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Safari (African) Crafts and Learning Activities for Kids

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Safari Learning Activities


Safari learning activities iIncluding: lion, giraffe, and sun clipart, jeep printables in color and black and white, safari letters, safari cards, "Number Safari" printable book, lion paw prints, and giraffe shape activity.

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Jeep Word Safari Race

African Word Safari Game


1. Before class print out the jeep patterns and animal cards.

2. Before class write your children's vocabulary or spelling words on index cards or use the animal cards.

3. Place the word cards in a curving line across a bulletin board that has been decorated to look like an African Savanna with wild animals and acacia trees.

4. Have your children color a jeep pattern and then write their names on the jeep.

5. Place the jeeps at the beginning of the line of words. Move the jeep across the line of words as your children learn to spell or say the words. See who can learn all his or her words first by getting to the end of the line of words first. If you have two different ages of children, you can use different lines of words with different levels of difficultly. This pattern is available to members only.

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Number Safari Activity and Coloring Book

Number Safari Activity and Coloring Book


1. Remind your children that a safari is a journey or adventure. Tell then that they are going to go on a safari to look for things that can be found on the savanna in Africa.

2. As you read books about Africa have your children study the pictures in the books, and see if they can find things in the books that are in their "Number Safari" coloring books. As they discover matching items have them color the items in their coloring books. Encourage them to find everything that is in their books.

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Teach your children a song before you start your number safari.

Number Hunt
Written by Nancy Foss
Sing to the tune of "Jingle Bells".

Number hunt, number hunt,
Number hunt we go.
Oh, what fun it is to hunt
in a number safari today! Hey!



Safari Bulletin Board Display Printables


Safari Bulletin Board Display

Safari Letters for Bulletin Boards

Print these seven-inch letters onto earth tone colored paper, cut them out, and staple to your bulletin board. The jeep, sun, griaffe, and lion are availabe in color and black and white. Available in an editable pdf file.

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Classroom Safari Using TP Binoculars

Classroom Safari Binoculars

Have your children make binoculars using two TP rolls. They can use paint, tape, or other items to decorate the tubes. Glue the finished tubes together and tie yarn at the ends. Punch holes in the sides of the tubes, thread yarn through the holes, and tie knots at the end of the yarn. Make sure the yarn will pull through the holes if pressure is placed on the yarn. This is to prevent the children from being choked accidentally.

Word Safari - Look around your classroom with your binoculars until you find an object you want to describe. Repeat the following rhyme and then describe the object:

Join me on safari in our room today.
Pick up your binoculars without delay.
Look around the room to see all that's on display.
Can you see what I see not so far away?
I see something that is _____________________.

You can say things like:

1. It starts with the "Cl" sound and ends in the letter "k".
2. It rhymes with shock and is round.
3. Or use a riddle such as, "It has a face and hands, but no eyes or a mouth."
4. It's white and has numbers on it.



Shape Giraffe

Shape Giraffe Math Activity

Print out the shapes and have children glue them together to make a giraffe.

Discuss the names of the shapes as they work. Talk about polygons, triangles and rectangles.

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Lion Hunt Vocabulary Match Game

Lion Hung Vocabulary Match Game


Before class print out the "Lion Hunt" cards, cut them apart and write your child's spelling or vocabulary words on the cards. Take turns turning over two cards at a time to see if the words match. If they match and the child can say the word, the child gets to keep two cards. If they don't match the cards must be turned back over. If a player turns over the lion card, he is out of the game. Keep playing until all the cards have been matched up. The person with the most cards wins. Printable cards are available on the members only section.

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Lion Hunt Word Review Game

Lion Hund Word Review Game


1. Before class print out the pattern of the lion paw prints and cut them out on the dotted lines.

2. Write your child's vocabulary words, spelling words, or math facts on the paw prints.

3. Lay the paw prints out making a path to a stuffed lion that has been hidden in a closet or under a chair "cave".

4. In class ask your child if he wants to go on a lion hunt. Tell him that he can follow the paw prints to find the lion, but he must first spell or say the word, or give the answer to the math fact before he can go to the next paw print. When you get to the "Lion" or last pawprint scream and run back the way you came while saying the words, spelling them, or giving the math fact answer in the opposite direction. You can have some one pretend to be the lion and jump out when you get to the last paw print. If the children aren't fast enough saying the words in reverse order the lion can pretend to catch one of the children. Keep playing until your children can say all the words without getting caught by the lion.

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Make a Safari Journal

We All Went on Safari

Have your children make their own safari journals using the "We All Went on Safari" book as a guide. On the first page they should write "One Leopard" and draw a picture of a leopard. On the second page they should write "Two ostriches" and draw pictures of two ostriches, etc.

Ask your children questions about the story:

1. How many leopards did the children see?
2. How many ostriches did the children see?

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Cardboard Box Jeeps

Use large cardboard boxes to make jeeps. Have your children paint them and add Styrofoam plate steering wheels and bottle cap knobs. Paint two paper plates yellow for the lights. Pretend to ride through the jungle and point out animals along the way.

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"Jungle Jack Hanna's Safari Adventure"

Giraffe folded paper craft for children

Have your children make 3D paper African animals and then write words that describe the animals on the inside.

Go to the African Animal Craft Page for directions and patterns. If you can't find this book at your local library, you can buy it at Amazon.com.

Jungle Jack Hanna's Safari Adventure by Jack Hanna and Rick A. Prebeg.


1. Locate Africa and Tanzania on a Map.

2. Follow Jack's journey through Kenya and Uganda using a map of the countries. Have your children find the places Jack talks about as you read the book. Place dots on the map and connect them with lines.



