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We Love Elephants & Messy Play!

African Elephant with big ears.
While working on my Exploring Geography: Thailand guest post for Mama Smiles and including some photos, books and art activities related to elephants, we decided we wanted to do more with elephants.

So, I went to the dollar store thinking we would do paper plate elephants, but then something else caught my eye and our elephants went a different direction.

All three pans came together for just $1, so this craft cost under $3.
After we made our African elephant (with big ears), we started to turn our attention to our Asian elephant. Asian elephants have smaller ears and more of a dome on the forehead. Plus, we were noticing in the books that the elephants liked to play in muddy water and their skin kind of looked like mud, so we took our second elephant making project outside. 

When Wild Thing found this stick and used it as a trunk, I knew that a mud-covered Asian elephant would be perfect, but Wild Thing also wanted to use the glitter. So, we mixed up dirt, water and glitter and glued it on to make our elephants skin using the stick as a trunk. The result? Pretty hilarious (with ears that look more like a dog than an elephant). But, we had a blast!

With more muddy water glittery play taking place after we completed our elephant. Caterpillar (almost 1) especially liked playing with the glittery mud water. It seemed appropriate given that we had read about elephants frolicking in muddy water.

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  1. I love the elephant! And that glitter mud water looks fun!

  2. Love the use of different material, than what most people use, very clever, especially the glitter ;)
    Great elephant!

  3. Oh my your crazy elephants look such fun!!! Love the glitter and shiney-ness!


  4. PS Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  5. PS Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. Oh me, oh my. I just ADORE this activity. Thank you so much for sharing. My four year old would think this is amazing... They've been begging to go back to the zoo and I think we might just need to make these before we go next week!

  7. That looks great fun. I bet they loved pretending to be elephants.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.

  8. Looks like fun! My little guys would love this! We'd love to invite you to join us at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know everyone will love your great kid-friendly ideas! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  9. Thanks for adding this to the outdoor link up - looks like great fun for all concerned :)


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