If you're searching for a really easy and inexpensive craft for the kids, this is it. We have turned discarded file folders, you know the ones you already wrote on the tab and stuck somewhere, into fun Jointed Animals.
Any heavyweight paper or cardboard is also suitable to make these cute animals. The first two posted, here in the Arts & Crafts activities section, are a Giraffe and an Elephant. We will be adding additional animals but you can also create, or let the kids create, lots of other animals. Just use the same type body parts and then create a new head to have a different animal.
We used plain pipe cleaners to joint the animals for fun positioning and play. Another option is to make these animals into marionettes, by making a small hole at the top of the head and center of the body. Insert strings and tie to ends of a popsicle stick or little twig.