Folding Paper Zoo Animals
|Print out, color, cut out and fold these printable zoo animals into three-dimensional paper figures.||
|1.||Print out any of these Folding Zoo Animals on card stock.|
|2.||Color and cut out the paper animal.|
|3.||You will need to properly crease your paper animal to make it stand upright. First, fold the animal along the middle and unfold.|
|4.||To allow the animal to stand on its legs, fold both sides near the start of the legs inwards. Unfold.|
|5.||Notice the kite-shaped dotted lines on the neck. Fold the neck outwards along the middle line so that it is fully bent back.|
|6.||While keeping the neck folded, starting at the base of the head, fold the head back inward.|
|7.||Unfold. Fold the paper animal again along the middle like in Step 3.|
|8.||While keeping the paper animal folded along the middle, fold along the dotted diagonal line closer to the head. Fold to one side.|
|9.||Then to the other side.|
|10.||Again, keeping the paper animal folded along the middle, fold along the dotted diagonal farther from the head. Likewise, fold to one side.|
|11.||And then to the other side.|
|12.||Unfold. With the creases in place, you are now ready to position your paper animal.|
|13.||Fold the neck outwards again so that it is fully bent back.|
|14.||While pinching the creased triangular area in the neck, push the torso inwards along the middle. This should cause the head to pop up slightly.|
|15.||Starting at the base of the head, fold the head back inward.|
|16.||If your paper animal has a tail, curl it either upwards or downwards.
Place your paper animal on a flat surface to allow it to stand on its legs.
|Once you've crafted one folding animal, making the rest of the herd is a piece of cake! And while you're at it, why not learn some interesting things about these animals? Check out cool animal facts at National Geographic Kids and Animal Planet.|
|Some of the printable folding animals, like the "Big Cat" can be made into different kinds of wild cats, depending on how you color and decorate it. Coloring it light brown or tan can make a lionness. Further gluing on short strips of orange crepe paper all around the back of the head can turn it into a lion.|
|Color the printable big cat black to come up with a black panther. Make spotted wild cats like the leopard, jaguar or cheetah by coloring the animal yellow or light brown and making small black spots. Finger painting or using a Q-tip to paint the dots is a fun idea!
These Big Cat Animal Facts at National Geographic are quite helpful if you're curious about the different kinds of wild cats.
|The printable bear is another one which offers several possibilites. You can make a black bear, brown bear, polar bear, or panda bear, depending on how you color the template.|
|To make a home for your paper animals, check out our Box Zoo and Habitat Diorama crafts.|