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Paper Plate Elephant Craft

Paper Plate Elephant Craft Kids Can Make


What you will need:

Two dinner-sized paper plates (heavy duty is best, but the cheap ones will work),

3 Snack-Sized Paper Plate

Four, 5-ounce Dixie Cups

Cardboard Tube or TP Roll

Grey, Black and Pink Paint

Hot Melt Glue Gun or Stapler

Tacky Glue

Black Markers


How to Make the Elephant Paper Plate Craft:

1. Make the four legs first. Cut the side seams (the part of the cup that has been glue together) out of the cup and then squeeze the sides together rolling the sides over each other and glue them together with a hot melt glue gun. If you don't have a glue gun, staple them together. You want to make the top part of the cup much smaller. Do this for all four legs. Make a crease on both sides of the legs at the top of the cups so that the seams are on the bottom. Cut about one inch down on each side and slide them onto a dinner sized paper plate that is set upright so that the seams of the legs are facing down. Glue or staple them to the plate.

Paper cup legs
Paper cup legs

2. Turn another dinner sized paper plate upside down and glue or staple it on top of the plate with the feet.

3. Paint the feet black and the legs grey and let them dry while you work on the head.

4. To make the head paint the bottom side of a snack-sized paper plate and cardboard tube or TP roll grey and let them dry. Fold it in half when it is dry so that the grey is on the outside. Flatten one end of the roll and glue it to the head fro the trunk.

5. Cut out two ears shapes from snack-sized paper plates and glue them to the back of the head.

6. Glue the head onto the body as shown in the picture.

7. Draw eyes on a piece of card stock, cut them out and glue them to the head.

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Egg Carton Elephant Craft for Kids

Elephant Craft - Egg Carton Elephant Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Paper Egg Cartons

Markers (Any type will work)

Paint (Any type)

Tacky Glue

Scissors - Use small scissors with very short blades that are good for snipping if you have them. This will make it much easier to cut the egg carton. Fiskars Kids Classic Pointed Tip Scissors work great.

How to Make Egg Carton Elephant:

egg carton elephant Craft Diagram 1

1. To make the elephant's body cut a cup (the part that holds the egg) off the egg carton.

Cut a half circle shape out of the cup on the side that was the outside edge of the carton to make the leg shapes. (See picture to the right).

egg carton elephant Head diagram

2. To make the head, trunk, and ears print out the pattern and cut it out.

Member's Egg Carton Elephant Pattern

Free Digital Download Egg Carton Pattern

Place the pattern so that the trunk part covers one of the long center cones and each ear is inside a connecting cup. (See picture to the left.) Trace the pattern onto the carton and cut it out.

You don't have to use the pattern; you can just follow the diagram to the right.

egg carton elephant craft for kids

3. Color or paint the head and body if desired and add eyes. You can also glue on tiny wiggle eyes if you would like.

4. Glue the head to the body.

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Elephant Games

elepant sock trunk

Pass the Peanut Relay Game - Tell the class that they are going to pretend to be elephants. Give each child a sock to put on his or her hand (this is their trunk). If you have a large class break them in half or into teams. Give each team a peanut. The first team to pass the peanut to all the team members and back to the first player wins. If you have a small class just have the children pass the peanut from person to person until it comes back to the start. Use a timer to see how long it takes and then do it a second time to see if they can beat their time.

Guess What is in the Box Game - Bring in a box full of different objects. Have the children take turns being the elephant. Children put socks on their hands and then reach into a box and try to guess what they are feeling with their "trunk".

Elephant Walk - Did you know that elephants walk on their toes? The soles of their feet are made of thick elastic pads that flatten with each step. Because they are so big and weigh so much, this elastic pad gives them bounce in each step. Have the children walk on their toes. Then, try to do some pattern walking. Have everyone stand in a circle. Then, call out a pattern and have everyone walk that way around the circle. For example, step, slide, tiptoe, step, slide, tiptoe. Give each child the opportunity to take up the pattern.

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Elephant Art

Elephants Can Paint Too

Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold

Katya Arnold teaches children and elephants how to paint. In her book she explains how elephants are a lot like the children she teaches -- they even like cookies. They love to wrestle, climb on each other, and act silly. They scream and even cry when they are sad.

