Making animals of Africa for kids

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Making animals of Africa for kids
Making animals of Africa for kids

The fauna of Africa can be recreated with your own hands. See how to make a rhino and an elephant from papier-mâché, from fabric, how to make a lion, crocodile, zebra, giraffe, ostrich for home and for a summer residence.

In order for the children to learn about the fauna of Africa, together with them make representatives of the savannah out of paper, from papier-mâché, from plasticine and from other materials.

Animals of Africa for kids - how to make a rhino

Rhino do it yourself

This is one of the most voluminous representatives of the African continent. To create a papier-mâché rhino, take:

  • glass bottle;
  • wire;
  • masking tape;
  • newspapers;
  • acrylic paints;
  • brushes;
  • wax;
  • soft cloth;
  • PVA glue.

The animal world of Africa is starting to tinker with this beast. To make a papier-mâché rhino, create a wire frame. This base will be in the form of four legs.

Wrap this wire around the bottle, which will be the body of the rhinoceros. Fix it all on top with masking tape.

Blank for creating a rhino

Take the newspapers and start wrapping them around this shape to make the base of the rhino. Note that he has a rather plump belly, so more newspapers should be put in here. Mark the head with this material. All this is fixed with masking tape.

Blank for creating a rhino

Here's how to make the rhino next. Take paper towels, brush them with PVA glue and stick this material over the newspaper. You will need to glue several layers here to get this animal of Africa.

When enough is enough, add a top layer. To get the skin with folds, with pimples, pour a little millet or semolina on the surface of the rhino, then glue the last layer of paper towels here. When you fasten them, then make folds so that such animals of Africa turn out to be more authentic.

Harvesting the back of a rhino

Don't forget to make a plait tail out of the paper towels. On the reverse side, using the same material, you need to sculpt the horn of a rhinoceros, its ears.

Harvesting the front of the rhino

When attaching the paper towels, make two significant folds, one at the back of the front legs and the other at the back.

Blank for creating a rhino

Make the paws so that you can see that the rhino has large hooves.

Blank for creating a rhino

Now wait for the glue to dry, then you need to paint the surface of the figure with black acrylic paints. Let them dry. After that, take a hard brush and start toning the protruding parts of the animal with it. To do this, use a blue, orange, purple, red tone. In doing so, overlay these colors on top of each other.

When everything is dry, then take bitumen wax and start lubricating the surface with it. After 3 hours, all this will dry, then take a soft cloth and rub the rhino until it shines. It will look like a bronze statue, the effect will be so interesting. Here's how to make a papier-mâché rhino.

Rhino do it yourself

You can also create it using cardboard. Use corrugated for this.

Paper rhino

This one consists of 72 elements. As you can see, you need to create the base for the body and head first. To do this, take 2 flat pieces. Now you will glue the rounded ones across to them so that these parts turn out to be voluminous. Then attach four legs here. And when you create the base for the rhinoceros, immediately draw its horns, tail, ears and cut them out along with the main details.

Perhaps you saw animal heads hanging on the wall of hunters as trophies. But this is inhumane. If you protect your native nature, love animals, then you can also create such a collection from corrugated cardboard.You see how wonderful the paper rhino looks.

Paper rhino

In the same way, you will create not only this animal, but also other animals of Africa, for example, an elephant.

Paper elephant

But about him a little later. For now, see how to make a plasticine rhino. Teach this skill to children, they will like this kind of work.


Take two different pieces of plasticine, knead them and roll a large and a small ball out of them. Now connect these elements, make the head more elongated. The same goes for the torso. Take two small pieces of plasticine and shape the ears of a rhinoceros out of them and attach them in place.

Plasticine animal

Now tear off four small pieces, shape them into balls, then shape them to form legs. Pin these elements in place. Use a knife to make the hooves bifurcated. Now you need to make a big and small nose of the rhinoceros, but in the back? his tail is in the form of a sausage. Here's how to make a plasticine rhino.

Plasticine animal

Then add another character to your animal world of Africa. You will soon learn how to make a papier-mâché elephant. This waste material will help you create a wonderful piece that costs almost free.

Animals of Africa for children - how to make a papier-mâché elephant with your own hands


  • newspapers;
  • toilet paper;
  • masking tape;
  • wire;
  • PVA glue;
  • paper napkins;
  • acrylic paints;
  • two halves of dry peas;
  • a piece of leatherette;
  • braid;
  • putty;
  • brush.

If you will not make a blanket, then you will not need leatherette, putty and braid. And if you want to make an elephant with a blanket, then use these materials.

