Zoo Ideas

For our end of the year field trip this year, we took our kids to the zoo. Earlier in the week we asked each child which animal they wanted to see the most, and then made masks with paper plates, construction paper, and yarn of each child’s animal so that they could wear them at the zoo.

5 Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree

Need: green construction paper, brown construction paper, stamp pad, markers or crayons

Pre-cut “Tree booklets” for children. I used construction paper and 3 patterns stapled together. Type out the rhyme in versus : 5 Little Monkeys swinging in a tree, teasing Mr. Alligator “Can’t Catch Me!” Snap! That Monkey right out of that Tree!)

Each child has a tree book pattern. Ask each child to write the number 5 on the cover, 4 on the next page, 3,2,1,0. (May take extra supervision to be sure the numbers are on the appropriate pages.) Children then make thumbprints on their tree to match the numbers on each page. (5 thumb prints for the 5 on the cover) After all of the thumbprints are made, the children should add arms, legs, tails, and heads. When finished children add each verse to the trunk of each corresponding page.

Five little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree, Teasing Mr. Alligator, “Can’t catch me.” Along comes Mr. Alligator quiet as can be… SNAP! that monkey right out of that tree.

Versus are the same for 4,3,2, and 1

Five Monkeys in a Tree

Read book. As a math activity choose 5 children to be the monkeys. Ask the children to jump like they were on the bed – sing the rhyme that’s in the book – choose a child to fall down – everyone counts how many “monkeys” are left.

Snake in the Grass

need: 3 white pattern snakes as long as the width of the green construction paper, green construction paper, scissors, markers or crayons

each child decorates 3 white snakes to their liking. When finished, children fold green paper like a taco. Cut through crease in paper 3 or 4 times but not all the way through – (so that the children can weave the snakes in and out of the paper) Children weave the snakes in and out of the paper.

Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash

need: book Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, patterns of different types of laundry labeled with letters, numbers, shapes, etc., large fat boa pattern

Children trace and cut boa constrictor pattern on construction paper. Then they choose the wash that their boa ate – if the wash is labeled with letters the children put the letters in alphabetically order, or find the letters in their name. If the wash in labeled with numbers, the children put the wash in numerical order on the snake.


On a large piece of yellow paper, draw the outline of a giraffe, add the eye, mouth, and tail also. Have the children tear shapes from brown construction paper. When they have all of the spots that they want, have them glue on their spots. If they want to cut their giraffe out let them, but you could also just leave it they way it is.