Free Printable ABC Zoo Hats

Get ready for your zoo field trip or just a zoo unit with these free printable Zoo Hats that feature letters of the alphabet!

"Free ABC Zoo Hats" with assembled hat and cut & glue letter pieces

Alphabet Zoo Hats

I’ll find any excuse to make a fun hat for little kids to learn from and wear proudly, and these are no exception. I hope you and your students love these!

Skills Covered

In addition to reviewing zoo animal names, this activity helps children match uppercase letters to their initial sounds.

What’s Included in the Free Printable

There are three differentiated versions of the hat so you can meet the needs of all students:

  1. Color & Wear – This easiest version helps familiarize children with initial sounds.
printed unassembled hat that reads "Let's go to the ZOO" with zoo animals holding signs with initial sound letters
  1. Cut & Paste – In this version, students cut out the animals holding letter signs and match them to the letters on the headband.
printed hat template not yet cut out, with letters on the hat and cutout colored pieces with zoo animals and letters on them
  1. Cut, Paste, & Draw – This version allows children to draw a favorite zoo animal in the center.
hat template with space to draw, shown with zoo animal letter pieces and crayons

Preparation & Materials

These zoo hats are pretty much no-prep unless your students need help cutting. You will need the following supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Crayons, thin markers, or colored pencils
  • Tape, glue stick, or stapler

How to Use

First, talk about each animal and what sound its name starts with. Then, have children color and cut out their hats. Finally, attach the two halves of the hat to form a headband sized to each child.

More Zoo Activities

If you’re looking for more resources to go with your zoo animals unit, you may like some of these resources here on the blog:

Zoo Name Letter Recognition Worksheets

Zebra Line Tracing Activity

Giraffe Phonemic Awareness Game

I also have a couple of larger zoo-themed resources. You can click on the images below to see each of these in my store:

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Happy Teaching!


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