World Giraffe Day is coming up on June 21, and what better way to celebrate than to make your own torn paper giraffe craft?
These leggy beauties are known for their unique spot pattern – let your kid’s creativity shine with this easy paper craft, customized with spots in any quantity and placement you like.
If you want to go all-out for World Giraffe Day, you can also try this paper roll giraffe craft – such a nice way to recycle those paper rolls!
Want to learn more about giraffes? Hop over to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and look through their giraffe facts. You will be able to amaze your kids with interesting facts like how giraffes drink water or how tall they are at birth.
Other than ending up with an adorable torn paper giraffe craft for kids, what are the benefits a craft that incorporates tearing paper?
Ripping paper is a great pre-cutting skill for preschoolers. The task activates those small-motor muscles before introducing a scissor.
Both activities – tearing and cutting — utilize the tripod grasp of the thumb and first two fingers.
For a sensory experience, offer your child different types and weights of paper – newsprint, glossy magazine paper, copy paper, construction paper, cardstock, or lightweight cardboard like a cereal box. If your child enjoys the tearing aspect of the craft, make the torn paper penguin craft your next project.
And you can add to your zoo animal craft menagerie with a paper roll panda craft.
Challenge your child!
Repeat the giraffe craft, but in different colors.
What about a white giraffe with rainbow spots?
A large giraffe with big spots?
A small giraffe with small spots?
The sky’s the limit.
For extra enrichment of small-motor skills, color recognition, and size differentiation, sort the spots by color and size before gluing the spots to the giraffes.
For counting practice, ask your child to count the spots.
Torn paper giraffe craft
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- Giraffe craft template
- Cardstock paper: black (for background), yellow and brown
- Brown construction paper
- Black marker
How to make the giraffe craft
The giraffe template comes with two versions:
1. home template – print the template, cut out the patterns and trace them on corresponding paper.
2. classroom template – print the pattern directly on colored paper and cut them out.
This way you can easily craft with just one or two kids as well as with a classroom full of students.
Step by step directions
Start by gluing the yellow neck at the bottom of a black cardstock paper.
Glue small pieces of brown torn paper onto the neck.
Glue the head and muzzle together.
Add the horns at the top of the head.
Glue the ears onto the head, one on each side of the horns.
Use a black marker to draw the mouth.
Glue the head at the top of the neck.