But first, create from the newspaper the basis of the future animal of Africa. For this, take the pieces? one large and one smaller, fold the first in the form of an oval, and create the other in the form of a circle. Then you need to attach a wire to this head, wind toilet paper around it. Fix all this by connecting the head to the body, using masking tape, at the same time attaching the wire in the form of the front and hind legs.

Papier-mâché elephant blank

Now cover the wire with toilet paper strips. This will shape your legs.

Papier-mâché elephant blank

This is how these African animals are made. It will be informative and exciting for children to create similar toys together with adults.

Take napkins and toilet paper, soak this mass in a solution of PVA glue with water. Now start attaching it to your elephant. You will get such a blank.

DIY papier-mâché elephant

Cut the ears out of cardboard and paste over them with papier-mâché paste as well. Now you will need to dry this workpiece. After that add a tail made of wire and toilet paper here, make your toes.

DIY papier-mâché elephant

Also let your creation dry completely. After that, paint it with black acrylic paint, and leave the tusks light. When this coating is dry, then paint on top with more silver paint. Before that, you will need to glue two halves of peas in the form of eyes. Then take a strip of leatherette, also glue it over with toilet paper. This will be the basis for the blanket.

DIY papier-mâché elephant

Here's how to make an elephant next. Take a beautiful braid, glue it to the edges of the future blanket. You can cut out such white snowflakes from the wallpaper, glue them here. Then squeeze out a woodworking putty or light-colored sealant over the top to give the flowers a fuller look.

Blank for making an elephant

When the putty is dry, also paint the blanket with black acrylic paint first, then walk with gold. Now you can make an elephant stand. And if it's a money elephant, then glue coins on it. Then paint on top with varnish. Here is such a wonderful craft.

DIY papier-mâché elephant

From textiles

Here's how to sew an elephant. You will need:

  • fabric of a suitable color;
  • patterns;
  • filler;
  • scissors;
  • threads;
  • sewing machine;
  • braid.

Here's an African elephant you get. But you can use a different color fabric to create it.

Textile elephant

First you need to cut out the details of the pattern from paper, then transfer it to the canvas.In order not to get confused, it is better to immediately write on each pattern how many parts are needed, and what kind of details they are.

Elephant pattern

Now lay out all these pieces of the pattern on the fabric. Outline and cut with seam allowances. Then sew the details. When you sew on the belly, leave it unsewn on one side for now to put the filler in here. When you sew the details, immediately create the ears, tail, tusks. These small parts need to be filled with filler in advance.

Textile elephant blanks

Now sew on one and the other side of the elephant the buttons for the eyes. From another canvas, you can sew a blanket and attach it to the back. Decorate your creation with braid. Here's how to make a fabric elephant.

If the creation of such an animal seemed difficult to you, since it has many details, then you can make another. It is also sewn from fabric. But first, you will need to cut out the patterns provided. For the body, you need to cut two identical parts, four parts for the ears and one for the lower legs near the abdomen.

Elephant pattern

Take a leg piece near the abdomen and sew it to the right and left side of the elephant.

Textile elephant blanks

Ears need to be sewn separately. And when you create an elephant, then in the area of ​​\ u200b \ u200bthe tail, leave a place unstitched, so that you can then turn it out and stuff it through this hole.

Turn the elephant ears right over and stuff them with filler as well. If you want, you can also sew the tail separately. Also, with the help of a padding polyester, make it more voluminous. Now sew the details of the ears, tail into place. Here's a pink elephant will turn out.

Textile elephant blanks

From plastic bottles

You can also make an elephant from this material, so that then the animals of Africa for children will be replenished with another collectible.


  • 2 bottles of 5 liters;
  • 4 bottles of 500 ml;
  • bicycle camera;
  • eyes made of plastic or buttons;
  • sand;
  • a piece of packing tape;
  • copper wire.

Take 4 small bottles and fill them with sand, but not to the top. This technique will help make the figure heavier and more stable so that it is not blown away by the wind.

Four plastic bottles

Now you need to cut a hole in the eggplant for four legs. Cut out two ears from another bottle. Take a piece of bicycle tire and insert it into the opening of a large bottle. This will be the trunk. Then, on the other side, attach a piece of packing tape that will turn into an elephant's tail.

Blanks from plastic bottles

It remains to paint your creation. To do this, you can choose a blue color. Glue the eyes or draw them as well. And if you want the elephant to present you with a flower, then put a perforated soft corrugated tube on its trunk and cover it with the bottom of the bottle. You will paint it so that the blank turns into such a charming chamomile.

