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While on Letter E Week with Art the Alphabet, we couldn't help but include perhaps the most popular Letter E animal - the elephant!

Start with:

  • Egg Carton
  • Cardstock
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut four portions of the egg carton.

Step 2: Paint the egg carton and allow to dry.

Step 3: From cardstock, cut two ears.

Step 4: Glue the ears to each side of the egg carton portion.

Step 5: From cardstock cut out eyes.

Step 6: Glue the eyes to the top two portions of the egg carton.

Step 7: Wind a pipe cleaner into a circular spring shape.

Step 8: Glue the pipe cleaner to the egg carton.

Step 8: From cardstock, cut a bow and add polka dots if you'd like.

Step 9: Glue the bow to the elephant.

Elephants are such fascinating animals. There are so many interesting books about elephants. Check out a few of your favorites from the library and include this fun craft for a lesson about elephants!

Do you discuss emotions with your little one? Maybe he or she is frustrated and  not quite sure how to express those emotions? We created this Emotions Wheel to aid in discussing big feelings with little ones.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper Fastener
  • Single Hole Punch (optional)

Step 1: Cut a large circle from cardboard. (We used a large bowl to trace the circle.) Paint if you'd like and allow to dry - we used cardboard that was already printed red.

Step 2: Cut six smaller circles from cardboard. (We used a cup to trace the small circles.)

Step 3: Paint the small circles and allow to dry.

Step 4: Cut facial features from cardstock and glue to each circle. We made faces for Happy, Sad, Surprised, Angry, Sleepy and Scared.

Step 5: Glue the circles around the edges of the large circle.

Step 6: Cut a few small squares from cardboard. Glue two to the center of the circle. 

Step 7: Cut a triangle and rectangle. Glue the shapes together to form an arrow. Punch a hole at the end of the arrow.

Step 8: Punch or poke a hole in the center of the last small cardboard square.

Step 9: Insert the paper fastener - already connected to the arrow - into the square. Glue the final square on top of the other squares.

Use in a lesson/discussion on emotions or as a fun way to communicate emotions!

We are focusing on a letter each week and making our way through the alphabet with art, crafts and activities. From Donuts to Dinosaurs to Dogs - Letter D week was so much fun! 

D is for Dinosaur! Click here for tutorial.

D is for Donut Counters! Click here for tutorial.

D is for Dog Rescue! Click here for tutorial.

D is for Dog - a textured painting project! Click here for tutorial.

For more Art the Alphabet weeks, click here for our Letter A recap, here for our Letter B recap and here for our Letter C recap!

We really enjoy math and there are so many ways to have fun with these little Mini Donut Counters! Use to introduce addition or subtraction concepts, add numbers 1-10 in sprinkles and have your child place them in order, or make two of each exactly alike with different colors of frosting for color matching. So many fun ways to use these simple to make donuts!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Small Cup or Container for Tracing
  • Scissors
  • Pen or Marker
  • Cardstock
  • Glue

Step 1: Trace and cut circles from cardboard. We used a single serving yogurt cup for tracing for our circles.

Step 2: From cardstock, cut frosting shapes.

Step 3: Glue frosting shaped cardstock to cardboard circles.

Step 4: Cut small circles from cardboard and glue to center of donuts.

Step 5: Cut tiny rectangles from cardstock for sprinkles and glue to the top of the donut.

We set our counters up with 1 through 10 sprinkles on each donut and then arranged them in order but there are so many ways these little counters can be used to work on counting and matching!