O is for Otter Zoo Craft

Practice creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills with your preschoolers this summer using this O is for Otter Zoo Craft. Your preschoolers are sure to love these adorable zoo crafts. You’re definitely not going to want to miss them!

collage of otter painting images with text: River Otter Zoo Craft for Little KidsToday’s topic is O is for Otter and we’re having lots of fun with this adorable otter painting for kids activity. And while we’re at it, we’re answering the question, “What do you know about an otter?”

cardstock, pokey ball, and ice cream spoon on tray with paint for otter paintingThis post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, please see my full disclosures.

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preschooler using pokey ball to paint on cardstockThis was such a fun process art activity. Exploring different materials and mediums provides a wonderful sensory experience for little learners.

preschooler using ice cream spoon to paint on cardstockNot only that, but painting for kids activities like this one are great for strengthening fine motor skills while learning about visual arts and natural and earth science in an engaging and hands-on way.

preschooler painting on cardstock using pokey ball and ice cream spoonOtter Zoo Craft

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Paper
  • Ice Cream Spoon
  • Shaving Cream
  • Blue Paint
  • Crayons or Markers

preschool painting on cardstock with pokey ball and blue paintHere’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and any additional materials. Mix together the paint and shaving cream.

preschooler using ice cream spoon to paint on light green cardstockPrompts

  • What do you notice about the otter?
  • What tool looks like the shape of an otter? How could you use that tool?
  • What do you think an otter does in the water? How could you make water or waves on your paper?
  • Will you decorate your “otter” (spoon)?


  • Does the child explore using the artistic tools?
  • Does he use a variety of techniques when using the tools?

preschooler's otter painting on cardstockA while back, we learned about otters during our Baby Animals theme with this Otter Balance STEAM, which would coordinate perfectly with today’s otter craft for preschoolers. Learning about animals is a great way for inquisitive preschoolers to explore the world around them.

preschooler's otter paintingDon’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our A to Zoo Animals preschool theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of otter painting images with text: River Otter Zoo Craft for Preschoolers