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Online Jigsaw Puzzles
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
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
Printing and assembly options:
Option 1: Print all three templates in color, cut out,
conduct learning activities below and
Option 2: Print all three templates in black and white.
Children can color, paint or decorate first, cut out and proceed
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
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
3. Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration
4. Add wiggly eyes to the finished craft.
5. Tape or glue against toilet paper tube to make a stand-up
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
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.
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
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+
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
Black & White