Safari preschool activities and crafts

Safari animals preschool and kindergarten activities and crafts

We are going on a African safari with a theme packed full of preschool and kindergarten safari and jungle learning adventures. Pack your binocaulars and let's go to find elephants, monkeys, lions, zebras, snakes, and the tallest land animals - giraffes.  Through our safari-themed preschool and kindergarten activities and lesson ideas, crafts, and games, your children will move like the wild animals, dance with the animal in the African savanna, create animal artworks, go on a lion hunt, and learn about camouflage. So join us now and get ready to begin your safari adventure.


Themes and Projects

Weekly Plan: We're Going on a Lion Hunt


L for Lion Craft
On Safari Handprint Animals


Lion Shapes Activity
Elmer Number 1-10 Recognition
Monkey Number Line

Science and Exploration

Camouflage Science Exploration
Elephant Facts and Activities
Apes and Monkeys Science and Sorting


Elephant Pairs
Six Little Monkeys Visual Discrimination Activity
Jungle Predators and Prey Beginning Sounds Game


Going on a Lion Hunt - Act it Out
Lion Mane - Fine Motor Skills
I'm a Lion Song and Game

Booklets and Other

On My Safari Sight Words Emergent Reader
Elephant Snack


L for Lion - Beginning Sound
Lion Coloring

Preschool and Kindergarten African Safari Activities and Games

Large Group

Most children have seen the movie Lion King. Talk about the movie to get them thinking about African animals. Introduce the word safari.

What is a safari? (A safari is an adventurous trip to Africa to observe and photograph wildlife in their natural habitat and to experience African culture.)

Where would you go on a safari. How does the landscape look like? What would you find there? (eg. Things like grassland, lakes for the animals, trees)

What types of animals might you find on a safari? (eg. Elephants, lions, rhinoceros, zebras, hippos, cheetahs, chimpanzee, monkeys.)

Provide colorful picture books and photos of the animals and people going on a safari.

Story Time: We All Went On a Safari

Arusha, Mosi, Tumpe and their Maasai friends travel through the grasslands of Tanzania and count animals along the way. The children encounter all sorts of animals including elephants, lions, zebras, and monkeys, while counting from one to ten in both English and Swahili. Children will learn about the meaning of the Swahili names for the African animals, look at a map and learn interesting facts about Tanzania and the Maasai people.


Together locate Africa and Tanzania on a map or globe.

Preschool Activities: 

I Went On Safari - Oral Language Skills

Print African animals pictures. Introduce the word ‘safari’ to the children. Choose a picture without showing it to the childen. Say, “I went on safari, and what did I see? I saw a (describe the animal) example tall animal with a long neck looking at me!” Let children guess the animals. Show the picture to the children and let them descibe the animal. What color is it, how many legs does it have, do they know what the animal eats? Next, let children move like the animals. 

Dramatic Play

Block Center
Add some jungle animals to your block center together with plastic trees, blue paper for lakes, and artifical grass.

African Safari Pretend Play 

Preschool Safari theme and activities
Preschool Activities: 

Cardboard Jeep

Create a simple jeep out of a cardboard box.

Tape pictures of a variety of African animals around the room. 

Provide safari hats, and toy cameras for children to use on their safari trip. 

Safari hat crafts from Widget Worm

Let children make some binoculars out of toilet paper rolls.

Preschool Activities: 

Circle Game

Going on a Safari 


Going on a safari with the beat in your jeep,
Think of a wild animal that you'd like to meet.
That you'd like to meet (Have a child name a safari animal.)
A (lion), a (lion), she wants to see a (lion)!

Continue the chant until everyone has had a chance to name an animal.

Elephant Craft (Fine Motor Skills)

Elephant craft preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 


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Movement Activities (Gross Motor Skills)

Wild Animals Conga Line
Safari animals movement activity preschool
Preschool Activities: 

Children stomp like elephants, walk tall like giraffes, prowl like lions, and skip like zebras around the room behind each other in a line.

Giraffes Story Time and Activities: 

Outdoor Wild Animal Hunt

Glue pictures of African animals on construction paper. Hide a picture of each animal in various places outside. Before going outside talk about the weather in the Africa. Discuss that the animals and people need to protect themselves from the hot strong sun. The animals look for shade from trees, roll in mud, or cool down in the water. People wear sun hats and drink lots of water. Explain to children that you will go on a safari outside. Invite children to walk around looking through their binoculars to find some wild animals that are hiding. After 5 minutes call children back to your "camp". Ask children which kind of animals they saw on their safari. Do they remember where the zebra was? Ask one child to go and catch the animal. Repeat with the remaining animals.

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