5 Simple Animal Crafts with Paper and Cardboard

When we spend many hours (or even days) without going out because of bad weather, there comes a time when we can’t think of what else to do (watch movies, play games, read). And also, it is easy for both children and parents to lose their nerves. To avoid reaching this situation, it is best that we look for activities that we can all do together and make the most of the time we share at home. Therefore,  below we propose some simple animal crafts with paper, for which you will need very few materials.

1. Origami bird

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If your thing is origami,  this craft is really simple, even for children.


  • 1 square sheet of paper


  1. First, join one end to its opposite and fold.
  2. Then, fold the triangle that has been formed, bringing the base to the middle of the figure.
  3. Turn the paper over and fold one of the triangular layers up, about the middle of the figure.
  4. Next, fold in half, from left to right, and then to the left again, leaving about a centimeter of distance between the folds.
  5.  Turn the paper over again, and fold so that both wings meet.
  6. To finish, you only have to bend one of the side tips to form the head.

2. Simple Animal Crafts: The Lion

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The king of the jungle is very simple to do. And if you dare, you can also make the rest of his family wild .


  • A tube of toilet paper
  • Brown cardboard
  • Orange paint
  • Mobile eyes
  • Marker pen
  • Glue and scissors


  1. To get started, paint the tube completely orange.
  2. Then, for one of the bases, cut out four half circles to form the lion’s legs.
  3. On the cardboard, cut out the mane and glue it to the tube.
  4. Finally, glue the moving eyes and draw the mouth and nose.

3. Paper chain snake

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Without a doubt, this is one of the classic children’s crafts and of all time.


  • 2 cards of different colors
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors and stapler


  1. First, on the cardstock, cut strips of approximately 3 x 15 centimeters.
  2. Then, you will have to form cylinders by stapling them at the same time that you chain them.
  3. Repeat this as many times as you like, depending on how long you want your snake to be.
  4. To finish, cut out a triangular shape for the head, staple it, and draw the eyes.

4. Moving fish

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The grace of this fish is that, when shaking in the hand, the body moves as if it were a real one .


  • Colored folios
  • Mobile eyes
  • Glue and scissors


  1. Place each sheet in a vertical position and cut parallel strips leaving an inch above and below the paper.
  2. Then, fold the paper so that it forms a cone, which will be the body of the fish.
  3. On another sheet of paper, cut out the side fins and the tail.
  4. And finally, hit the rolling eyes on it.

5. Octopus

Source: thechirpingmoms

This is one of the simplest simple animal crafts. Children can do it alone and they will get a very funny figure.


  • Cardboard
  • Mobile eyes
  • Glue and scissors


  1. First, cut out a large circle.
  2. Next, cut out eight long seatposts and glue them to the circle from the back.
  3. You can pass the closed seatposts through each strip so that they curl.
  4. And in the end, glue the moving eyes.

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