Have you read the book Elmer? If not, Elmer the Elephant is not "ordinary elephant color", he is patchwork. After reading the story that went along with our "Letter Ee Week", we used paper plates to make brightly colored and patterned elephants.
First the students colored designs on their plates (each student needed 2) then they used watercolor paints over the top of the crayon for a fun effect! They also followed these steps for the elephants trunk. (I found the pattern in an old activity book, but you could draw your own or look online for a picture that would work.)
Once they were dry, we cut one paper plate in half and stapled it on either side of the other plate as ears. Then we glued the trunk and eyes on.
I thought they turned out great and we got lots of comments on them from parents and other people who visited our school. Definitely a project we will do again next year for Letter Ee!
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