Elephant from Paper Plates

3 Feb
For the 'Letter of the week - E', since we had already made an elephant in the alphabet craft; I wanted to make something else with the paper plates. But my daughter insisted on making another Elephant. So here it is!

For the ‘Letter of the week – E’, we had already made an elephant in the alphabet craft; so I wanted to make something else with the paper plates. But my daughter insisted on making another Elephant. So here it is!

Things required for 'Elephant from paper plates' craft are: 2 paper plates, 2 pink sheets, goggly eyes, glue, marker pen, pencil, scissors, purple paint and a bowl of water.

Things required for ‘Elephant from paper plates’ craft are: 2 paper plates, 2 pink sheets, goggly eyes, glue, marker pen, pencil, scissors, wooden spatula or ice cream stick, purple paint and a bowl of water.

Get your toddler/preschooler to paint the back side of the plates with the purple paint and leave them to dry. I used the foam brush cause its easier for my daughter to use.

Get your toddler/preschooler to paint the back side of the plates with the purple paint and leave them to dry. I used the foam brush cause its easier for my daughter to use.

Draw and cut 2 ears and a trunk from the pink papers. (The truck couldn't make it in this picture)

In the meanwhile, draw and cut 2 ears and a trunk from the pink papers. (The truck couldn’t make it in this picture)

Once the plates are dry, stick ears on inside of the one of the plate.

Once the plates are dry, stick the ears on the inside of one of the plates.

Following with the spatula/ice cream stick to be glued half way at the bottom of  the plate.

Following with the spatula/ice cream stick to be glued half way at the bottom of the plate.

Now stick the other plate on top of this.

Now stick the other plate on top of this.

Add the trunk in the center.

Add the trunk in the center.

Put the goggly eyes on either side, above the trunk.

Put the goggly eyes on either side, above the trunk.

With the marker pen make folds on the trunk and add a smile. Your Elephant is ready!

With the marker pen make folds on the trunk and add a smile. Your Elephant is ready!

Early Learning goes a long way in your child’s education and upbringing. Amongst the very important things to learn for a toddler or preschooler are hand-eye coordination, 5 senses, practice fine and gross motor skills, balance, and muscle development. A lot of this can be practiced at home with crafts and activities under adult’s supervision. Playing with colors, pots and pans, brushes, sponges, glue; reading books, pretend play, all seem like child’s play to us but are actually helping your toddlers/preschoolers develop their minds and bodies.

Please make sure all the activities mentioned in this blog are done under adult supervision. If your children are still putting things in their mouths, then avoid activities with small particles that can cause chocking hazards. Also, all steps in the articles that involves a pencil, knife, pair of scissors or any sharp objects should be performed by an adult.

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