Color Zoo for You

My daughter fell in love with Color Zoo in kindergarten. We practically had it on permanent loan from the library until I decided to buy her a copy.  I think what happened is I bought one and put it away for her birthday and forgot and bought it again.  I found the first copy the other day while organizing my closet.  I think this proves two things.  One that we have too many books and two that I am a dodo bird!

color zoo craft

Post update: This giveaway had ended but enjoy my free printable!

This is an awesome book by one of our favorite authors/illustrators, Lois Ehlert.  I have included her books in several lists including 13 Spooky Reads, Winter Reading, Kids’ Books Bound (to be) On Top, and Favorite Books with Flaps.  I love her simple joyful writing and fun friendly art.  In many of her books she uses mixed media and combines things like cut paper and natural objects.  Her illustrations have an overall simple graphic impression but are also fun to explore in an I-Spy kind of way.  Color Zoo is a cool concept.  Each page has a die cut shape and combined with details, colors, and cut-outs from other pages, animals emerge.  It is also a Caldecott Honor winner.

My daughter will sit and study this book.  She especially loves the review pages at the end that shows all the shapes and colors used.  She told me that she hasn’t gotten around to it yet, but wants to make some of her own.

Maybe I can make it easier for her to make her own color zoo AND for you too!

Color Zoo Craft

Print out the following PDF: color zoo printable

Cut along the straight black lines thne fold them in half to cut out the interior shapes.  Next add color, use them as templates to trace and re-cut in construction paper, or do what I did and print them right on color paper.  I used construction paper so I had to trim them first but if you have multi-color printer paper that would work great!  Now go ahead and stack a few together, rearrange them until you have something that looks like an animal, then add some googly eyes.  Attach the pieces with a glue stick or with a paper clip so you can reuse them and make it a game.



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  1. My favorite PB is What Pete Ate. But if you want kids – our little Princess is madly in love with Going On a Bear Hunt pop-up book. It’s extraordinary! But we are all also big Lois Ehlert fans!!
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    • What Pete Ate looks great! There is a pop-up version of Going On a Bear Hunt? We’ll have to check that out! Good luck!

    • My daughter still loves picture books and she is also well into chapter books. Heck, I still love them : ) Thanks for entering!

  2. It’s so hard to pick just one favorite! Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie books are always high up on the list of favorites, as are the pigeon books.

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