Deer Printable Crafts for: Caribou or Reindeer, Elk or Wapiti, Moose
Preschool Printable Activities and Crafts

Activities Materials

This easy craft can be adapted for activities related to members of the deer family (Cervids): the caribou or reindeer, American elk | wapiti, or moose.

Note: The reindeer activities and craft can be tied to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas story activities

Christmas accessories (candy cane and message card) can be added to all animal options.

Select a theme to introduce one of the animals -- forest animals, the arctic or Canadian Wildlife for a Canada Day theme for example.

Science/Social Studies:
Activity 1: Learn about Deer - Cevidae Family
Deer | Kinds of Deer: Caribou | Reindeer | Moose (the largest type of deer primarily in Canada) called elk in Europe | American Elk or Wapiti at

Prepare an interesting display or coloring book with your choice deer family images, refer to the coloring pages in the materials Idea: Print the coloring pages directly on tan, brown color paper, cut-out and make a simple mural.

Activity 2: Alphabet Printable Activities > Review alphabet options in the materials column.

Activity 3: Printable Craft > Deer
Option 1: Print color template cut out, conduct learning activities of your choice below and assemble.
Option 2: Print black & white for any of the animal options. Children can color, paint or decorate first. Optional: Color-by-Number or Letter - Add numbers or letters to the templates for a color and add a small chart on the bottom of the page with a sample of the color and number so children can match and color the pieces.
Option 3: For large groups 6 or more. Print your choice of color or black and white of craft template, accessories for large groups (candy canes-6 in one page) and (message card-6).

Craft Assembly (after pieces are decorated and cut out)

  1. Show the small image of the finished craft featured in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.
  2. Glue antlers behind or front of head, whichever is easier.
  3. Glue tongue
  4. Glue "cheeks" on top of tongue allowing some of the tongue template to show, and glue
  5. Glue nose over 'cheeks'.
  6. Optional: glue candy cane and message card on antlers. Write a short holiday message or the name of children to identify each craft.

    Other decorating ideas:
    1. Tape the craft to a craft stick (Popsicle stick) to make a hand puppet.
    2. Add a looped ribbon or piece of yarn to hang as an ornament on the Christmas tree.
    3. Use the craft to decorate plain gift bags, or as a large gift tag for a large gift.
    4. Glue a small picture on the message card.

Learning Activities:
Simon Says Game with Questions:
Review possible discussion questions for a particular deer you choose to discuss below -- the answers can be obtained from the resources above.

Write your choice of questions on cards. Make sure all are discussed and answered first. Then play a Simon says game variation. Pull a question card from a bag or basket. Have the children line up and place a covered surprise (cupcakes, cookies, see below a recipes). Place the surprise six to eight steps away -- this would be snack time when game is completed. Pull a question from the basket and read. Allow the children to discuss among themselves what they will answer as group. One leader gives the right answer. When answered correctly the children can move forward one step. Continue until all are answered - limit to about 4 to 6 questions. Ideas: Snack time could be at this point, surprise the children with Reindeer Treat Cup Cakes (or call them any name of animal that is discussed) recipe below.

1. What type of animal is a ____________?
2. What does the _________ eat?
3. Where and in what type of climate/environment does the ________ live?
4. If focusing on the reindeer. What is a reindeer called in North America? Caribou
5. What is the correct name for the ______ "horns"? Antlers.
6. Do both male and female __________ have antlers and what do they use them for?
7. Most of these animals shed and grow back their antlers, which doesn't.

Deer Theme Treat Cup Cakes
1. Prepare your favorite cup cake recipe
2. Prepare or buy frosting/ icing and color it brown with food coloring
1. Antlers: break pretzels in half for two antlers and insert on either side of the cup cake
2. Nose: Half a maraschino cherry
3. Eyes: Small Hershey kisses or other small candy (M&M's) for eyes.

Craft Deer Family
Printable Craft - Caribou, Deer, Elk, Moose, Reindeer or Wapiti

Black & white

Christmas Accessories
1 Candy cane & card

*Black & white

or visit:
rudolph reindeer printable craft
Rudolph the Red Nosed

Alphabet Printable Activities
letter d deer printable activities
Letter D Deer

letter e elk printable activities
Letter E Elk
(American Elk or wapiti)

letter m moose printable activities
Letter M Moose

letter r reindeer printable activities

Letter R Reindeer

letter w wapiti printable activities
Letter W wapiti
(wapiti or American elk)

deer family cervids coloring pages
Deer family (Cervids) coloring pages

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