We enjoyed a trip to Dublin Zoo just before we went away on our holidays last week. My mum was over for a few days and we hadn’t been to Dublin Zoo with her before. It seemed the perfect time to go as the Zoo had recently welcomed some new baby animals.
There was a baby giraffe, a baby elephant, a lion cub and a baby chimpanzee which had all been born in the last few months. We were lucky enough to see all of the new zoo babies during our visit. We were especially looking forward to seeing the baby giraffe as giraffes are one of our favourite animals and he didn’t disappoint. When we arrived at the “African Savannah” area at Dublin Zoo we got very close to one of the adult giraffes. The baby giraffe was a bit further away but the kids were still delighted to see him.
We love to base some of our arts and crafts activities around what we have been doing as a family. The day after our trip to the Zoo we decided we wanted to create some zoo animal art. We hadn’t tackled giraffe pictures for a while, so we thought we’d have a go at some giraffe art in celebration of the new baby giraffe that we had seen.
Bubble Wrap Activities for Kids: Bubble Wrap Giraffe Paintings
We love to use bubblewrap in our activities and I thought it would be brilliant used over yellow and orange paper to create the patchwork coat of a giraffe.
I cut out a giraffe shape for each of my kids and we set to work.
We attached the bubble-wrap around a rolling pin.
We then poured some brown paint onto a paper plate and rolled the bubble wrap covered rolling pin through the paint.
We then tested the rolling pin out on a spare piece of paper to see how much pressure was needed to get a good pattern onto the giraffe. We discovered the gentler the roll the better the impression.
The boys decided then wanted to paint trees for their giraffes to eat. They had been fascinated watching the giraffes as the zoo stripping the leaves off the trees in their enclosure.
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