The kids are going to have so much fun with these animal bookmarks! They’re the perfect way to combine crafting and reading! If you’re wanting cute animal bookmarks for the kids, why not have them make them?
This is also a great farm animal craft idea with super simple instructions. It’s the perfect activity for younger children to be able to follow tutorials and create something all on their own.
Be sure to check out my 20 Children Craft Books for even more fun ideas!
Any reader knows that it’s a great idea to always have your own bookmark on hand. But why spend that additional costs when the kids can make their own different animals to hold their pages.
This is a great bookmark craft for beginners and a fun way to show the kids how to mark their favorite spot in their favorite book!
The good part about this bookmark craft is that there is no template or folds that you have to do! It’s as simple as can be!
- Hard paper (like pastel board or cardstock)
- googly eyes(optional)
How To Make Animal Bookmarks
Draw the animal faces in the appropriate colors (sorry, these 2 pics are blurry!). You can also print these from free clipart online.
We chose a pig, dog, and a cat, but the kids can also draw a fox, bunny, squirrel, koala, or any other animal that they want!
They can even learn How To Draw A Lion Easy Cartoon Drawing and make that their bookmark!
As you can see, we drew the faces and didn’t add a ton of details to them, and they still turned out perfect!
Cut out the animals (since D is still young I did the drawing and cutting for him but for older kids, they would enjoy creating this whole bookmark themselves).
Cut some strips of paper for the bookmark.
This is how I presented the activity to D (2 1/2 years old). I prepped the entire activity and cut out the strips of paper using a paper trimmer. (for adults to use only!)
He did the gluing, and here is what we ended up with:
Variation: Instead of using googly eyes, draw in some eyes and then Laminate bookmarks for durability.
What are fun ways to use a bookmark?
If you’re a teacher, you can use this fun craft idea in your classroom and also pair it up with some fun facts about animals as well.
If you just want to use them at home, have fun and let the kids create as many as they want! I also think that this makes a really cute gift idea as well.
How to encourage reading
Since we’re talking about making bookmarks, I had to stop and say to continue to encourage the kids to read! Even just having them sit down for 10-15 minutes a day to look at pictures or read a book is perfect for growing their minds and their creativity.
More Book Ideas
Here’s what the bookmarks look like.
Get the printable here
You can find the Free animal bookmarks here!
I hope you enjoy the bookmarks!
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Hi, I just discovered your blog via "Her Cup Overfloweth" and I love it! Keep the great ideas coming, I can't wait to do some of these activities with my 18m old!