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Elephants Are Big!


various colors of paint, including black, white, brown, red, green, and blue
construction or other painting paper, some with elephant pictures
and some plain so the children can make their own


Set out enough of the above materials for each child.
What to Do
1. Ask the children if they have seen an elephant. Was it in a zoo?
2. Encourage the children to talk about how big elephants are. Show the children
images of elephants to help the discussion. What color are they? Do they have
tusks? Do the children know anyone who has been to Africa or Asia and seen
elephants in the wild? Are all elephants gray? If an elephant rolls in the mud, is
it a different color? Why would an elephant roll in the mud? Encourage all the
children to participate.
3. Show the children the materials and encourage each of them to paint an
elephant. They can mix colors, such as black and white, to make gray. They
can also paint in grass and the sky and use their imaginations.
Teacher - to - Teacher Tip
* Have any of the teachers at the school, or parents or caretakers, observed
elephants in the wild in Africa or Asia? If so, ask them to talk to the children
about the experience.
Consider the following:
* Can the child tell you where elephants live?
* Can the child describe an elephant, using color and other descriptors?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Art
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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