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Z is for Zebra - With Cut Out Template

This activity will have your child working on their fine motor skills while learning more about zebras! Really simple and only needing a few everyday household items, children will build their very own zebras to proudly showcase and refer to while learning more about these unique creatures.

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How many stripes do you see?

This activity will help build your child’s fine motor skills while learning more about zebras. Start off by introducing a book about zebras to your child to pique their curiosity. Then, it’s time to get crafty! Use tape to create stripes on a piece of paper and then have your child cut the paper into the shape of a zebra.  Once finished, create a whole family of zebras or even create other animals with dots or stripes!

📚 Books to explore: How the Zebra Got Its Stripes by Justine Fontes; Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham; and On Beyond Zebra! by Dr. Seuss.

🦓 Count your findings. Take the time to count the stripes the zebra has.

🐅 Fun with a friend. Challenge your child to make another animal with stripes or dots.


For this activity you will need:

Safety scissors 

Black tape 

White paper


Learning Outcomes




Fine motor


Cutting paper with scissors


Step 1:

Have your child tape down stripes on a white piece of paper.

Step 2:

When your child is happy with their stripes, have them cut out the shape of a zebra from the paper.

Step 3:

Draw on the eyes and add any final touches with a marker.

Step 4:


⬆️ For older preschoolers: Let them do all of the steps on their own or create different types of animals.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Pre-cut some tape pieces for your child then have your child direct you while you cut out the shape of a zebra.

Playful Questions

What other animal is like a zebra?

What noise do you think a zebra makes?

What colors are a zebra?

What do you think a zebra eats?

Where do zebras live in the wild?

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