pop up paper zoo download

Back in September I wrote about how we made a Pop-Up Paper ZooThis is one of my favorite posts because the project is child-directed and it can lead to imagination-building and experimentation.

At the end of the post, I asked if anyone would like to have a PDF template so you could make these yourself. There were some “yeses” in the room, and I have to apologize for taking so long to follow up on this promise.

Of course, you may find it’s easy enough to draw your own animals (I know ours were less-than-perfect, but my 3-year old didn’t mind a bit), but sometimes it’s nice to have the heavy-lifting taken care of.

pop up zoo elephant

I drafted up an elephant and a giraffe to get you started. I tried to make these nice enough that you could use them for a classroom, playgroup, or gift them to a friend. To make more animals you could download a free animal font such as this one from Swiss Miss, find your favorite animal/s, and adjust your font size to the size you want the animal to be. And then you’d want to trace it or use it as a template. Oh, and keep in mind that printing these on CARDSTOCK will give you the best results.

What do you think? I received good feedback on the DIY Paper Bag Book PDF that I shared earlier this week, so maybe this is a new direction for me?

Okie doke, that’s it…You can download the 2-page FREE PDF here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and how (and if) you could use something like this. Do you print my posts for homeschooling? Do you like to print your favorite projects from your favorite blogs? Are you purely digital, and printing never happens in your home?


  1. How cute!  I’m going to download this for my 4yr old and 19 month old.  They both love animals and coloring.

    • That’s great to hear, @2a8755242570303dc3f7b2c3814fe69e:disqus ! Thanks for the nice comment. I’d love to hear what your kids think after you play with this.

  2. These are really cute- Love this and the book idea you posted earlier. Thank you for sharing, and for you time and efforts 🙂

    • Thanks so much, @twitter-278131050:disqus ! It’s totally my pleasure and I’m glad to help where I can.

  3. I absolutely love this!  my kids are big time coloring kids… but they do not like coloring books… and they usually don’t like a blank sheet of paper either 😉 they are always asking me to draw out-lines or draw with them… These pop-up animals look wonderful!  I will print them!  and then I’m guessing I’ll create some more myself.  Thanks!

    Robyn @ Pen Pals & Picture Books

  4. Printing these now!    This is such a cute idea!

  5. Printing these now!    This is such a cute idea!

  6. Printing these now!    This is such a cute idea!

  7. I’m having trouble downloading this. Whenever I click the download link, it just takes me back to the same page.

    • Hi Shareen,
      I think the link works now. Thanks for your note!

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