E is for Elephant

Preschoolers will love learning about the alphabet letter E with this fun E is for Elephant alphabet unit.
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This week we learned about the letter E for Elephant. We did fun worksheets & activities to practice letters, colors, counting, logic, and more from Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter of the Week (click to grab your own free set of E Printables).
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We also made a letter E Alphabet craft. We are making one of these for every letter in the alphabet this year out of foam sheets. It is such a fun way to interact with letters in a playful, memorable way. then we put the letters on our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree =-)
E is for Elephant foam craft for preschoolers
Unfortunately, our closest zoo is revamping it’s Elephant exhibit so we can’t go see any right now. But, we did take a look at pictures from when we did see Elephants to help the kids remember.  The first two are from elephants we saw at the Ringling Brothers Circus – elephant making art & elephants in the show.
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And here is a blast from the past – Goofy (15 months) on an elephant at a zoo carousel.
Elephant fun at the zoo
We talked about where Elephants live -  in Africa &  Asia and found it on our map. Then we read some nonfiction books to learn about elephants. We also read some wonderful fiction stories about elephants:
Minnie had fun looking through these cute Elephant action cards we found here. She also liked to use them to tell me stories – great narrative story telling practice!!
Elephant action cards
We made a 3D Elephant out of a foam sheet. Our patchwork elephant looks just like Elmer, don’t you think? (Note: The {free} elephant template is in the Elephant Add-On Pack below.)
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We had an elephant inspired lunch. I made PB & J and cut out with an elephant cookie cutter. I used food safe markers to add eyes & a mouth (the kids thought that was HILARIOUS!) I made a cheese & broccoli tree and a mandarin orange sun. Lunch was a hit =-)
Elephant themed lunch for kids

Cardboard Box Elephant

We made an elephant from a box we had laying around in preparation for our feed the elephant game.

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The kids learned that black & white make gray! We cut off one side of the box and made two ears out of it. Then we taped the top shut. Next we painted the 3 sides of the box and two ears gray.  Finally, after it dried about 3 hours, we made a 3” x 1.5” hole for the mouth and attached construction paper eyes & rolled up trunk.

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Spelling Games for Preschoolers

Feed the Elephant is a great introduction to spelling games for preschoolers. For this game we made an elephant (see above for directions). I printed out the peanuts (see free Elephant Add-ON Pack below) on cardstock. Now we were ready to play! We played several different way: feed the correct upper/lower case E, feed the correct alphabet letter, feed the correct number, and more. Big brother also got to join in on the fun with the addition peanuts. I also included blank peanuts that I laminated and wrote Goofy’s (1st grade) sight words & spelling words on. It was great learning fun!
early spelling games for preschoolers
early spelling games for preschoolers

Make sure to see more of our fun letter of the week units and free Alphabet Printables!
Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.