Design Your Own Zoo Playmat

Today we had an extra visitor at our house and we made up a batch of sandy cloud dough but after quickly realising our play tub was not quite big enough for four pairs of hands, I decided to set up another simple invitation for them all to enjoy. Our #easyplayidea today was to create their own zoo playmat - a perfect activity for mixed ages.

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Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!



To create this invitation you will need - 


  • a large plastic sheet (ours was from a leftover roll of disposable table cloth) but a cheap shower curtain or large piece of paper or cardboard would work just as well
  • lots of textas (we used Sharpies) or crayons 
  • plastic animals (we love our Schleich animals)
  • optional extra - a Zoo Sign (you can find this editable Zoo sign at Early Learning HQ
Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!


To start them all off, I drew in some enclosures and a series of paths leading around the zoo and then left them to it. After some brief discussion between them about what should go where, they all set to work.

Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

There was a lot of talk about which animals belonged where and whether or not they should be grouped in the continents they are native to. All the Australian animals ended up together.

Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

They were also quite careful to include the right sort of vegetation in each enclosure. Bamboo for the pandas, grasslands or savannah for the zebras and jungle for the gorillas.


Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

More and more details kept getting added and I suspect this will keep happening over the coming days.

Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Meanwhile, there was quite the line up in the carpark of Lalaloopsy's waiting for the zoo to open!


Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Finally, as it was starting to get late, the zoo was open!!  



Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Design and make your own zoo playmat! The latest post in our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!


While we drew a zoo on our playmat , you could of course draw anything - a farm, a town, an airport, even the moon! Whatever your child's current interest might be. A zoo was an obvious choice as my children love animals and we've been talking about our coming zoo visit for the past week or so.

If you liked this you might also like my Creative Play board on Pinterest - I often pin pretend play ideas there
Follow Nichole {youclevermonkey}'s board Creative play on Pinterest.

You can read our other #easyplayidea posts - onetwothreefourfivesix and seven and you can also check out the hashtag #easyplayidea on Instagram for more ideas to promote play in your house.


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2 comments

  1. oh this is great! Lots of creativity going on and learning about the animals and their habitat! Thanks so much for sharing at our FB Share Day!

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