This craft can be used to teach a variety of skills. You don't have to use all the thoughts for lessons... just choose the ones you're working on with your child. There is a second template with a body that you can optionally use.
Thoughts for Lessons:
- This craft has lots of circles plus a few rectangles and triangles to cut out -- good scissor practice!
- You can precut the template into separate pieces (roughly) to make it a bit easier for beginning crafters to cut out the circles.
- Separate the circles, triangles and rectangles.
- verbally instruct the children on how to assemble the shapes using the colors of the shapes. (ie: Take the pink circle and glue it on the grey circle.).
- show the children two circles and ask -- is this one bigger, smaller or the same size as that one.
- Count the circles, count the rectangles and count the triangles.
- Glue the two medium sized pink circles inside two of the large gray circles to make the ears.
- Glue the ears to the third large gray circle (the head).
- Glue the small circle eyes into the center of the head.
- Glue the long rectangle (trunk) dangling down from the center of the head.
- Glue the two skinny triangles, point down, to either side of the trunk to complete the elephant's head.
Assembly - Template 2:
- to make the body, glue the head you've completed from template 1 onto the large body circle.
- Glue the rectangle legs onto the bottom of the body
- Glue the tail together from the largest triangle to the smallest and attach to the body
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).