Elephant made from plastic bottles

Make such an African savannah character with your child, and you will teach him how to use junk material. The next master class with step-by-step photos will also serve this purpose.

From old tires


  • two tires;
  • sharp durable knife;
  • screws;
  • paint;
  • car camera.

One wheel will become the body of an elephant. To make it easier for yourself, you do not need to cut it off, but simply dig it almost halfway into the ground. You will make the head from another wheel, turning it to the opposite side, while creating the head and trunk at once. From the rubber tube, cut out the elephant's ears joined together. Place them under the elephant's head, fix it on the body of this animal with self-tapping screws.

From the same materials you can make other animals in Africa. Watch the next master class.

Animals of Africa for kids - how to make a zebra

If you want to turn your summer cottage into an African savannah, then let not only an elephant from plastic bottles flaunt here, but also a zebra.

DIY zebra

To make it, take plastic bottles. Cut off the top of one, and only the high bottom of the other. Take the remaining tops, each with double legs, front and back.

Insert two body bottles one into the other, make a hole at the bottom of each and thread the tops of the plastic bottles here. Now you need to take another bottle, cut it up, cut it into three parts at the bottom, this will be an inclined neck. Fix all this in its place and glue it with tape. Take the top of the remaining bottle, cut out the side obliquely and glue this resulting head to the neck.

Blanks from plastic bottles for creating animals

You need to paint this blank white. When the paint is dry, then draw black eyes, hair, and also a nose. Attach the ears here, which also need to be painted. And turn the yarn into a zebra mane. Make her tail out of the lace, attach it in place.

A giraffe is made in the same way. You will create it from the same bottles. But then you will need to paint this figure yellow, when it dries, then apply these brown spots here. Make a ponytail out of the rope, also paint it. Attach brown threads for the mane.

Blanks from plastic bottles for creating animals

You can take a whole plastic bottle and use it as the body of a giraffe. Then at the bottom you will make four holes and put a small identical bottle in each.

DIY giraffe

A container with a volume of half a liter is suitable for the legs of a giraffe. To make it heavier, you must first pour sand into it.

Also make a hole at the top of the plastic bottle, which is the body. This is where you put the bottle, which turns into the long, slender neck of the giraffe. A slightly larger container will become his head.

It remains to paint this blank so that you get another African animal. For children, making such crafts is a pleasure. And if you have your own personal plot, try to arrange a real corner of Africa here by making an elephant, a zebra, a giraffe. You can make not one, but several of these animals and install them in the courtyard of a private or city house.

If you need to decorate the garden, then making such figures will also be a great idea. Place them near the beds so that you get such a corner of Africa.

Do-it-yourself animals on the site

Can be made from plastic bottles to a giraffe with a longer neck. Then you need to connect several bottles without a neck to get such a blank. A palm tree made of plastic bottles will be a worthy addition to this corner of Africa in the country.

DIY giraffe

Here's how to sew a giraffe. If you are interested in the next master class, then you will need to cut out the presented patterns.

Giraffe pattern

Place the paper patterns on a suitable fabric. Cut out 2 pieces for the torso and legs. Sew these two pieces together, but sew where the neck is. Make the hooves from a darker fabric, then sew the parts of the head, attach them in place. Create the tip of the tail. Stuff your creation with filler. You can use a pencil to fill in the finer details. Cut out a scarf and tie it around the giraffe's neck.

Giraffe pattern

A simpler model can be used. For this, such a pattern is suitable. Create two parts for the body with a long neck, make the same number of blanks for the head and hooves of the animal.

See what other animals in Africa can be created for children.

Animals of Africa for children - how to make a crocodile with your own hands

DIY crocodile

This animal is also found in Africa. It lives in the waters of this continent. To make a crocodile, take corrugated cardboard and create a base from it, then wrap the blank with newspapers and strengthen them with masking tape. To make the paws, take the wire and wrap it with paper.

DIY crocodile

Now you need to create papier-mâché from toilet paper, paper towels, water and PVA glue. With this mass, you will glue the frame to form such a crocodile figure.

DIY crocodile

Take a putty and cover your workpiece with this material on top.

Dissolve gypsum with water to make it creamy. Now pour it into tablespoons, leave to dry. You will have crocodile scales. Using plaster, attach these blanks to the back of the animal.Create these teeth from the same material, let them dry. You can also cut teeth from white plastic bottles and attach them. Now glue the teeth into place.

DIY crocodile

When all this is dry, you can paint the workpiece to make such a crocodile.

