Did you know who fascinating giraffes are?

  • Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are taller than many humans!

  • They can run as fast as 56 km an hour over short distances.

  • A giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground. That’s why they need to awkwardly spread their front legs or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.

  • Giraffes only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.

  • A giraffe’s spots are like human fingerprints. No two individual giraffes have exactly the same pattern!

  • Giraffe’s have two hair-covered horns called ossicones. Male giraffes use these horns to sometimes fight with other males.


Materials required:

  1. A3 white page, 200 – 240g paper

  2. Pencil

  3. Eraser

  4. Permanent Marker

  5. Black pen (optional)

  6. Water Colour Paint

  7. Thick and 1 thin / medium brush

  8. Water in a jug

  9. Hand towel

step by step

Scared that you will forget some of the steps? Download and print a step by step  "cheat sheet" to keep handy whilst presenting your class. Download the PDF here.

The two hair-covered horns on a giraffe’s head are called ossicones. In case you were wondering, this is how you pronounce Ossicones.

We use warm colours for the giraffe and cool colours in the background. Print out the colour wheel to explain the difference versus warm and cool colours.

Warm colours: red, yellow, and orange; evoke warmth because they remind us of things like the sun or fire.

Cool colours: blue, green, and purple; evoke a cool feeling because they remind us of things like water or grass.