildlife movement dice (free printable).
Just for fun or a special occasion, these add on for paper straws makes for more dramatic drinking. They come as a printable with shark, warthog, snake and lion.
Download this frog mask and hop about the place. Children love acting like frogs.
Wildlife and Animal Crafts
A fun twist on an old favourite. Here’s how to make a caterpillar, echidna/hedgehog and a dinosaur!
Making a life-sized nest out of recycled materials, doesn’t just lend itself to a crafty afternoon but it also stimulates learning through play at its best!
Don’t throw away those puzzles with missing pieces just yet. Recycle them instead! Use the remaining pieces in a craft activity by making them into different types of animals. It’s so easy to set up, yet it really challenges your child (and yourself) to think creatively.
The recycled toilet rolls in our craft bin had been piling up since the twins started toilet training and if I didn’t do something soon, we would be overrun, swimming in a playroom of faintly ocean fresh-scented cardboard rolls. We made nine of them.
Need a craft to use up all those bread clips you’ve been saving.
A fun sorting activity to help build understanding of animal habitats. Arboreal, Terrestrial and Aquatic animals are covered.
There’s so many wonderful things you can create using just playdough and shells.
A wonderful and easy craft to get children practicing their cutting skills and playing with nature at the same time!
You may not be able to afford a large set up with animals but you can make a fun little wildlife themed terrarium instead!
If you’ve ever wanted to give sewing a go, making these animal feet slippers are a nice easy project for you to try. They also encourage animal play in the cutest kind of way! For instructions read more
Have you made fossils using clay yet? This is a fun activity that extends on just making fossils!
If your children are anything like mine, then you probably have heaps of artwork hanging around the house. What do you do with all those toddler paintings though? You make wildlife art!
This is a very basic template to help you make these Animal Bean bags for your children. It’s really simple. Decorate it with some buttons and viola, fun bean bags or even a heat pack for children – animal themed!
This is such an easy and relaxing craft to do with your children. You only need a few items, most of which are readily available around your home.
What gift do you buy a child who loves dinosaurs? Well, there’s plenty of wonderful dinosaur gift ideas out there but I preferred to make my own funky dinosaur gift box and then fill it with dino goodies this year. You can make one just like it!
Make a bat that actually flaps its wings! It looks very real, it’s interactive but most importantly, it’s super fun!
It’s lovely to make crafts out of nature. That’s exactly what we did. Learn how to make this nature spider web too!
Put those colouring pencils down! Today you’ll colour with nature instead! Free printable animal templates to get you started colouring with nature.
Recycle old CDs into beautiful wildlife garden/decoration hangers.
Step by step instructions to make your very own spider web obstacle course.
Toddlers love dinosaurs and having a whole bunch of dino activities up your sleeve is essential. Make dinosaur fossils, play with dinosaurs and get into some paleontologist play!
Learning about wildlife through play is so much fun. Print out these free Australian finger puppets (free printable) and get playing!
We came across some beautiful hand painting by Guido Daniele and couldn’t help but try our own. Check them out, his work is stunning!
Sometimes even TV time can start a month-long process of planning, creating and pretending. We had so much fun creating our underwater land. There were mermaid too!
Who would have thought you could have so much fun with bubbles!
Does your child love to draw animals? Have you encouraged your child to draw from an animal image? Wildlife art isn’t just great fun but by taking the time to analyse a wildlife image first, you can learn a lot about the animals in it before you even put pencil to paper!
Really fun ways to introduce animal classification to children!
Exploratory Wildlife and Animal Activities
Many of us don’t have access to fertile eggs to let our children experience egg candling first hand (including me) so here’s a fun activity that imitates the real thing! .
Hunting for scorpions can be so much fun. Seriously!
If it’s cicada season near you then there’s plenty of opportunities to explore these creatures with your children. Here’s some wonderful tips written by Sarah Higman from Kids Activities Delivered.
Making an animal track plot is a really exciting way to get outdoors, find out about what creatures live near you and to learn animal tracking skills.
If you live in more of a suburban to rural area and have birds a plenty or a regular wildlife visitor to your backyard, building a bird hide is a perfect activity for you and your family.
I try to teach my children that every animal has a role to play and so when we stumble on any creatures, we usually take some time to look at and discuss it. This time though, we have to get a little more hands-on!
It doesn’t take much to encourage our children’s curiosity in nature and wildlife. There are, of course, ways to enhance those curiosities and adding some mostly inexpensive tools to their backpack will help them to get closer to nature and make exciting wildlife discoveries. What’s the essentials?
Giving your child a camera in a wildlife-rich environment (like a zoo or duck park) allows them to explore the wonders of nature around them, focus on animals they hadn’t noticed before and develops wildlife appreciation.
Hunting for antlions can be fascinating and by taking the time to watch them you can learn what they eat, how they capture their prey and how they make their trap. But best of all, you can hold them too!