Animals of Africa for children with their own hands - how to make a lion

This wild beast of warm countries is also created from various materials.

If you have a summer cottage, see how you can create such a sculpture.

DIY lion

To make a garden sculpture in the shape of the king of beasts, take:

  • 120 kg of sand concrete;
  • some cement M 500;
  • 2 base buckets;
  • suitable capacity;
  • paint;
  • the cloth;
  • scoop;
  • flower pot;
  • varnish for working on concrete.

Master class on creating:

  1. To make a lion out of concrete, take a 10L and 3L plastic bucket for his body, a flower pot of a suitable size will be the head.
  2. Connect these parts, wrap them with foil, and on top with non-woven material.
  3. Add to the sand concrete cement grade M 500 for strength, water and mix. In this concrete solution, you will need to soak strips of fabric, wrap this figure with them. Leave it to dry for two days. Only after that, mix the basic solution from the same components and start to coat the lion's figure.
  4. A small plastic cup can be used as a nose. Secure it with wire. The fangs are the screws that need to be screwed into place.
  5. Take some concrete mortar and spread it over the shape. The layer should be no thicker than 1 cm. When this layer is dry, then apply the second, and so do the subsequent ones.
  6. When they are dry, start applying the next solution here, it needs to be shaped like lion curls. Make his eyes. The mouth should be open. Add eyebrows and other features of the face. Draw his mustache.
  7. Create paws from the concrete. To do this, you need to insert metal rods into the frame and cover them with a concrete solution. Make the tail from a piece of plastic insulation. It also needs to be covered with concrete.

Then let your creation dry completely if you want, then you can paint it. The finishing layer must be applied here with a varnish intended for work on concrete. Here's how to make a lion out of this material.

DIY lion

Show the child a simple way of making this king of beasts. Such a lion is made of paper.

Take a disk and use it to draw a circle on yellow paper on the wrong side. Now cut the workpiece in half. Roll up the cone and glue it on the side.

Materials to create a lion

Now from the same paper you need to cut strips that will turn into a lion's mane. Then fold each in half, glue the ends, you get these teardrop-shaped figures.

Materials to create a lion

Cut out two circles from yellow paper, glue this mane between them. Draw the animal's face on the front side.

DIY lion

Then it remains to cut out the tail brush and the lion's paws from the paper and glue them in place. To make his mane more lush, two-colored, make strips of paper with a slightly different color, roll them up in the form of a drop and attach between the yellow ones.

DIY lion

How to make an African ostrich with your own hands - photo

You can also create this large flightless bird to add to your summer cottage collection. Then use:

  • a large bottle or canister;
  • reinforcement rods;
  • paint with brushes;
  • old sneakers;
  • plywood;
  • wire;
  • flexible corrugated sanitary hose;
  • self-tapping screws;
  • jigsaw.

Take the canister. If it is light, then you will need to pour sand here, but not much. Lay out the patterns of the tail, two wings, a feather on the head, and details of the beak on plywood.

Make two holes at the bottom and insert a rebar bent in half here. It will turn into two ostrich legs. At the back, you need to cut a hole in the canister to insert the plywood tail here. Secure it with self-tapping screws.

You will also fix the two wings. Now insert a wire into the neck of the canister, put a flexible hose on it. It will turn into a neck.And the head can become a circle of foam. Fix it here with glue and a hot gun. Attach the plywood blanks that will become the beak.

Glue your eyes. Color your creation. After that, it remains to put on sneakers for the fashionable ostrich. Look, this animal of Africa will turn out.

African ostrich do it yourself

Can be made for giving ostriches and other types, in some of them you will place flowers.

African ostriches with their own hands

The long legs of this flightless bird will be reinforcement rods. For the top thickened part, use a shiny pipe insulation.

Fix all this in the prepared pots. If you do not have such blanks, then take a basin, decorate it accordingly, gluing fragments of a mosaic or flat stones on the outside. You can also use this as a base, so that you can then lay a film inside and pour cement mortar here in an even layer.

When it's dry, pull on the edges of the plastic to remove the resulting planter. Drill holes in the lower parts and insert the reinforcement here. Fold it over to keep the planter on your feet. Make long, thin necks with strong wire. It also needs to be wrapped with foil insulation. The beak is made in the same way. And the head of the ostrich will be a foam ball. Now you can plant the selected flowers inside the container.

If you have ornamental shrubs, you need to trim them periodically. Do this by giving the bushes the shape of circles and ovals. The necks will be located nearby. These plants will turn into the bodies of ostriches. Suitable sticks, metal reinforcement or wire can be used as long necks. If these are sticks, then just paint them. And if there are metal components, then pre-wrap them with a suitable material. Then attach the foam ball heads here. Add beak, eyes. Paint these blanks if necessary.

