E is for Elephant Zoo Craft

E is for Elephant and this elephant zoo craft was for sure a favorite. It’s a unique twist on the usual paper plate elephant mask and your little kids will definitely love it. Don’t forget to add this quick & easy craft idea to your next preschool monthly theme. 

It’s time for E is for elephant and of course the accompanying elephant zoo craft. Spoiler alert: The party noisemaker trunk was all kinds of awesome and he’s still playing with it several days later. 

collage of elephant craft images with text: E is for Elephant Quick & Easy Paper Plate Mask CraftBaby girl’s obviously all about it too. Every time the little guy blows the noisemaker “trunk,” she literally cracks up. It’s the funniest thing ever. Needless to say, this one was a win-win. 

Elephant begins with the letter E.
Elephants are herbivores and spend most of their day eating plants. 
They dig with their tusks and forage for food. 

We took pictures of our E is for Elephant activities the first time around, but we never got the blog post written and published so maybe if I get a little bit of extra time this week I’ll get that done too.

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

I’m loving reminiscing this month as we celebrate having completed all of the Mother Goose Time themes and of course starting over again. 

preschooler holding E is for elephant zoo craft and smiling
The two elephant crafts were a bit different, but if you ask the little guy he’ll tell you that he liked this year’s elephant mak more. I’m sure it’s only because of the party noisemaker, though. Lol… 

preschooler holding cardstock elephant ears up to face
E is for Elephant Zoo Craft

What you’ll need

  • Paper Plate
  • Paper
  • Party Noisemaker
  • Craft Stick
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Paint or Marker

Here’s how to do it

Discuss

  • What are the parts of an elephant’s head? 

Make

  • Invite children to cut out paper elephant ears and glue them onto the paper plate. 
  • Help children make a hole to insert the party noisemaker for the trunk. 
  • Make eye holes and decorate elephant mask as desired
  • Attach craft stick handle. 

Play

  • Encourage children to wear their masks and have an elephant stomp parade around the room. 
  • Blow the noisemaker “trunks” and pretend to trumpet-like elephants. 

Observe

  • Did the child cut independently with scissors? 
  • Did he appear to have control? 

At barely two, the little guy was interested in doing his own thing. At five, he’s been using the Make & Play cards that are included in our preschool curriculum kit and trying to make the projects look just like the example. 

preschooler painting elephant mask zoo craft
First things first, we used tempera paint sticks to paint the paper plate gray and then he cut out elephant ears and glued them onto the paper plate. I was seriously impressed by the little guy’s cutting skills. He free-handed them and they were perfect. 

 preschooler cutting cardstock to make elephant zoo mask
I helped him make holes for the trunk and eyes and he inserted the party noisemaker on his own. 

preschooler holding up paper plate with cardstock elephant ears
He also attached the craft stick with tape. Of course the little guy wanted to try out his elephant mask. It’s a good look for him, don’t you think? 

preschooler holding up elephant mask
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing more of what we’re up to with our A to Zoo Animals theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

More Preschool Zoo Crafts & Activities:

10 Quick & Easy Zoo Craft Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers
5 Tray Play Ideas + Why They’re So Important
A is for Alligator Activities
A is for Alligator Zoo Craft
B is for Bird Activities
B is for Bird Craft
C is for Camel Activities
C is for Camel Craft
D is for Dolphin Activities
D is for Dolphin Craft 
E is for Elephant Craft
The Process is Almost Always More Important Than The Product
F is for Fox Craft
G is for Gorilla Craft
J is for Jellyfish Craft
L is for Llama Craft
T is for Tiger Activities + Curriculum Design
U is for Urchin Craft

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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collage of elephant craft images with text: Quick & Easy Paper Plate Elephant Mask Craft

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