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.

Zoo Animals Fortune Teller Crafts

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.

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What will my ESL young learners learn?

These Zoo Animals Fortune Tellers are great for listening and speaking skills, as well as practising zoo animals vocabulary and/or activating phrases from ‘Dear Zoo’ or ‘It’s Mine!’ by Rod Campbell.

There is a whole lot more super useful language they’ll get while making and playing with these too. See some ideas below:


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





  • 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. Can you jump like a frog?
  • Be, e.g., This animal is brown. This animal isn’t small. It’s a tiger.


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….? Where’s the…? It’s here. It’s there.

Fold, Make a square, Make a triangle, Push, Show me your thumb/fingers, Move in/out.

Can you find the…? I can see a… Can I have..? Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome. Colours, crayons, pens, pencils, glue, scissors, cut, stick. 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. With preschool learners, I’d recommend pre-folding them before class and using the time in class to colour and play with them.

With primary learners and higher levels, challenge them with the language you use pre, during and after the craft. For example, focus on descriptive language, rather than identifying single animals.

Following the Activity Suggestions, this resource can definitely form the core part of your lesson. I’d recommend including a zoo animals story, like Dear Zoo or It’s Mine!, and a game or two to create your complete lesson. Find related songs and storytelling videos as well as card games and other useful resources on the Animals Topic Page and the Dear Zoo and It’s Mine! story resource pages.

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