- paper or card stock
- coloring tools for black & white templates
Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft with shapes. Review the head only version for an easier craft.
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, close and below the printed eyes.
- Glue the tusks to the sides of the trunk on the head.
- The pink inner ears are optional, if using, paste centered inside larger ear circles
- Glue ears to the sides of the head behind or in front, whichever is easier for the children.
- Glue square feet over the body circle as shown in the illustration.
- Glue assembled head over body.
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 over the printed eyes.
- Fold the trunk accordion style before gluing.
- If the craft is printed on stiff paper (card stock), then it can be attached to a paper cylinder or toilet paper tube to stand.
- Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to minimum or review Print Help.
Elephant Shapes 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