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Kirigami Zoo and Barnyard Animals


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Make a Paper Zoo with Folding Animal Patterns

Teach concepts of symmetry with these folding animal patterns. Patterns include chickens, camels, deer, frogs, dogs and more. Make your own paper animal patterns.

Paper zoo and farm animals are perfect for any day activities and party decorations. Making paper dolls and animals is an easy and fun craft for kids and can be made using materials you already have on hand. A fun and easy craft for any age all you need is card-stock scrap booking paper cut to 8 1/2 X 11. Decorate your creatures with colorful crayons and markers build a zoo or farm out of shoe boxes.

Place paper dolls and animal creations in gift baskets of cookies, brownies and other sweet tidbits and give to friends and family.

Supplies Necessary to Make Paper Characters

  • Colorful construction paper
  • Recycled paper
  • Paper plates
  • Paper tubes
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Pencil or pen
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Some of these folding baskets and animals are based upon crafts displayed in a 1914 Child Craft nook publication.

Scissorcraft has a variety of paper folding crafts with step by step instructions. Learn how to create birds, flowers, butterflies, animals, snowflakes and more. Whether you choose to cut, fold, spindle or mutilate, printed, paper crafts are easy and fun to make.

The difference between Origami and Kirigami.

  • Kirigami: Japanese; Kiru means "to cut" and gami means "paper.".
  • Origami: Japanese; oru means "to fold", and gami means "paper."

Ordinary sheets of paper can be folded and cut into ships, animals, and flowers. Great, educational fun for children. All you need to get started is a pair of scissors, a piece of paper, a Scissor Craft pattern, a few quick folds, and voilä  you've got an envelope, a basket or a wild african elephant.

Materials to Have Available:

  • Plain or colored paper or colored foam sheets
  • Child-sized scissors
  • Colored markers or Crayola crayons
  • Glitter glue
  • foam sheets for soft ornaments

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.