Just like children, each elephant is unique. They all have their own techniques when it comes to painting. Some elephants wrap their trunks around the brush to hold it, while others hold it inside their trunks. Some elephants drag the brush over the paper, while others dab. Some will paint for as long as an hour, while others are finished in just a few minutes. Most elephants don't paint real things, but they can be taught to paint trees and flowers. Many of the paintings are sold and the profits are used to help the elephants. Go to www.elephantart.com to watch videos of elephants painting and view their masterpieces. You can even buy one yourself!

Paint Like an Elephant - Tape a large paint brush to the top of your children's hands to give them a different feel for the brush. Encourage them to pretend they are elephants and use long flowing stroke and dabs of paint to make their pictures.

*One elephant painting sold for $39,000!



Elephant Recipes

1. Baked Elephant Ears

What you will need: One stick of pie crust mix, medium mixing bowl, measuring spoons, hot water, fork, wood board, all-purpose flour, baking sheet, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, and a shaker or spoon.

How to Make Elephant Recipes:

1. Have adult break the pie crust into little pieces in the bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of hot water. Mix with fork till the dough sticks together.

2. Sprinkle the wood board with flour. Pat your hands with flour. Form the dough into a big ball on the board and divide into 4 parts. Form each part into a ball. To make elephant ears, use your whole hand to flatten each ball. Press hard so that the dough gets thinner. It should be about 1/4 inch thick.

3. Place each piece of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Place in shaker. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar topping on your elephant ears. Be careful not to get the sugar on the baking sheet. Have adult bake at 350: for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. (Sent in by Narita Roady)

2. Make Elephant Heads

What you will need: can biscuits (each child needs two biscuits) - cinnamon sugar - 2 raisins - a craft stick and the foil or baking paper same as above.

How to Make Elephant Heads:

Give each child two biscuits. Have them place one biscuit and flatten just a little. Next with craft stick have them cut other biscuit into 3 pieces with the middle piece being narrow (this is the trunk) the 2 outside pieces are the ears.
Add to the biscuit - the 2 ears and put trunk in the middle. (Have them press the edges down so they stick to the biscuit . Add raisin for eyes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake until golden brown. The children love to eat them while still warm. (Sent in by Narita Roady)

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Elephant Math Games

1. Practice Counting - Pretend to be elephants by putting a sock on your hand. Place a bowl of peanuts on the table. Grab some peanuts with your "elephant trunk". Count how many you can pick up. If your child can already count well, use this game to practice your addition facts. Pick up two handfuls of peanuts count each handful and then add them together.

2. Review Addition Facts with Peanuts - Show your child a certain number of peanuts in your right hand. Have him count them. (Use peanuts in their shells) Use your left hand to take a certain amount of peanuts from your right hand. Keep the peanuts you have taken hidden in your left hand. Show your child how many peanuts are left in your right hand. Let him count them. Ask him how many peanuts are hidden in your left hand. Let him see the hidden peanuts and count them to see if he is correct. Put both your hands side by side and have him count all the peanuts together.

You can also write the math fact down after the child has counted the hidden peanuts in your hand. For example, start with four peanuts, have your child count them. Take away two peanuts and hide them in your other hand. Show your child that you have only two peanuts left in your hand. Let him count them. Then ask him how many peanuts you have in your other hand. He should say two. Open up your other hand and let him count them. Put your hands side by side and say, "Two plus two equals four" and then write the problem on a piece of paper.

Put all the peanuts back in your right hand and do the same thing but pick up a different amount of peanuts and hide them in your left hand. Add more peanuts once your child has mastered a certain number of peanuts to make it harder.

3. Graphing Animal Crackers - Depending on the age of your children, make up a grid pattern. Give them a handful of crackers or use the whole box. Show them how to make a graph of the animals showing how many of each animal they have. If you have older children, they can also graph the 1/2 and 1/4 animals that are broken.

4. How Many Peanuts? - (Estimating) Bring in a jar full of peanuts. Ask the children to estimate how many peanuts they think are in the jar. Count the peanuts together. Who was the closest? Then, gather several other containers of different sizes and ask the children to estimate how many peanuts will fit in each container.

