Are you teaching the letter H to your preschooler, kindergartener or toddler? Why not use this free printable hippo craft cut out template? It is so simple kids in all grades will love making him! Glue the hippo craft to a clothespin, a paper plate, paper bag or even a toilet paper roll to turn this giraffe craft into a fun zoo animal puppet!

Free Printable Hippo Craft Template

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You might be wondering if there are other ways to occupy your child this coming weekend.

Then, why don’t you give them some preschool safari craft templates?

Let’s start with this free printable hippopotamus craft template that will encourage your children to practice their scissor skills and allows lots of access in playing with crayons.

This free printable hippo craft template can help your preschooler or kindergartener in learning how to pronounce and write the alphabet letters, especially the letter H.

This easy cut and paste printable is perfect for kids who love hippopotamus and purple color.

Gather all the materials needed and print out this cute printable hippo template to keep your child’s little hands occupied at home.

Need more crafty fun? Check out our Heart Hippo Craft, Rhino Craft and Giraffe Craft. They are perfect for those days when staying indoors is the only thing your family can do!

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Free Printable Cut and Paste Hippo Craft

Free Printable Hippo Craft for preschoolers, toddlers and kindergartners

Ideas for Easy Preschool Paper Hippo Craft

Below are the few lists of incredible ideas on how to incorporate this free printable hippo craft template in your daily life with your children.

1. Amazing Facts About Hippos

Do you know any fun facts about the hippos?

You’ll notice that there are a lot of interesting facts about hippos while making this printable cut and paste hippo craft template.

  • Hippopotamus is a large semi-aquatic mammal with a large barrel-shaped body that is native to Africa.
  • Did you know that hippos are generally considered the third largest land mammal? It’s true!
  • They can reach 12 feet in length and weigh up to 7000 pounds.
  • You would think that hippos are great swimmers because they spend most of their time in water. But did you know that they can’t swim?
  • They walk or stand on surfaces below the water like sandbanks.

Hippos may be one of the most dangerous animals in the world but this free printable friendly hippo craft template won’t harm anyone and can play with your little one for hours.

2. Storytime for Children

Telling stories allows children to improve their imaginations, listening skills and concentration.

Making this cut and paste printable hippo craft template will establish a great bond between parents and children.

If your little one is really fascinated with these purple-colored hippos, they will surely love these children’s books.


3. Easy Preschool Hippo Craft

Making DIY hippo crafts will keep your children productive even during summer break.

We usually focus on easy craft projects to do at home using recycled materials that can be found inside your household.

Let’s make a paper plate hippo craft! First, we paint the whole paper plate grey.

Trace the facial features of this free printable hippo craft template on a construction paper, paint it and cut out.

Glue each piece to the paper plate to complete the hippo’s face.

You can also turn this paper plate hippo craft into a mask by cutting out the holes instead of using the template eyes.

Attach a popsicle stick at the bottom of the hippo’s face so your little one can hold it up.

Looking for the best zoo animal character crafts for your kids? These easy jungle animal crafts have fun cut and paste templates to keep toddlers, preschoolers or even big kids amused for hours. Including our popular lion craft, zebra craft and tiger crafts and many more these are sure to be a big hit with your kids for fun craft activities or even homeschooling lessons. Click here to grab these awesome safari animal character craft templates today.

4. Letter H is for Hippo

Let’s continue the fun learning by including this simple printable hippo craft template to our preschool lesson plan!

You can either print a large letter H, glue it on a cardboard and display it next to the finished hippo craft template or print out a traceable upper- and lower-case letter H worksheets.

Once your preschooler is done making the cut and paste hippo template and traceable letter H worksheets, continue practicing the H sound until they learn how to say the word hippopotamus.

It’s a fun way to work on your child’s pre-reading skills.

We are confident that these amazing hippo craft ideas will provide a lot of fun and knowledge to your toddler, preschooler or kindergartener.

Hippo Craft Supplies Needed

Free Printable Hippo Craft for preschoolers, toddlers and kindergartners

Keep scrolling to get your very own hippo craft today and start with your little ones and their hippo craft buddies today!

Hippo Craft Instructions

Choose which version of this free printable hippo craft template your child wants to create first. Download and print it out on a white construction paper.

Free Printable Hippo Craft for preschoolers, toddlers and kindergartners

Using a pair of scissors, cut out each part of the hippo from the printable template.

Free Printable Hippo Craft for preschoolers, toddlers and kindergartners

Glue the hippo’s cute little tail at the back of the body.

Free Printable Hippo Craft for preschoolers, toddlers and kindergartners

Glue the teeth and close nostrils together, then attach it on the hippo’s face.

Free Printable Hippo Craft for preschoolers, toddlers and kindergartners

Glue the hippo’s head on its barrel-shaped body.

Free Printable Hippo Craft for preschoolers, toddlers and kindergartners

Leave it for a few minutes to completely dry. Your child can play with their very own hippo craft afterwards.

Free Printable Hippo Craft for preschoolers, toddlers and kindergartners

More Options to Choose:

  1. You can print the blank version and trace the cut outs on card stock paper for a sturdier hippo craft,
  2. Print the hippo template in color for a simple and easy rainy day craft or,
  3. Print the blank hippo template and use it as a fun coloring sheet activity and then glue the pieces of the hippo craft together.

Free Printable Hippo Craft Template

Hippo Cut and Paste Craft for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarteners Convertkit


This cute printable hippo craft template has two different versions to keep your children busy during the weekend! We got the plain black and white hippo template so your little one can fill it up with colors and the easy cut-and-paste colored hippo template.

Don’t forget to share your learning plans in the comments. Need more safari animals fun? Check out our packed list of safari animals for simple craft fun with your little ones.  

When you have finished, be sure to share your creation on Simple Mom Project’s Facebook Page and follow me on Pinterest!


Kaitlen D.

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Your kids will have fun learning the Letter H with this free printable Heart Hippo craft. This super cute cut-out & paste Heart Hippo Craft is an ideal preschool art project or printable safari activity for homeschoolers. Enjoy watching your kids bring this printable paper craft alive with their favorite colors then design the adorable Heart Hippo. It’s a zoo animal craft your kids will love, so click here to get your free printable Heart Hippo Craft today! #Hippocrafts #Hippofreeprintables

This easy and simple rhino craft is the perfect addition to any letter R activity you are doing with your preschooler or toddler. Click to download and print the rhino template and glue onto recycled materials like toilet paper rolls, paper plates or even paper bags. Get your zoo animal rhino craft template today! Your kids will love him!

Hippo Cut and Paste Craft for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

Hippo Cut and Paste Craft for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

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