Goats are such funny animals! They pop up in fairy tales, alphabet books, and on farmyard field trips. Here are thirteen goat crafts that you can integrate into your classroom for a variety of ages to enjoy. These activities are also appropriate for Summer camps and enrichment experiences at home.
1. Billy Goat Gruff
This is an easy paper plate craft. Using inexpensive paper plates, some markers or paint, and googly eyes, students can craft their own paper plate goat. Decorate the classroom with students’ artwork for parents’ night!
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2. Goat Mask Craft
This is a fun activity to round out reading Billy Goats Gruff or another popular book about goats. After storytime, ask students to construct their own goat masks based on characters in the story. They could then reenact the story or act out a new story altogether!
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3. G is for Goat
This craft for kids is a great way to incorporate literacy into craft time. Students color in the letter G on the goat worksheet, trace the letters and then add pieces from the goat template to make the goat’s face. This is a great activity for preschoolers.
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4. Storytelling Wheel
After reading the classic story about three mountain goats defeating the mean troll, students can construct this storytelling wheel. Help students develop sequencing skills by having them retell the story. This is a unique way to develop students’ literacy skills rather than having them fill out a worksheet.
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5. Goat Headband Craft
Amp up the fun while reading any book about farm animals by making animal headbands for your students to wear. Use this goat template to construct ears and horns on plastic headbands. While this crafter sewed some of the pieces, strong fabric glue will probably also do the trick.
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6. Goat Origami
Help students learn a new craft with this goat origami tutorial. After reading The Goat in the Rug or another classic farm animal book, students can make their own goats. Since this activity requires more developed concentration skills, it’s probably best suited to upper elementary students.
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7. Toilet Paper Roll Goat
Celebrate a silly book like Huck Runs Amuck with a toilet paper roll goat. The goat is constructed with a toilet paper roll, pipe cleaners, and construction paper. Again, because this requires strong motor skills and some advanced cutting, it’s best for upper elementary students.
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8. Fairy Tale Model
Students can retell a classic goat story–Billy Goats Gruff–using this story mat. This is also a more concrete way for students to start mapping story elements like setting, characters, conflict, and resolution. Encourage students to get creative about their story mat while still using all the required elements.
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9. Billy Goat Puppets
This is such a fun goat-themed preschool activity! Rather than reading the classic fairy tale, act it out with popsicle stick puppets. After storytime, leave these puppets out for students to play with and begin developing their own storytelling and collaborative skills.
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10. Build a Goat
This easy-to-print goat template is a great way for students to practice fine motor skills. They can color the pieces, cut them out and then construct their own goat. This is also a fun activity for an indoor recess day.
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11. Printable Goat Template
This is similar to the template above but has slightly more advanced construction and smaller pieces. The printable craft is also an opportunity for students to develop spatial reckoning. Or, make it a communication exercise by asking students to construct it blindfolded with the help of a partner.
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12. Cute Goat Paper Bag
This paper bag goat is an inexpensive way to celebrate learning the letter G. You only need a handful of supplies: a paper bag, glue, scissors, and the template. This craft would be a fun Summer enrichment for students to complete at home or fun for preschoolers during the year.
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13. Farm Animal Craft
This is a fun and easy goat head craft for kids. Print out the various template pieces on colored construction paper. Then, ask students to cut them out and construct their own dairy goat. Complete the piece by adding cotton balls for “hair” and a “beard”.
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