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Alphabet > Letter E > E is for Elephant

Animals > Mammals > Endangered >
Elephant

Books > Elephant theme

Colors >  Gray and Pink

Crafts > Shapes > Easy Shapes
Elephant Craft

Holidays and Events >
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month
*Sept. 22nd > Elephant Appreciation Day

Numbers
>  Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Online activities > Learn about elephants

Online Jigsaw Puzzles > Elephant
The elephant is a highly intelligent mammal.  The African elephant is the largest land animal.  During these activities children can learn some basic facts about this amazing mammal.

The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of an elephant and during the process many skills can be addressed.   Many other printable support materials are provided in the materials column to enhance the presentation.  Let's get started.

Activity #1:  Easy Shapes Elephant Craft  Ages 3+ (11 pieces)

The craft has 11 pieces.  Some younger children may find the assembly process too long.  Suggestion:  Have the children assemble the head first.  Take a break and conduct one of the activities suggested below, then the children can  assemble the body and glue the finished head onto the body.  Children ages 2+ can also do the craft if some of the pieces are pre-assembled. 

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 assemble and make this craft.  Review printing and assembly 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:  For Large Groups:
Print black & white template #1 (as many needed for the group) in white paper or other color paper.  Print template #2  black & white version once.  Replace large body circle template with a small paper plate (children can paint the back of the paper plate).  Trace cut and trace remaining pieces in template #2  onto left over (recycle) matching colored paper or white paper.  

Other decorations and ideas:

1.  Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, add wiggly eyes and draw in feet ovals with a permanent marker or glue templates to Styrofoam trays.
3.  Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  
4.  Add wiggly eyes to the finished craft.
5.  Tape or glue against toilet paper tube to make a stand-up figure.
6.  Fold the trunk template in accordion fashion and then glue.

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of chidren.

Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Identify all the shapes and colors:  circles (head, body & ears) , ovals (small ovals on the legs), crescents (tusks), rectangle (trunk), squares (legs).   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 - all large circles, small circles, crescents, etc.

2. Counting:  Count how many of each shape and size there are.  You may want to write number on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.  In this activity you may want to also count the eyes printed on the face circle.

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.

Alphabet Activity:  Letter Ee Elephant (short sound)

Learning about Elephants: Animal Facts Activity (offline and online) Ages 3+


Elephant Coloring Pages (large images for little hands):
*Useful for easy coloring, painting,  making puppets, flannel board characters, bulletin board decoration (print on solid gray paper and cut out), puzzles (print on solid paper stock and cut out in 4 to 8 pieces have children assemble).

Easy Shapes Elephant Craft

illustration only
templates below

Color Templates
*Template #1
*Template #2

Black & White
*Template #1
*Template #2

Elephant Coloring Pages



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