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September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day.


  • white tagboard
  • scissors
  • gray construction paper
  • white glue
  • stapler
  • black marker
  • 25 mm wiggle eyes

What to Do

  1. Make tagboard patterns for an elephant head, trunk, tusks, and ears (see page 70).
  2. Help children trace the head, ears, and trunk on gray paper. Cut out.
  3. Help children trace the inside of the ears on pink paper. Cut out.
  4. Let the children glue wiggle eyes, ears, tusks, and trunk to their elephant's head.
  5. When dry, make a headband the size of each child's head.
  6. Help the children staple the headband to the elephant head.
  7. Demonstrate how to curl up the end of the trunk.
  8. Encourage the children to put on their elephant headbands and play. If desired, have the children walk like elephants with their arms hanging low.

More to Do

Geography: Find Africa and India on a map or globe.
Group or Circle Time: Discuss the differences between African and Indian elephants. Explain that African elephants have larger ears and tusks than Indian elephants. They also have two finger-like extensions on the ends of their trunks. Indian elephants have just one finger-like extension, and more of a hump in their backs.
Language: Talk about elephant terminology. The mother is a "cow," the father is a "bull," and the baby is a "calf."

Related Book

The Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn Jackson


Submitted by Mary Brehm, Aurora, OH.

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