Today I want to share with you a few of the elephant activities my son and I did to go with the book Elmer.
Elmer is such a cute book and my little ones really enjoy it.
Elmer is an elephant who isn’t elephant colored, he is patchwork. While he enjoys making the other elephants laugh he feels bad about the way he looks. Eventually, he learns that it is alright to look different and that the other elephants really like him just the way he is.
The first activity my son did was to make an elephant out of a capital letter E. The original idea came from No Time For Flashcards.
My son colored a letter E from Itty Bitty Bookworms as well as a trunk and ear that I drew on the page.
When he was finished we cut everything out and glued it to a piece of construction paper. A wiggly eye finished off his elephant.
Another elephant activity we did was to make a puffy paint version of Elmer.
I first traced an elephant that I printed from teachers.net onto a piece of thin cardboard.
Next, my son mixed up 4 different colors of puffy paint.
You can find out more about how to make homemade puffy paint by clicking the link below.
Homemade Puffy Paint Recipe
My son used cotton swaps to paint the elephant.
He basically just globbed the paint onto the cardboard, trying to fill all of the elephant.
This is what my son’s elephant looked like when he was finished. However, we weren’t quite done at this point.
We put his painting into the microwave for 15 seconds. Then, we looked at it and set the microwave for another 15 seconds.
This is what the elephant looked like after 30 seconds. We ended up microwaving the painting 2 more times (15 seconds each time) for a total of 1 minute.
At this point the painting was completely dry. I thought about cutting the elephant out and putting magnets on the back. However, my little guy wanted to keep it as is.
He son has been carrying around “Elmer” all day. We had a great time with these elephant activities.
What letter are you working on this week?
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