Zoo Animals Activities Bundle. Use independently or with 'Dear Zoo' or 'It's Mine!' by Rod Campbell.

Zoo Animals Activities Bundles

Less planning, more learning! Save time preparing fun and engaging ESL lessons on the topic of Zoo Animals.

♦ Hours of fun, dynamic activities that you can use for any jungle theme.

♦ Perfect for working with 'Dear Zoo' and 'It's Mine!' by Rod Campbell.

♦ Flexible materials and activities for 6-10 lessons

♦ Suitable for mixed age groups or to use across a range of levels.

♦ Pick and choose the activities you want. All the activities are great value at around €1 - €2, with bigger and bigger discounts the more you buy.

♦ Get ALL the activities for just €12.45!

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Flashcards and game cards

Perfect for a whole host of whole class, small group and pair practice of your target language.

Zoo Animals Flashcards and game cards. Includes flashcards, mini-cards and matching cards. Practise zoo animals and description language. Includes animals in 'Dear Zoo' and 'It's Mine!' Includes game suggestions. Play and learn super useful zoo animals vocabulary and descriptive language in a fun way.

♦ Includes 12 animals in both image and text: camel, snake, elephant, giraffe, lion, monkey, frog, parrot, tiger, bear, crocodile, dog (‘dog’ is in ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell)

♦ Includes game ideas for hours of interactive practice and easy learning.

♦ A choice of three card types provide plenty of learning opportunities so your esl kids never get bored.



Crafts and games for drama, songs or story retelling

While you can incorporate drama and storytelling with any of the resources on this page, these resources are especially suitable. The animals match those in ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘It’s Mine!’ by Rod Campbell.

Zoo Animals Wheel crafts cover. Mix and match wheel templates to practise different skills. Complements 'Dear Zoo', 'It's Mine!' zoo themes. Great for storytelling, games, sequencing and more! Super interactive Zoo Animals Wheel Crafts that get your ESL kids playing, learning and even storytelling.

♦ Includes cut and paste templates too! Great for sequencing skills.

♦ Follow the activity suggestions for lots of ways to integrate exciting English practice.

♦ Use independently or to retell ‘Dear Zoo’ or ‘It’s Mine!’

♦ ESL kids are super engaged and motivated to play games and use English with their very own story wheels.



Zoo Animals Lift the flap books cover. Practise zoo animals and description language. Complements 'Dear Zoo' and 'It's Mine!' Engaging for guessing games and story retelling. Capture the magic of flap books like ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘It’s Mine’ while teaching useful zoo animal and description language.

♦ Choose from a range of templates to easily differentiate according to ability, age and vocabulary focus.

♦ A super effective way to provide repetition of useful animal and description language and even phrases from ‘Dear Zoo’ or ‘It’s Mine!’ by Rod Campbell.

♦ Use in story retelling and guessing games.

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and story language in an interactive and dynamic way.



Zoo Animals Splat Mats cover. Includes 3 Splat Mats. Complements zoo themes and/or 'Dear Zoo' and 'It's Mine!' Includes engaging game ideas. Easy, fun and effective to practise animals, description or even story language in groups, pairs or whole class.

♦ Includes 3 different splat mats with 12 zoo animals: tiger, crocodile, monkey, giraffe, lion, camel, elephant, snake, dog, parrot, bear, frog

♦ Detailed activity procedures give you lots of ideas for fun games.

♦ Fantastic for changing dynamics and keeping kids engaged.

♦ Use in story retelling activities with ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘It’s Mine!’


Worksheets with a twist

Printables that are perfect for introducing and practising key story and zoo animals language. Follow the activity suggestions for dynamic ways to work on receptive and productive skills.

Zoo Animals Fortune Tellers cover. Practise zoo animals, description language. Complements 'Dear Zoo', 'It's Mine' and other zoo stories. Follow included dynamic procedures to maximise language learning. What a fun and effective way to practise and play with zoo animals, story language and so much more!

♦ Easy folding and cutting guidelines make this a hassle free craft experience.

♦ Includes ideas for ways to maximise language practice while your ESL kids make it AND to play with it afterwards.

♦ Encourages children to use the new language in a natural playful way.



Zoo Animals Colouring sheets Editable thumbnails. Practise colours and zoo animals. Includes 'Colour by word' and 'colour by animal' options. Use in story retelling with Dear Zoo, It's Mine or other zoo stories. Ideal for engaging young learners with zoo animals, colours and to activate story language.

♦ Includes 2 different images, each with ‘colour by word’ or ‘colour by animal’ options.

♦ Easy to support or stretch learners with different abilities or ages.

♦ Useful activity suggestions give you plenty of ideas to increase interaction, engagement and learning.

♦ The perfect complement to Dear Zoo or It’s Mine! by Rod Campbell.


Games to make and play

All of these can be simply printed to play, but they are also fantastic for integrating even more language practice because the kids can make their own copies. Super useful for bringing English outside the classroom – your young learners will be so excited to play these at home with their families.

