Did you know that September 22 is National Elephant Appreciation Day?  It is a good opportunity to introduce young children to the world’s land animal!


  • Elephant Weight – Tell children them how much a baby elephant weighs (200 pounds).  Weigh each child, record their weight, and see if  it would take the whole class to weigh as much as a baby elephant.

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  • Pass the Peanut – Tell the class that they are going to pretend to be elephants. Give each child a sock to put on his or her hand (this is their trunk).  Have children sit in a circle and give one child a peanut (a real peanut or a packing peanut if there are allergies). Have the children pass the peanut from person to person until it comes back to the start. Use a timer to see how long it takes and then do it a second time to see if they can beat their time.

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  • Paint like an Elephant – Elephants have been know to paint using their trunks, so challenge your kids to hold a paintbrush in their sock trunks (from activity above) and create a picture.
  • Paper Plate Elephant – Directions can be found here: http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Paper-Plate-Elephant.html

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Elephant Facts (thanks to http://raisingcreativechildren.com/elephant):

  • Elephants are large animals.
  • There are two types of elephants – African and Indian.
  • African elephants are larger than Indian elephants, they have baggier skin and bigger ears, too.
  • Elephants live together in families. Several families living together form a herd.
  • The leader of the herd is usually the oldest female, called a matriarch.
  • Elephants eat plants. They eat a lot of plants!
  • They eat leaves, grass, hay, tree bark, and fruit
  • Elephants flap their ears to cool themselves.
  • Elephants spray water on their skin.
  • The wrinkles hold the water, which helps to cool them.
  • Elephants live for eighty years!
  • Elephants have four teeth and two tusks.

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