- paper or card stock
- coloring tools for black & white templates
Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft with shapes, and it is a good choice for a larger group. Review the full-body version for a craft a bit more challenging.
Recommendation: Review printing and assembly options. Review the suggested learning activities and select the skills you feel need practice.
Printing and assembly options:
Option 1: Print template of your choice, color and decorate if that applies, conduct learning activities below, cut out and assemble.
Option 2: Print black & white template to white paper or your choice of color craft paper, and color. Conduct learning activities, cut out and assemble.
Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:
- Discuss the colors on the template.
- Numbers and pre-math activities: To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
- Have the children sort the shapes by size, from small to large.
- Count how many shapes in each size. You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
Show the small image of the finished craft featured in the template to help the children assemble the craft. Assemble head first.
- To help the youngest kids, you may want to make some light pencil markings for the positioning of the pieces on the head template.
- Have the children practice placing the pieces as if they were assembling a puzzle.
- Glue trunk in the middle and lower half of the head circle.
- Glue the tusks on the sides of the trunk on the head.
- Glue eyes above and close to the trunk.
- Glue and center inner ears (pink circles) inside larger ear circles. The inner ear pieces are optional.
- Glue ears behind or in front, on the sides of the head, whichever is easier for the children.
Other decorations and ideas:
- Write letter Ee elephant behind the craft.
- Trace and cut the pieces from any left over materials.
- Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.
- Paste plastic wiggly eyes instead of paper eyes.
- Fold the trunk accordion style before gluing.
- Tape the craft to a craft stick or lunch paper bag for a puppet.
- Print templates 1, 2 & 3
- Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to minimum or review Print Help.
Elephant Head Craft:
- Science and Social Studies > Learn about the elephant lesson plan and resouces.
- Alphabet > Introduce or review. Level 1 for younger preschoolers, and Level 2 up to first grade level.
Letter E elephant
Letter E elephant