One of our favorite children’s books is Put Me In The Zoo by Robert Lopshire. It is a silly story about a polka-dot leopard named Spot who can change the color of his spots, juggle them, and even move his spots onto the things around him. Throughout the story, he tries to convince two children that he is special enough to live in the zoo.
As a teacher and a mom, I love activities and crafts for kids that are inspired by children’s books. It is a fun way to ask children comprehension questions about the book and extend what they are learning. After reading the book about Spot, we created a Put Me In The Zoo Paper Plate Craft.
How To Make The Put Me In The Zoo Paper Plate Craft:
- Paper plate
- Yellow paint
- Paint brush
- Large googly eyes
- Pom-poms (assorted colors)
- Black marker
- Yellow construction paper
1. Paint the paper plate with the yellow paint.
2. After the paint dries, glue on the large googly eyes and black pom-pom for the nose.
3. Draw a “w” shape for the mouth.
4. Glue the other pom-poms all over the paper plate for the spots.
5. Cut circles out of the yellow construction paper. If your child is just learning how to use scissors, trace the circles on the paper and help your child cut by placing your hand over his or her hand.
6. Glue on the yellow circle for the ears.
Your children are sure to have fun creating a Put Me In The Zoo Paper Plate Craft to look like the main character in the book, Spot and his different color spots.