Teaching preschoolers can be a blast when you blend education with arts and crafts. Buckle up because today, we're introducing the letter “E” to your little ones with a fun E is for Elephant craft. Let's get messy and creative together!
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Teaching Preschoolers to Form the Letter E
Before we dive into our crafty adventure, let's make sure our little learners are familiar with the letter “E.” This letter is an important part of their early alphabet journey, so it's essential for them to understand its shape and sound.
Start at the top and go down: To make the letter “E,” we begin at the top and go down.
Then cross, go across, and cross again: After heading down, it's time to cross, go across, and then cross again. It's just like drawing a ladder in the air, but with an extra rung.
Watch and Try with Your Finger in the Air: Watch me put my hand in the air and write an “E” in the sky. I start at the top, go down, cross, go across, and cross again. Now you try. Put your finger in the air, and let's give it a try. Start at the top, go down, cross, go across, and cross once more. Great job!
Elephant Connection: Tell them that we're going to create a crafty elephant whose name starts with the letter “E.” This connection between the letter and a real-world object helps them remember better.
Once you have their creative engines running with the letter “E,” it's time to spark the curiosity of our little explorers. Encourage them to embark on an exciting adventure to spot the letter “E” in their everyday surroundings. Here are a few questions to stimulate their imaginations:
- Can you find something in the room that proudly displays the letter “E”?
- How about naming animals that, just like our charming elephant, start with the letter “E”?
- Do you spot any signs or labels nearby that showcase the distinctive letter “E”?
These questions will sharpen their observational skills and turn the learning process into a thrilling adventure. With their new knowledge of forming the letter “E” and their growing appreciation for its presence in the world around them, it's time to dive into our engaging elephant-themed craft!
How to Make This E is for Elephant Craft with Preschoolers
Ready to get crafting? Find the instructions below!
- Colored or Construction Paper (Dark Blue)
- Acrylic paint (Gray)
- Paint brush
- Gather your supplies.
- Begin by printing the template on cardstock and carefully cutting out the provided template of the letter E (which will transform into an adorable elephant) using scissors.
- With gray acrylic paint and a paint brush, it's time to give your elephant some color! Paint all the cut-out templates until they are a lovely shade of gray. Alternatively you can print the template and trace on to gray construction paper to be cut out.
- After painting, paste the gray pieces onto a dark blue paper. Once it's dry, cut around the elephant shape.
- Now, it's time to put all the pieces together. Glue the nose, ears, feet, and hands in their proper places to assemble your elephant.
- Attach a small white circle for the elephant's eye. This eye will give your elephant some personality.
- Lastly, place a googly eye in the middle of the small white circle. This googly eye adds a touch of whimsy to your elephant's gaze.
- Once the glue is completely dry, hang your elephant up for display!
- Always supervise and guide children when using scissors to ensure their safety.
- Selecting the proper materials ensures a fantastic outcome, so choose wisely.
- Encourage your young artists to let their creativity flow freely. Feel free to add your unique touches to your elephant. After all, every elephant is a masterpiece of its own!
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