Angee from Stories for Snuggling and Dresses and Messes is here as my guest today, sharing a fun reading activity for the whole family.


Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert is one of the most unique books I have ever seen!!  The pages are shape cutouts that are stacked on top of each other to make a recognizable animal.  As you turn the pages, a layer is removed, revealing yet another animal picture.  The first page shows a tiger’s face using a circle, square, and triangle.  When you turn the page, the circle is removed, thus revealing a mouse face made with a square and a triangle.  When you turn another page, the square is removed, thus revealing a fox face made with the triangle.  There are three sets of these throughout the book.  The last page of each series shows all the shapes used.  And, as you flip each page, the shape cutout that was just removed is there on the reverse side, along with the name of the shape!  The pictures are bright, colorful, and simple.

So today, we’re making your own Color Zoo to celebrate this story!

Color Zoo Pictures

Supplies for Color Zoo:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • A variety of shape cutouts in different colors and sizes
  • Paper to glue animals on (I like white because it makes the colors POP!)

Storytime Supplies

1. After reading the book, tell your children that you’re going to make your own Color Zoo as a family!  How many different animals can your family create?

2. Put all the shapes in the middle of the table for your children to look at.  Have your children think of an animal they want to make, and help them find different shapes to create that animal.  Sometimes it helps to just start putting shapes together and see what it looks like!

3. When they’re satisfied with their animal, have them glue the shapes together on paper.

4. Add eyes, mouths, whiskers, tails, and the likes with crayons.  It’d be fun to create a “home” for each animal with crayons, or even draw lines like the animal was in the zoo.

5. Display your family’s Color Zoo proudly in your home!! This would also be a fun activity to compile and bind into a book for your bookshelf.  It will definitely be a favorite, I’m sure!

Color Zoo Snake

Thanks, Angee. This book looks like a great one to read with the kids. My kids will love putting together fun shapes. I love all Lois Ehlert’s books, we celebrated Planting a Rainbow last year.