Most days even the calmest of kids needs to unleash a little inner animal. We’ve put together five easy animal craft projects for you and your little critter. Scroll down to see which craft fits your fancy and then go wild!

Forest Friends Maskphoto: Handmade Charlotte

1. Animal Masks
Props to Handmade Charlotte, who came up with this super cute and easy idea for critter-inspired masks. All you need is repurposed paper bags, sharpies, and some imagination to get a house full of wild animals. Click here for all the inspiration you need.

orion rhino craft, photo credit Erin Feherphoto credit: Erin Feher 

2. Rad Rhino Mask
With just a paper plate, some paint, string and glue you can transform your little animal into a fiercely adorable rhino, right in your own home. Click here to get the full how-to.

photo: Melissa Heckscher 

3.Excellent Rhino Horn
If a full-on mask isn’t your jam, try creating a rhino horn for your stompers. With some felt and a glue gun, you’ll be able to perform rhino-plasty in no time. And as an added bonus, if you add a little glitter and another color felt, you can adapt this to a unicorn horn. Get the step-by-step here.

shaddow puppets

photo: Confetti Sunshine

4. Printable Shadow Puppets
Cardstock + straws + glue = some of the cutest shadow puppets you’ve ever seen. If the littles aren’t scissors savvy yet, you can handle that part and then pass the puppets off for coloring. Score the downloadable free printable here.

elephant craftphoto: Amber Guetebier

5. Easy Elephant Ears 
The beauty of this paper craft is that it fits like a headband, so it doesn’t cover the kids face (which means you just might get them to wear them even longer! Photos!). Using any paper materials on hand (we used a cool gift bag) with just a pair of scissors and a bit of glue or tape, it’s so easy and sweet, you’ll have a stampede just to get started. Find out more.

Got an animal craft to share? Write it in the comments below!


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