Saturday, August 25, 2012

An Elephant You Can Play With - Toddler Art Project

An Elephant You Can Play With

Age: 18 Months - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 10 min (+ Prep)

Theme: Elephants

Books: Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young, Listen to my Trumpet by Mo Willems (or choose your favorite Elephant & Piggie book)

Construction Paper (heavier/higher quality works best)
Bendy Straws
Adults get to use Scissors and Hole Punch

Prep: Choose different colors of construction paper for the head and body. For the body cut an H shape the size of ¼ of a sheet. For the head, cut a bow tie shape the size of 1/6 of a sheet. Punch two holes in the ‘bar’ of the H and one hole in the center of the head for the straw to feed through.

Activity: Each child gets a pre-cut elephant body, head and crayons. Decorate, draw, scribble! When done, have an adult help feed the long end of the straw through the holes in the head and body, leaving the ‘bendy’ as the trunk. PLAY!

Notes/Tips: Straws come in slightly different diameter, so make sure the ones you have fit snugly in the punched holes. If the straw is too narrow, cut a small ‘x’ with an exacto blade instead of punching holes. The easiest way to size the pieces is to fold the paper into quarters or sixths first. You can also cut multiples easier this way. This easily becomes a big kid project - just let them do the prep themselves.


  1. That is a cute idea. Your daughter looks like she is having a great time with it. Please stop by on Wednesday and link this post to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3. I hope to see you there.

    : 0 ) Theresa

    1. She wasn't so sure when she was first coloring them, but once they were together she LOVED them! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. she is so cute!! Looks like she loved the elephant!

    1. Thank you! I did these with the library tots too - lots of fun! I hope that you enjoy making them too!

  3. Oh, how fun!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    1. Thanks Carrie! Thanks for hosting such a great place to share ideas!