Zoo Animals Jigsaw games and craft cover. Includes 2 different images. 3 different jigsaws for each image. Practise key story and animal vocabulary. ncludes black and white. Bring some puzzle and crafty magic to your zoo animals lessons with these jungle animals jigsaw games and crafts.

♦ Choose from a range of templates to easily differentiate according to ability, age and vocabulary focus.

♦ A super effective way to provide repetition of useful animal and description language and even phrases from ‘Dear Zoo’ or ‘It’s Mine!’ by Rod Campbell.

♦ Great for an engaging way to practise numbers too!

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and story language in an interactive and dynamic way.


Zoo Animals Playing cards craft cover. Easy to choose ypur skills practice with several different variations. Practise zoo animals and description language. Includes game procedures. Have hours of fun making, playing and learning useful animal and description language.

♦ Includes several templates to differentiate for different skills, age groups and language points. 

♦ An easy way to help your learners acquire complete phrases (not just words!).

♦ Detailed activity procedures help you plan quickly and efficiently.

♦ Extend the learning opportunities with the craft option. Empower your young learners to take English outside the classroom and play at home.


Zoo Animals dominoes cover. Includes 5 variations for different skills practice. Practise zoo animal and description language. Facilitates language practice both during and after making the game. Engaging multi-staged practice of super useful zoo animals and descriptive language.

♦ Effortlessly engaging games and craft that really get your ESL young learners learning useful vocabulary and phrases.

♦ Several options that make it super easy for you to choose the level of difficulty appropriate for your particular students.

♦ Perfect for mixed age groups – use the picture dominoes with preschool and include some literacy practice with primary.

♦ Print and play OR use the included Activity Procedures to include even more practice while they make their very own copies of the game.


Zoo Animals Dice and Graphing sheets cover. Practise zoo animals and description. Complements 'Dear Zoo', 'It's Mine!' and other zoo stories. ncludes 3 different dice and a choice of worksheets. Super engaging Zoo animals dice and graphing sheets. Perfect for learning animal, description and even story phrases in an interactive way. ♦ Choose from 3 different dice – so easy to differentiate for age, level or language focus. ♦ Your ESL young learners will love playing games with the dice. Lots of game ideas included to make planning super easy. ♦ Engaging graphing sheets are great to get your kids interacting and practising their maths and English skills. ♦ Not just for one lesson. These are games you can come back to again and again!  

Zoo animals. Bingo games and craft cover. Practise zoo animals and description language. Includes 8 x small and 8 x big boards. Colour or black and white. Includes 'make your own' version too. Thrill your preschool and primary learners with these brilliant bingo boards. They even get to make their very own games!

♦ An engaging way to practise 12 different zoo animals and descriptive language 

♦ Use independently OR to complement ‘Dear Zoo’ or ‘It’s Mine!’ by Rod Campbell.

♦ Detailed activity procedures to help you plan quickly and efficiently.

♦ Extend the learning opportunities with the craft option. Your learners learn while creating their very own bingo boards.



Save yourself tons of time and get ALL of these Zoo Animals Activities

Not sure how many resources you need?

Of course it depends on your particular context, but I’d like to give you an idea of how I’ve used them across multiple levels, lessons and age groups.

In general I follow this sequence:

  1. Introduce the language and use activities to focus on understanding, i.e., the children have to listen and understand to complete the craft/game/worksheet.
  2. Revise the language and give the children the opportunity to produce the language.
  3. Practise the language in a freer way that lets the children experiment with the language.


Below is a sample lesson map with the resources.

Sample lesson resource map

Lesson 1: Flashcards and game cards; Splat mats; Colouring sheets or Jigsaw games and craft

Lesson 2: Splat mats; Bingo games and craft

Lesson 3: Flashcards and game cards; Playing cards and craft

Lesson 4: Playing cards games; Lift the flap craft; Dominoes games and craft

Lesson 5: Dice and graphing sheets; Wheel crafts

Lesson 6: Fortune teller crafts; Learning stations with all games and crafts used.

Note: There’s more than enough material to cover in up to 10 lessons. With groups that have lessons twice a week, I would typically teach an 8 lesson unit on the topic.

What’s more, each resource includes different templates so you can differentiate for different levels or repeat activities across year groups but using different templates.

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, of course! Maybe you have the time and enjoy creating things, but it has to be said that being a young learner teacher can involve a HUGE amount of extra work making materials. Give yourself a break!

All my materials have been tried and tested in the classroom. As well as having almost 20 years of teaching experience, I am also a qualified trainer for the Trinity TYLEC (Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate), so you can rely on the quality.

Yes! There are a range of templates to choose from within each resource so it’s super-easy to differentiate. The included Activity Suggestions will also give you ideas about how you can conduct the activity so each child can work (play!) to their full potential.

Definitely! (You knew I would say that!) No, but seriously speaking, I started making these resources for just one class but I’ve now used them several times over. I’ve even used them with the same groups in subsequent years, because the different templates allow me to vary the activity and language focus. 

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