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Alphabet > Letter E > E is for Elephant

Animals > Mammals > Endangered > Elephant

Colors > Gray and pink

Crafts > Shapes > Easy Shapes Elephant Head

Holidays and Events >
June > Zoo and Aquarium Month
September 22nd > Elephant Appreciation Day

Numbers | Math > Activities:  Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Online Jigsaw Puzzles >
Elephant
The elephant is a highly intelligent mammal and also the largest land animal.  

The children will have fun making an easy shapes elephant head craft and during the process many skills can be addressed. The head can be mounted on a CD.   Many other support materials and related activities are provided to enhance the presentation.  Let's get started.

Activity #1:  Easy Shapes Elephant Head (CD) Craft (10 pieces) Ages 2+ (with help) 

Notes: 
*Head template can be glued to a CD.  This craft has 10 pieces.  
*You may want to assemble some of the pieces ahead of time (pink inner ears) to make the craft easier for children 2 to 3 years old.

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to a wonderful and fun animal:  the elephant!  

There are a number of ways to print and assemble this craft.  Review the options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options:
Option 1:  Print all three templates in color, cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2:  Print all three templates in black and white.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above.
Option 3:  Print black & white template #1 & #2  onto your choice of color craft paper (gray paper for example).   Print template #3 color or black & white version.  Children can color in template #3 (inner ears and eyes - tusks can remain white).  Cut out and proceed as above.

Other decorations and ideas:
1.  The center circle with face features can be glued to a CD.
2.  Trace and cut pieces on fun foam or on Styrofoam trays.
3.  Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  
4.  Replace eye template with wiggly eyes.
5.  Tape to a craft stick (Popsicle stick) for a hand puppet.
6.  Glue head to lunch paper bag for a quick puppet
7.  Fold the trunk template in accordion fashion and then glue.

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose the activities you feel are appropriate for the ages of children.

Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Identify all the shapes and colors:  circles, ovals, crescents, rectangle.   Discuss the colors, on the template (GRAY & PINK) or the colors chosen by the children to color the pieces.  Some children like to discuss the colors as they choose them while coloring or painting the templates.

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting:  Have the children sort the pieces by shape and size.

2. Counting:  Count how many of each shape and size there are.  You may want to write the numbers  on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.

3. Sizing:  Ask the children which are bigger and smaller.  Which are the biggest shapes, which are the smallest shapes.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Learning about Elephants: Animal Facts Activity (offline and online) Ages 3+
Visit and share images for information in the links provided. 
BBC Nature Wild Facts:
1. Asian | Indian Elephant (endangered)
2. Forest Elephant (African)
3. Savannah Elephant (African)

2. Encourage a discussion and dialogue:  *Present this letter Ee Elephant flash cards in color or coloring page version. 
*Ask the children if they have ever seen a real elephant and discuss comments.  *What do they know about elephants.  
*Do they have a favorite story or book / TV elephant character.  
*Read the animal facts in the poster (all ages):  The Elephant section and Elephant Emotions.

Alphabet Activities:  Letter E e Elephant (short sound)

Visit these letter E Elephant activities and printable materials.

Easy Shapes Elephant Head Craft
 CD can be used to assemble craft


illustration only
templates below
Color Templates:
*Template #1
*Template #2
*Template #3

Black & White

*Template #1
*Template #2
*Template #3

Animal Alphabet Flashcard or Mini-Book
E Elephant:

color 
black & white


Alphabet Letter E Elephant Activities

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