Mancala Game from an Egg Carton

Egg Carton Mancala Craft


Mancala (Mankala) is one of the oldest games in the world. It is very popular in Africa, parts of Asia, and South America and there are many different versions with as many different names.

What you will need:

Bright colors of Acrylic Paint

Cardboard Egg Carton


Two Paper Cups

Game Pieces

How to make:

1. Cut the lid off the egg carton and turn it upside down. Glue the egg holder part on top of the upside down lid.

2. Paint the game and the two paper cups with bright colors using geometric shapes as found in African art.

3. Place four games pieces in each egg cup. You can use small stones, beans, marbles, or seeds. Just make sure all the game pieces are about the same size. Place one cup at each end of the game board.

4. Each play owns one side of the game board or six eggs cups and the paper cup to his right. The player who gets the most games in his cup wins.

The first player starts by taking all the game pieces out of one cup on his side of the board and placing them one at a time on each successive cup to the right going all the way around the board including his own paper cup. If the last stone is placed in the players paper cup, he gets to take another turn. If a player places his last stone in an empty cup on his side of the board, he gets to keep any stones that are in the opposite cup.

The second player does the same thing, picking up a set of stones from one of his cups, (he must pick up all the stones in the cup) and placing one each in each successive cup to the right.

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Picture Safari

Give your children a list of animals and have them go to the library to find pictures of each of the animals. They should mark them off as they find them. If you have children that can't read yet, use a picture of the animal next to the word on your list.



Dictionary Word Safari

(Older children) Africa has many animals that seem strange and interesting because we don't see them often. It is fun to see animals that we don't often see or that are new to us. Words can also seem strange if we have never seen them before. Introduce your children to some strange words. Have them look the words up in the dictionary and draw a picture to represent the word and write a definition.

Words relating to Africa: acacia, wildebeests, Serengeti gate, warthog, safari, savanna, hyrax, bamboo, impala, binoculars, etc.



Count to Ten in Swahili

Swahili Language & Culture Web Site sound files of many Swahili words.



"We're Going on a Lion Hunt"

We're Going on a Lion Hunt

Your students will enjoy joining two little girls on a lion hunt on the African Savanna. This book is an adaptation of the popular children's chant, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". If you can't find this book at your local library, you can buy it at Amazon.com. We're Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell.

Lion Hunt Reenactment

After you read this story, have your children go on their own lion hunt. Reenact the story by having the children walk in place as you tell the story. When they get to the tall grass they can rub their open palms together to make the sound of grass. When they get to the lake they can move their arms in a swimming stroke, and for the swamp they can pretend to lift their feet that have been stuck in the mud, and in the cave they can pretend to hold flashlights.

Play "We're Going on a Word Hunt"

Before class print out words on index cards. Make matching cards that have words that are the same, have similar pronunciation, or are related to each other in some way. For example, you can use words that have the same sounds such as "bat" and "cat" or words that are related such as big and large, or different tenses of words such as care and cared. Adapt the game to your student's level. Hide the matching cards around your room.

In class give each student a word card, and help him or her read it. Have the class repeat the following chant and then try to find his or her matching word card.

We're going on a word hunt.
We're going to read some big ones.
We're not scared
Because we're prepared.



Create a Safari Scene with Stickers

Children place stickers on a printed background page to make their own safari scene.

Each set of stickers includes 57 stickers and a printed background scene page. These stickers can be used for many purposes. These stickers can be order from Amazon.com

Use them as Rewards:

1. Each time a child answers a question correctly, he can place a sticker on the background.

2. Each time a child spell a word correctly he can place a sticker on the scene. You can have them spell the name of the pictures -- sun, clouds, butterfly, bird, monkey, lion, lioness, giraffe, jeep, leaf, boy, girl, etc.

3. Have your children use the stickers to write a story. They can use some of the stickers in place of words in their story. For example, they might write, "The boy saw a __________." and place the giraffe sticker after the word "a" instead of using the "giraffe".

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Recommended Safari Books


"We All Went on Safari" Book Safari

We All Went on Safari

Join Maasai children as they set off on safari through the grasslands of Tanzania. This book includes a map of Tanzania in East Africa, pronunciation for Swahili numbers, one through ten, the names of the children mentioned in the book and what they mean, and the Swahili names for the African animals the children saw on safari. There are a lot of interesting facts in this book. For example, did you know that the Maasai women usually shave their heads, while the men wear fancy hairstyles and elaborate headdresses? If you can't find this book at your local library, you can buy it at Amazon.com. We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs.



"Starry Safari"

Starry Safari

Join this little girl on a hair-raising safari in her sturdy jeep through herds of wildebeest, detours around buffalo, and through crocodile infested swamps. Take a break and somersault with chimpanzees and help gorillas make their beds. If you can't find this book at your local library, you can buy it at Amazon.com. Starry Safari by Linda Ashman.

Read "Starry Safari" and have your children make a list of all the rhyming words in the story.


Dung Beetle Books

Darrell and Debra Dung Beetle don't get much respect for their job. When a hyena makes a rude remark they decide to stop work. The other animals soon learn that the dung beetles have a very important job even though it seems disgusting.

"How the Dung Beetle Earned Respect"
By T.L. Onstott

How the Dung Beetle Earned Respect

This is a great book to help teach children about respect for others.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful and are reminiscent of colorful African art.

"Poop-Eaters: Dung Beetles in the Food Chain" (Fact Finders)
By Prischmann and Deirdre A

Describes dung beetles, including development, place in the food chain, and how they help the environment.



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