And here's how to make an ostrich from fur. Take:

  • artificial fur;
  • sheet synthetic winterizer;
  • artificial leather;
  • decorative lace;
  • foam ball with a diameter of 6 cm;
  • a couple of skewers;
  • fishing line;
  • 2 toothpicks;
  • glue;
  • 4 pieces of beads;
  • related tools.

Take the selected fur and draw 2 rectangles 8 by 16 and 6 by 12 cm on the seamy side.

Now, using a clerical knife, start cutting through the fabric base on the seamy side. Cut only the threads, then carefully spread the cut with your hands. Then you won't cut off the fibers you want.

Ostrich pattern

Take a large rectangle that will turn into a torso. Make two 0.5 cm slots in this workpiece.The distance of these holes from each other will be 2 cm.

On a small rectangle that will soon turn into a head, you need to make one slot 0.5 cm long.

Ostrich pattern

To make the ostrich further, fold these two blanks right sides to each other. Use a thin stick or toothpick to tuck the fur inward from the edges. Then it will not interfere with sewing. If you do not have a sewing machine, then you can sew on your hands.

Pay attention to the fact that the fur of the two rectangles lies in the same direction from top to bottom.

Now sew each of these rectangles along the sides, don't sew on top yet.

Ostrich pattern

Turn these blanks over your face. Cut a strip half a meter long from the lace and pass the two edges of this string through the resulting hole. To make the animal world of Africa in the form of an ostrich further, take a synthetic winterizer. Fold it in half and place it in this body. And the same workpiece must be placed in the hole for the head.

Ostrich pattern

Use matches to singe the ends of the ropes to keep them from unraveling. Now cut a 10 cm long rope from the same lace. Insert it into the cut on the body and sew with a needle and thread. Then fasten the lace and sew the hole in the body.

Ostrich pattern

Cut a 6 cm square from the fleece. Cut it diagonally to make 2 triangles. Fold them over and sew on one side. Then sew this blank onto the ostrich's head.It will become a beak.

DIY ostrich pattern

Now sew the torso with the head. Pass the lace 1 cm from head to body and sew. You will get a head on a thin neck.

DIY ostrich pattern

Take a fine-toothed knife and carefully use it to cut the foam ball into two halves. Now place them on the back of the faux leather and sketch out. Cut out these blanks.

Blanks for making an ostrich with your own hands

To make an ostrich puppet, take a fishing line, cut off two fragments from it, half a meter each. Light a match and bring it to the ends so that thickenings are formed in these places. Place one bead on each tip.

Blanks for making an ostrich with your own hands

Cut two more pieces from the fishing line. One will be 22 cm long, and the second 30 cm. And you also need to melt the ends with a match, on which one piece of beads will be put on.

Cut off two elements from wooden skewers, one will be 30, the other 18 cm. Cut grooves on a short skewer, draw a segment 8 cm long on a long one.Now, using these marks, you need to cut out the elements with a hand jigsaw, in order to then assemble the cross in this way.

Blanks for making an ostrich with your own hands

Drill at the ends of the small stick along the hole, and on the large stick

make one hole. All this can be seen in the photograph.

Now take the fur and cut a strip 2 x 15 cm from it. Create another such blank. Take half of the foam ball, glue the fur here in a circle. Likewise, you will decorate the second foot. On the back are the leather circles that you previously glued to the styrofoam cuts.

Blanks for making an ostrich with your own hands

You need to cut a strip of fur 10 by 2 cm, then another one of the same. Fold each in half, sew on the sides of these parts and turn them out to the right side.

Leave the holes free so that you can then thread the ends of the long laces here and sew in this position.

Blanks for making an ostrich with your own hands

Take the fishing line, insert it into the needle. Pierce the foam plastic shoe with this tool, thus securing the bead. Attach the beaded fishing line to your head and body. Take the created cross, and attach the fishing line to its top, which is attached to the head.

Wrap the fishing line once around the stick, glue it along with a toothpick. Then fasten the line of the ostrich body in the same way.

Blanks for making an ostrich with your own hands

Attach the lines to your legs. Now you can set the ostrich in motion with the help of the cross. At the same time, he will dance, twist his head, body.

DIY ostrich

Here's how to make African beasts. And to see this, you just need to play the video. Then you will learn how to make a lion out of paper.

And how to sew an elephant from fabric, the second video lesson shows.

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