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Easy Hippo Crafts for Kids to Make

Make your own hippo crafts with easy arts and crafts instructions for kids, teens, and preschoolers.

Collage of Hippo Crafts for Kids
We love these great hippo crafts! They are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids of all ages.

Are your kids fans of hippopotamuses? If they are they are going to love these craft ideas.

They are perfect for zoo camps, school art projects, simple fun at home, or wrapping up a homeschool unit on African animals.

Before the kids get started with one of these fun crafts here are some really neat and interesting hippo facts to enjoy with your kids.

Learn about what the name Hippopotamus means, how often females have calves, and how long they live in the wild.

Fun Facts about Hippos!

  • The name Hippopotamus comes from the Ancient Greek ‘river horse’.
  • An adult Hippo needs to resurface every 3 – 5mins to breathe.
  • Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun most humans.
  • Each female has only one calf every two years.
  • Considering their enormous size, a hippo’s food intake is relatively low.
  • The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and is often regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
  • They are considered the second-largest land animal on Earth (first place goes to the elephant!). 
  • In the wild hippos live for around 40 years. In captivity, they tend to live longer and may reach up to 50 years old.

Best Hippo Crafts for Kids to Make

Paper Bag Hippo Craft
I Heart Crafty Things

This is a fun and easy craft that uses a paper bag as a base to make a hippopotamus puppet

Paper Plate Hippo Craft

"This adorable hippo craft uses a printable template and a paper plate to make a project suitable for jungle animals, mammals, or Letter H theme or just for fun." - DLTK Kids

Newspaper Hippo Craft
The Best Ideas for Kids

"These adorable newspaper zoo animal crafts are a fun way to recycle newspapers!" - The Best Ideas for Kids

Clothespin Hippo Magnet
Crafts By Amanda

Make these two adorable magnets from cardstock and clothespins. A cute zebra and his pal the hippo are fun for holding things on the fridge!

Construction Paper Hippo Craft
Tippy Toe Crafts

How cute is this little construction paper hippo? You could even turn him into a card.

Paper Tube Hippo Craft
Creative Family Fun

"This cardboard tube hippo craft is about as cute as it gets. Those eyes, those teeth, that nose. Yep, these are super-cute! So, let’s get crafting! Grab some cardboard tubes and we’ll make some hippos." - Creative Family Fun

Newspaper Hippopotamus Craft
I Heart Crafty Things

"How to make a newspaper hippopotamus craft kids will love. Fun hippo craft for kids and animal craft using recyclable materials." - I Heart Crafty Things

Heart Hippo Craft
Simple Mom Project

"This tutorial will show you how to make an easy Valentine’s Day Hippo card. It even comes with free printable templates!" - Simple Mom Project

Popsicle Stick Hippotamus
Glued to My Crafts Blog

"Crafting with kids has so many amazing benefits! So why not add today’s popsicle stick hippo tutorial to your afternoon plans today?!" - Glued to My Crafts Blog

Aren’t all these happening hippo crafts super cute?

After creating one of these fun crafts a perfect follow-up activity is reading some books about hippos.

Check out these awesome ones we recommend!

If you’d like to try some more fun animal-themed crafts be sure to check out our Zoo Animals Landing Page (Coming Soon) which includes pandas, penguins, zebras, and more!