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Giraffe Finger Painting

With their long necks and spots, giraffes are one of the most fascinating animals for children. Use this activity to explore them up close while helping your child build attention and focus. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to have fun and get messy with their hands!

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Finger painting fun!

This activity is a fun way to get your child interested in learning more about giraffes and how they live. It’s simple and easy — just cut out the shapes of a giraffe, glue them together and let your child finger paint on the spots with brown paint. This is a great opportunity for your child to use their fine motor skills and regulate their behavior, all while learning about different shapes and sizes. 

🎨 Messy alert! This activity can get on the messy side of things so it’s probably best to have a cloth ready and place a mat down.

📚 Books to explore: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae; Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa; and A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein.

🔀 Change it up. See if your child wants to try making other animals using this technique.


For this activity you will need:

Yellow construction paper 

Brown pipe cleaners OR Brown String




Brown paint 

Googly eyes OR a marker to draw them on

Learning Outcomes






Focusing attention, making choices and avoiding distraction


Step 1:

Cut out a long neck, ears, horns and face of the giraffe out of the construction paper.

Step 2:

Glue down the paper together to form the top of the giraffe.

Step 3:

Cut the pipe cleaner to smaller pieces and tape them to stick out the side of the neck to form their fur.

Step 4:

Glue on or draw on the eyes.

Step 5:

Get your child to dip their fingers in the brown paint and make dots on all over the giraffe.

Step 6:

Set aside to dry.

Step 7:

Hang and enjoy. 

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have your child do the cutting and gluing to experience the whole activity.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: You will probably have to cut and glue the pieces for them and have a cloth ready for when they are done painting

Playful Questions

What do giraffes eat? 

Why do they have long necks?

Where do they live? 

What is the sound a giraffe makes?

Is (animal) bigger or smaller than a giraffe?

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