When I was in college, I did an internship at a nearby elementary school. It was a lot of fun to leave the college campus once a week to spend the morning in first grade. The teacher I worked with was amazing and taught me so much about curriculum planning, classroom management, student discipline, and assessment methods. She also taught me how to make an elephant from a piece of construction paper.
Materials: one piece of construction paper, scissors, glue, black pen
Begin by folding the construction paper in half (hamburger-style, if you speak fluent Elementary School). With the fold at the top, make 5 cuts.
- Round off the upper left corner.
- Round off the upper right corner.
- Cut a small sliver from the bottom near the right-hand side to form the trunk.
- Cut a small rectangle from the end of what will form the trunk.
- Cut a large upside-down U-shape from the bottom, centered between what will be the legs.
Save all the scraps. Use them to cut ears, a tail and tusks.
Glue the ears, tail and tusks into place. Recycle any remaining scraps. Use the black pen to add an eye on each side. Fold up about 1/4 inch of each foot so that the elephant can stand. That's all there is to it!
Here is the elephant Trevor made while I was photographing each step:
A fun and easy project for a rainy afternoon!