Thumb Printing Animal Art: Zootopia In A Matchbox!

Take thumb printing to an all new level of fun by creating cute li’l animals! If your child loves pets and animals, he/she will enjoy this one! This is an excellent way to give your toddler or preschooler a hands-on (well, in this case — thumbs-on) learning experience. He/She will have a blast roaring and growling with thumbprint animals!

Parental Involvement: Medium

Duration: 20 minutes

Skills Acquired: Imagination, Fine Motor, Academic



  • Matchbox
  • Washi Tape (decorative tape – if unavailable, you can paint instead!)
  • Sketch Pen
  • Glue
  • A pair of scissors
  • White sheet of paper
  • Paint
  • Your thumb!

Instructions for Thumb Printing Animal Art:

  1. Cover the front and back of a matchbox with green paper. Decorate the sides with washi tape.
  2. Till about half the matchbox, cut at the center. Cut the top region as well to form a door-like setup.
  3. Write ‘Zootopia’ on top!
  4. Measure and cut a strip of paper such that it fits inside the box.
  5. Pleat the paper and add thumbprints on each fold.
  6. Add thumbprints of different colours on every page. Using sketch pens, add features such as eyes, antennae, dots, designs, tails, etc. to form the animals/birds/insects. Use your imagination! Don’t forget to name them!
  7. Your kids will learn about different animals!

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Gayathri breathes Harry Potter as much as she breathes air. Yes, a hardcore Potterhead! She loves to play with words, write goofy and humorous articles, dabble in art & craft activities, and crack terrible jokes. Having worked as a copywriter with an ad agency, she is currently a content writer at Flintobox!

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