The first animal we learned about during our Teaching Toddlers: Zoo Week was the big bad elephant! I have always had a fondness for elephants as they are incredibly smart and compassionate – yet big and intimidating. In today’s activity the tiniest zoo keeper in town is helping me to feed the elephants! We will explore their looks, their long trunks, and their love for peanuts!
What You’ll Need:
- Paper Plate
- Cardboard Tube
- Grey Paint
- Yellow and Blue Construction Paper
- Paper Crimper (Optional)
Instructions for the Elephant:
- So to start off you will need to paint your cardboard tube with grey paint, let it dry, and then hot glue it to your paper plate.
- Next, you’ll cut out two large circles for the ears and glue them onto the paper plate.
- To finalize your elephant, just draw on some eyes and a mouth!
Instructions for the Peanuts:
- Cut your yellow paper into peanut shapes and glue the wrong sides together.
- Crimp your paper peanuts to add a little texture!
P.S. If you would rather use real shelled peanuts, go ahead! 🙂
Now for playtime! We picked up the peanuts and put them into our elephant’s mouth one by one. This taught my toddler about an elephant’s diet, how to feed others, and it is a fantastic counting tool as well!
That’s that! This is such a simple teaching tool but it is great for a variety of things! I hope you and your little zoo keeper find it as entertaining as we did!
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