A fun, simple activity that takes two minutes to prepare but leaves you with an afternoon of bug discovery. Great for all ages.
Many parents will point out a colourful butterfly flitting past on its daily pollination rounds, but moths often fly by unnoticed. Why not attract some moths and see how amazing they can really be?
What food do ants like best? Do this experiment and find out. Free experiment template included.
Have you ever watched a bat colony? You can learn so much about them just by watching them for 30 minutes.
Cloud watching can take five minutes, be done almost anywhere where the sky can be seen and you have right cloud cover and is a great way to use your imagination in nature.
This is a fun egg hunting activity that teaches children about animals that lay eggs and animals that don’t. You can use if any time or keep it for Easter!
Have you ever blind folded your child and let them guess food by using only their taste buds? Here’s a new twist. Can your child taste the food and guess the animal it’s associated with?
If, during play time, your child expresses a desire to help an endangered species, remember that children can inspire great action if given the opportunity!
A nice number of fur, feather and scale activities for children. Animal body covering rubbings, collages and investigation.
This is a play-based and snake friendly way to help teach your children to be snake safe. Don’t scare your children to keep them safe, play with them instead!
We may not be on top of the best smellers list but we can still pretend like we are. Kids can have so much fun smelling what’s in the jar and guessing what animal would eat the food.
Pet wildlife and animal activities
It may appear that I’m suggesting you keep maggots as pets (mealworms do look quite similar) but mealworms are in fact quite different and a very educational companion animal.
Crickets always appear in a hurry, makes beautiful sounds that put you to sleep at night and they’re really fun to watch but there are plenty of other reasons why they make great pets.
Many of us automatically view snails as an annoying little pest that eats our veggie gardens but next time you see one, don’t get out the spray (or organic defenses) just yet, snails make great pets for kids! Why keep snails?
There have been many studies on the positive benefits of children having pets. Find out how having fish as pets can help develop your child.
Deciding between getting worms or chickens? Read this first. I pitched them against each other in the pet stakes, which do you think came out on top?
Learning about amphibians is so interesting. Watching them transform in front of your eyes is even better.
Find out what we thought about Amazing Live Sea Monkeys.
Family Wildlife and Animal Activities
There are plenty of inspiring activities you can do at the beach to get you closer to nature. Are your favourite on the list?
Visiting a wildlife Art Gallery or exhibition is a wonderful way to get your children out of the house and enjoying an activity they
wouldn’t usually explore. Here’s some tips to get the most out of your vis
Visiting the zoo is a wildlife-rich experience for children but believe it or not, there are simple ways you can improve your visit
Do you want your holiday to be filled with nature and wildlife galore? Bring along your keen eyes and the objects below and you’re bound to see more than you expected!
Museums are no longer dead boring with interactive displays becoming more common. Have a look at what we did at our museum.
Sometimes it’s not easy to get out into a wildlife habitat when a child’s interest is piqued. There’s always great alternatives. This is one of these moments where a cave exploration was too hard, unless we did it from home!
Visiting a glow worm cave is a fascinating experience. Firstly, it allows children to get up-close to the little larvae and see them in proportion (I honesty thought they were the size of an earthworm); it encourages wonderful scientific discussions about their glowing butt and it allows children to experience an unusual type of wildlife species.
Animal and Wildlife Food Activities
Great for recognising animal shapes, a nice afternoon tea or party idea plus kids love them!
Want a fun, easy snack for the children. These snail scrolls were a hit!
Here’s an easy way to make spider dessert decorations and as you’ll see below, they can be used in a variety of ways.
Do you need a simple activity that will not only be fun and creative but also fill your kid’s tummies with healthy food?
A fortnightly list of questions that add a bit of animal fun to your child’s lunch box.
Add a little animal fun to your food by adding animal shaped fun to the tops. See how to make these pies by
More wildlife and animal posts
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Nearing World Animal Day, we couldn’t have had a more stunning wildlife experience during our holiday on Moreton Bay. But while out exploring wildlife, we came across a sight that was sad and startling for Miss Possum and I didn’t shield her eyes but instead helped to open them.
Pokémon was a hit with children all over the world. They fell in love with the out-of-this-world creatures and their connections with humans. There’s just one problem. Children know more about Pokémon creatures than our real wildlife species.
This website will engage children in a land of make-believe, allowing them to become a new kind of wild creature by adding their different animal features to a boy or girl body (website review). Read more…
Many people don’t know that feeding bread to ducks is bad for them. Try this healthy recipe instead!
This is a list of some wonderful wildlife Songs. Watch and sing along to them, they may just become your favourites! Are yours on the list? Click here to find out.
So many children can moo like a cow, ssss like a snake and hoot like an owl but not many (if any) can bellow like a koala. Why not watch this video tutorial with your child and give it a go?! Click here to find out how.
More coming soon