Juliet went through an Elmer the Elephant phase. Several times. Day after day, nap, bedtime, and just because, Jules wanted to read various Elmer books. And then I got the bright idea to make an Elmer with her. Game on.
For months afterwards I had to maintain a stash of colored squares and be prepared to freehand cut out an elephant on a moment's notice because this quickly became Juliet's favorite art activity. Even Jack got in on the Elmer making with Jules. This also works as a great independent activity that you can set up supplies in a Tupperware container or Ziploc and have ready to go or leave out at a work space for the kids.
- White card stock or (recycled cereal boxes painted white?)
- Multi- colored construction paper or card stock
- Elephant template
- Download and print the elephant template directly onto the white card stock and cut out with scissors -or- Print template onto computer paper, cut out, and trace your elephant onto thin paper or cardboard material of your choice.
- Cut colored paper into 2" squares. (A paper cutter makes this go sooo much quicker, but you can always wing it freehand with scissors as well.
- Turn the kiddos loose with a pile of colored squares, a glue stick, and their elephant!