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.

Fun with Zoo Animals Colouring sheets

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.

Ready for some zoo animals colouring fun? Get your templates and lesson ideas here:

Or get them in the Zoo Animals Activities Bundle. Incredible value!

What will my ESL young learners learn?

Depending on the way you conduct the activity, your kids can get valuable listening, speaking and reading practice. Apart from zoo animals vocabulary, they can get a feel for adjective order and even learn useful phrases and structures.

Don’t forget the valuable classroom language you’ll be helping them learn. See a summary below:

Principal vocabulary

Zoo animals:

   camel, dog, snake, crocodile, monkey, parrot, bear, giraffe, frog, elephant, lion, tiger


  purple, pink, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, black, white, brown, grey


Additional vocabulary, phrases and structures

While not essential, you may want to help your learners acquire and/or use the following language:

  • Have/Have got, e.g. A giraffe has got a long neck. This animal doesn’t have legs.
  • Can for ability, e.g. This animal can fly. This animal can’t jump.
  • Be, e.g., This animal is brown. This animal isn’t small.


Classroom language

Where’s the…? It’s here. It’s there. Is it…? Yes, it is. No, it isn’t. What is it? It’s a.. It’s…

What’s this? What’s that? What colour is the….?

Can you find the…? I can see a… Can I have..? Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome. Colours, crayons, pens, pencils. I’m finished.

What do teachers say about the resources?

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! They work great for mixed aged groups and different abilities because they come with different templates AND different suggestions with how to use the resource. No time wasted on adapting different worksheets!

The provided activity suggestions give you plenty of ideas to create a fun and engaging lesson for your young learners. Add in a zoo animals song, story and/or vocabulary game. See the Animals Topic Resource page for supplementary resources.

You can certainly find some free colouring sheets out there, but it’ll be tough to find ones that give include the exact animals in ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘It’s Mine!’, or that give you different options for different levels. Engaged and motivated children make for a happy lesson (and teacher!)

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