5. Measuring - An adult African elephant’s trunk is about seven feet (two meters) long! Have your child decide what he thinks is about seven feet. Cut a piece of yarn or rope that long or draw a line about 7 feet on the sidewalk. Use a measuring tape to see how close your child got to seven feet.

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Elephant Reading

Elephant Magic for Kids (Animal Magic for Kids)

Elephants: Elephant Magic for Kids (Animal Magic for Kids)

Did you know that an elephant can run up to 35 miles per hour, it walks on its tiptoes, its trunk has more than 150,000 muscles, and it has a great memory? You and your children can find out these and even more interesting facts about elephants in this book.

After reading all about elephants in this book, ask your children to see if they think they have great memories like the elephant. Challenge them to listen carefully and try to remember all the things the animals did to try to keep the elephant from sneezing in the following book. (You should be able to get these books at your local library.)


"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!

Read "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"by Patricia Thomas

Have your children see if they can remember all the things the other animals did to try to keep the elephant from sneezing.

Read "Engelbert the Elephant" by Tom Paxton - In this story Engelbert the Elephant really stood out in the crowd. Your children will love the story and the wonderful illustrations by Steven Kellogg.

Is It Spelled With a "Ph" or an "F"? Have your child study the following words and write them on peanut shapes: Gopher, phase, phone, photo, nephew, dolphin, elephant, trophy, enough, foam, sheriff, effort, fudge, fume, focus, cuff, loaf. Mix up the peanuts and place them in a pile. Pick up the peanut on the top of the pile and read the word. Ask your child if it is spelled with an "f" or a "ph". If he says, "f", place it in an "f" pile. If he says, "ph", place it in a "ph" pile. When you have gone through all the peanuts turn over all the cards. See if any of the peanuts are in the wrong pile. Try again if your child missed some.

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Make Standout Elephant Displays That Compare the Two Types of Elephants - First read about the difference between Asian and African elephants. Print out two copies of the Elephant Display Paper onto card stock. Fold the papers in half on the dotted lines. Cut two slits in the paper at the two dark lines. Unfold the paper and fold it in the opposite direction, but leave the middle part folded in the same direction. Push out the middle part and fold the paper down creasing the paper at the short dotted lines. Your paper should look like the diagram on the right.

Print out the Elephant Pictures and cut them out leaving a straight line at the bottom (See picture). Glue the elephants onto your display paper on the front of the rectangle that pops out. Have your child write the type of elephant on top of the paper and a description of that type on the lines below.

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Elephant Songs

The Elephants Are Here!
(A movement song to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")
(By Narita Roady)

The elephants are here! (Look excited)
The elephants are here!
Look at all the elephants! (Shade eyes as if looking)
The elephants are here!

They're exercising now. (March in place, keeping feet on floor, pumping arms)
They're exercising now.
Look at all the elephants!
They're exercising now.

(Have kids name various exercises and do them--tricky while singing!)
They're jumping up and down!
They're jumping up and down!
Look at all the elephants!
They're jumping up and down!

They're doing push ups now
They're touching all their toes
They're spinning 'round and 'round

Keep going until kids are EXHAUSTED
Sing the last verse slowly as sink to floor and lie down on backs
They're all exhausted now...
They're all exhausted now...
Look at all the elephants...
They're all exhausted now...
ZZZZZZZ (Lots of snoring)

Did You Ever See an Elephant?
(Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie?)
(Written by Narita Roady)

Did you ever see an elephant
An elephant, an elephant,
Did you ever see an elephant
Spray water with her trunk?
Spray water all over,
Spray water all over,
Did you ever see an elephant
Spray water with her trunk?

Did you ever see an elephant
An elephant, an elephant,
Did you ever see an elephant
Eat peanuts with her trunk?
Throw peanuts in her mouth,
Throw peanuts in her mouth,
Did you ever see an elephant
Eat peanuts with her trunk?

Did you ever see an elephant
An elephant, an elephant,
Did you ever see an elephant
Hug her baby with her trunk?
Wrap it this way and that way,
And this way and that way,
Did you ever see an elephant

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