11 Must Make Easy Tiger Crafts for Kids


Roar! Do you have a Tiger obsessed child in the house? Are you covering a “Wild Animals Study unit”? Or are you planning for Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger 2022? Well… whatever you are working on, if TIGERS is part of creative theme, take a look at these super fun and easy Tiger Crafts for Kids! Lots of great DIY Tiger Activities…

Wonderful Homemade Tiger Ideas for kids!

Easy Tiger Crafts - year of the tiger
First shared in July 2021

As mentioned already, these easy tiger crafts are prefect for Chinese New Year.. and a great way to explore chinese culture and the Zodiac Animals! Combine these tiger activities with our collection of Dragon Crafts and have Chinese New Year sorted this January, ready for 1st February 2022!

But of course these Tiger Activities and projetcs go beyond the animals of the Chinese zodiac and would also be suitable for celebrating India’s Independence Day – as the Tiger is the national animal of India.

You could also make these tiger crafts as any part of the a Henri Rousseau’s study unit, looking at his famous Tiger in a Tropical Storm or Surprised! painting! Especially when recreating some of the Tiger Collage Projects outlined below!

And then of course there is International Tiger Day on the 29th July!

Whatever festivities you are celebrating.. if you love tigers… read on this January and get crafty!

How do you make a Tiger craft?

Are tiger crafts difficult to make, I hear you ask. Many people think you need to be really good at art or drawing to make a cute tiger craft with kids. Not so! We have a number of easy Tiger projects for you today, that break down the tiger theme into simple shapes – easy for you and the kids to have a go at! We also use lots of different materials to make these tiger crafts – from simple paper tigers, to fun with felt finger puppets. As always, work with what you have and have fun!

What is the Year of the Tiger? And when is it?

I thought today’s collection of easy tiger crafts for kids would be wonderful for the Year of the Tiger! What is the Year of the Tiger? The year of the Tiger is part of the Chinese Zodiac animals. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger (the Year of the Tiger isn’t unilt 2034! But who knows, you may be reading this in 2034!!!). Chinese New Year in 2022 is on 1st February! Enjoy.

What are the characteristics of the Year of the Tiger?

China Highlights tells us: People born in a year of the Tiger are brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident. They are very charming and well-liked by others. But sometimes they are likely to be impetuous, irritable, and overindulged. Why not pop over and find out more?

When is International Tiger Day?

International Tiger Day is celebrated on the 29th July. International Tiger Day was created to help raise public awareness of Tigers and assist with conservation projects.

What about other Zodiac Animal Crafts?

Fear not! We have lots of Zodiac Animal Crafts for you to browse – so if you are looking for a monkey, ox, rat, snake, pig, rooster, rabbit, goat, horse, dog or dragon craft, do take a look at these collections:

You can explore all the different animals that make up the zodiac signs in the Chinese calendar! A great addition to any seasonal lesson plans!

11 Cute Tiger Themed Crafts

I will begin with some Paper Tiger Crafts for kids. It is a bit of a mix.. some of these Tiger Crafts are great for the 5yrs+ age group, and some suitable as Tiger Crafts for Preschoolers. But I have put them all here together, so you can see them all and choose for yourself!

Birthday Tiger Card

As you know we have a thing about Pop Up Cards and a few months ago, made these adorable heart Pop Up Tiger Cards that you can customise to suit any occasion – e.g. us them as birthday cards, Chinese New Year cards or make them as Tiger Valentine’s Day Cards. So sweet!

TIger Corner Bookmark Designs

Similarly, we can resist a Corner Bookmark design.. and as with many of our crafts, have a Tiger Bookmark Corner too! A quirky craft, that is quick and easy to make.

Origami Tigers

Super simple Origami Tiger Face for kids! Learn how to make this origami tiger in just a few simple steps. Combine the paper tiger face with a greeting card or add to a collage for extra arty fun! The video tutorial for this is also on auto play here on this post!

Tiger Hand Puppet

Our fun with paper tigers continues! Now you have made some origami Tigers.. why not give these fun Paper Tiger Puppets a go? I love that no tiger templates are needed to make these cute little guys. Learn how to make the basic paper hand puppet and decorate as tigers! You can also “borrow” some features from our Tiger Bookmark above, if you would like to mix up the “look” a little with teeth and big eyes!

Handprint Tiger art projects for preschoolers

As we have a WHOLE Handprint Animal ABC… it is hardly surprising that we also have a Handprint Tiger Craft for you. It isn’t just ONE handprint tiger, but different handprint tiger versions.. so you pick the one you like best (one includes the side of your hand too!). So fun.

Simple tiger craft

Super simple Tiger Art Project for little ones! This is a simple printable activity for kids. Grab your free Tiger Template and make this fun printing project for preschoolers.

MORE Tiger DIYs for Kids

The tiger craft coming up next, use a variety of materials or come from the big wide web! Enjoy!

Paper plate tiger

I LOVE these Paper Plate Tigers for two reasons – firstly, they **Rock**… as in they rock from left to right.. of course they “rock” in that they are super cool too! Teehee. And secondly.. you can make these as arty on “unarty” as you like. I used a little paint to and pens to decorate these, but you can use just pens, or use orange paper plates and some paper, or make collage the tiger using orange tissue paper… the possibilities are endless. And as always, work with what you have and don’t get any additional supplies!

Cardboard Tube Tiger

Learn how to make a Cardboard Tube Tiger Gift Box! A cute recycled craft that the kids will love. Either make these TP Roll Tigers as a play set or you can also use them as a gift box!

tiger paper hat

A super simple Tiger Hat to make with toddlers and younger kids.

Cute and Easy Tiger Crafts from my friends around the web!

Rousseau art project

Kathy’s Art Projects – here is a lovely vibrant tiger themed art project that kids can do either as a Henri Rousseau study unit or for a Chinese New Year celebration. If making this for Chinese New Year, you could incorporate reds and golds in your collage and maybe some Chinese symbols.

collage tiger

Make It Your Own has some gorgeous recycled projects that are really child friendly and hands on. I particularly love this recycled magazine tiger collage. Working with magazine cut outs and creating collages like this is a wonderful “must make” experience for kids.

tiger finger puppets

My friend Moms and Crafters has some lovely Free Tiger Finger Puppet Templates for you to sign up for! So cute. They are a great sewing project to get kids having a go. Then finish them off for them with a little hot glue!

Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year Crafts here:

Great Chinese New Year's Ideas for Kids

As well as our collection of Chinese Zodia Animal Activities here:

Exploring Chinese New Year with Animal Crafts for the Chinese Zodiac
year of the tiger crafts