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Paper Roll Giraffe Craft

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Let’s make some paper roll ZOO animals today. We’ll start with a giraffe family and I’ll come back with some more animals the following weeks. Ready for a paper roll giraffe craft?

Paper roll giraffe craft for preschoolers and older kids

I wanted to make an easy recycled craft that doesn’t use any special tools but instead supplies that most likely you already have in your household. And a giraffe sounded like a nice idea for preschoolers or older kids.

Paper roll giraffe craft: zoo animal craft

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You can pair this craft with a book like “Giraffes can’t dance” or watch the movie “Madagascar“. Maybe your kid has a favorite giraffe stuffed animal toy or she/he loves going to the ZOO and watch the animals. At the Minnesota ZOO you can feed the giraffes. Can you do this at the ZOO in your town?

ZOO animal craft: giraffes

If you plan on making this craft as part of an animal study unit or just for fun, I can tell you this: kids will enjoy it.

And if you’d like to create more with paper rolls, check out our penguin windsocks, this cute bee or our entire collection of paper roll crafts.


Easy paper roll giraffe raft for kids

Paper roll giraffe craft



  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • round cup or plastic container
Paper roll giraffe craft for preschoolers

How to make a paper roll giraffe craft

Start by painting the paper roll yellow. Set it aside to dry completely.

Tear brown paper into small pieces.

brown spots

Once the paint is dry, glue the brown paper pieces randomly onto the paper roll.

Use a round cup or plastic container to trace a circle onto yellow paper. Draw two ears attached to the circles. Cut out the giraffe’s head.


I initially gave the giraffes pointy ears but in the end decided that the parents look better with rounded ears. It’s up to you to choose pointy or round ears for your giraffes.

Use the same round cup or plastic container to draw another circle onto brown paper. Cut out the circle. Draw a curved line at the bottom of the circle to make the snout. Then cut it out.


Glue the snout at the bottom of the head.

Use a black marker to draw the eyes, nostrils and a smile.


Cut out two small strips from the brown paper and glue them onto the head, at the top. These will be the horns.

Glue the head to the top of the paper roll.

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