Wild Animal Printables for Kids

Contributor: Amy Finley
Father and daughter coloring together

Most kids are fascinated with the animal world. Foster their fascination and curiosity with worksheets, activities, and coloring pages that feature some of their favorite animals. Animal printables are a fun and educational way to help teach your child about wildlife!

Free Printable Animal Worksheets

These animal worksheets can be used as a fun and educational activity for a rainy day, to help kids learn facts about wild animals or wildlife conservation, or handed out to supplement an animal lesson plan. To print the worksheets, just click on the image and it will open in a new window for you to print. If you need help downloading the printables, check out this helpful guide.

Sloth

Sloths are amazing creatures. There are both two-toed and three-toed sloths, but this worksheet focuses on the three-toed sloth. The printable has two pages that include:

  • Basic facts about sloths
  • A coloring page featuring a sloth hanging from a tree
  • An activity with a paper doll type sloth and his tree home

Lion

The lion is truly king of the jungle. These amazing big cats are unique in a number of ways. These pages include:

  • Facts about lions
  • Coloring page with a mama lion and her cub
  • Dot-to-dot activity that results in the image of a male lion with a beautiful mane

Access the printable by clicking on the lion thumbnail on the right side of this page.

Bears

This set of printables features bears found in North America. Learn fun facts about:

  • Grizzlies
  • Polar Bears
  • American Black Bear

The set is made up of:

  • Three coloring sheets featuring each of the bear types and some fun facts
  • Crossword puzzle about North American bears

Teach and Entertain With More Wild Animal Printables

The allure of wild animals comes in part from their size, their role as a predator, or their beauty or mystery. Activity sheets that feature coloring, dot-to-dot or similar activities are a great way to entertain on a rainy day and foster a love of learning about nature.

Jungle Animals Color by Number

Color by number pages are not only fun, but can help young kids identify numbers and work on following directions. This cute jungle animal printable features a monkey and giraffe. It's a great option for younger kids.

Penguin Coloring Pages

When an is an animal considered 'wild'? It's one that lives in its natural habitat, fends for itself, finds its own food and isn't domesticated (you can't keep it as a pet!). Penguins would fall into this category just like lions and bears. Color fun penguin coloring pages to supplement a lesson about animals that live in cold habitats.

Wild Horses Coloring Page

Many kids are fascinated with horses, and it can be interesting and educational to discuss the differences between wild and domesticated horses. Kids can color this horse coloring page too.

Wetlands Matching Activity

There are lots of animals that live in wetland ecosystems. These can be fascinating for kids to learn about. Use this printable matching activity to help kids discover more about food sources for animals that live in wetlands.

Animal Bingo

If you're looking for a fast fun activity for your kids, or a group game for classroom or party, animal lovers will be thrilled with this animal-themed bingo game. It includes tons of different animals, such as a gorilla, a lion, an elephant and more. The printable set include 11 different bingo cards and a page of printable bingo pieces done with cute paw prints.

Animal Logic Puzzle Printable

Some of the animals in this logic puzzle are not only wild; they are out of this world! Use this logic puzzle with kids ages seven or older to sharpen their problem-solving skills.

Fun Wild Coloring Activities

Encourage your child to really get creative when coloring. Just as these are wild animals, use some wildly creative techniques and ideas to make the coloring fun:

  • Use bright colors that don't necessarily match the actual color of the animal (like a purple cheetah, for example).
  • Draw or cut out clothing from a catalogue to put on the wild animals.
  • Cut out pictures of the wild animals your child has colored and make a safari collage.
  • Hang the wild animal printables in an unusual place, such as the ceiling above your child's bed or in the closet.
  • Glue glitter or fabric on the coloring pages.
  • Cut a fun shape around the wild animal using special scissors.
  • Create an animal mask out of the printables.
  • Take your coloring pages to the zoo and identify the real animals.

Teaching Tips

If you are using these printables to help supplement lessons or to teach concepts to children, keep these tips in mind:

  • Many children are visual learners. Enhance lessons with printables, videos and wild animal picture books to help them learn and retain the information.
  • When learning about wild animals, topics like what animals eat may come up. Elementary children can easily understand the concept of a food chain and shouldn't be disturbed by learning that one of their favorite wild animals is a carnivore. Keep the discussion matter-of-fact; using a food chain worksheet might also help.
  • You may want to also incorporate a discussion about the dangers wild animals can pose to humans, too, and talk about respecting animals in their natural habitats. This can be especially helpful if your family camps or hikes often.

Colorful Keepsakes

No matter what you do with your child's coloring, remember to save them as keepsakes. You never know when you might want to go on a wild animal safari from the comfort of your living room!

Wild Animal Printables for Kids