Toddler Craft: Giraffe

Another week in our One Year Old Preschool unit on colors, another simple toddler craft!  This week we made a giraffe.  Here’s how:

Don't you just love the wonky eyes?
Don’t you just love the wonky eyes?


  • yellow cardstock (or construction paper)
  • brown construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • glue stick (we used washable)
  • crayons (optional)



  1. Cut a small circle (about 1 1/4″) out of the cardstock.  Cut a large rectangle (about 4 x 3), as well.  Cut four strips (about 1/4″ each) lengthwise off of the rectangle – these are the legs.  Cut another strip (about 1/2″) lengthwise off the rectangle – this is the neck).  NOTE: Since the leg strips are rather long for giraffe legs, you can cut them shorter and use the scraps for the horns of the giraffe.
  2. Cut small squares out of the construction paper to make spots.
  3. Glue the legs of the giraffe to the back of the remaining large rectangle (body).  Glue the neck to the back of the the body, as well.  Glue the yellow circle onto the front of the neck at the top.  Glue the horns of the giraffe (scraps from NOTE) to the back of the yellow circle.
  4. Once all the pieces are glued together, glide the glue stick over the surface of the giraffe (body and neck).  Have your child put the brown construction paper squares on the giraffe.  If the glue dries before they are finished putting the spots on, just glide some more glue on…it should dry clear.
  5. Add eyes and mouth (with crayon) and color (if desired).


There you have it!  A simple toddler craft!  Please feel free to use any of these ideas and share them with others.  If you do the craft, please let me know.  I would love to get feedback from others who tried them with their toddlers.


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