Contributed by Leanne Guenther
An easy elephant paper craft made from hearts that children can create using the template provided or with their own construction paper or scrapbooking paper hearts.
Read a bit about DLTK's Grow With Me Craft Concept to get some ideas on how this basic craft idea can be used with different materials to make it appropriate for everyone from ages 2 thru 82!
Tip 1: Include the message "Wishing you a ton of fun on Valentine's Day!"
Tip 2: Glue the heart animal paper craft to the front of a folded over piece of construction paper or a doily to make a cute Valentine's Day card.
Tip 3: Purchase fancy paper from the scrapbooking store and print the B&W version onto this for an extra fancy Heart Animal.
Tip 4: Scotch tape a straw or popsicle stick to the bottom to make an elephant puppet
Tip 5: Glue a small piece of sandpaper on the back to make a felt board character
Tip 6: Cut construction paper into 4 inch wide strips as
long as you can make them. Tape two together to make even longer. Measure
around child's head to make a construction paper 'crown'. Glue Heart Animal
to front of the crown to make a Valentine's Day hat.
Glue large upside down heart so it overlaps medium upside down heart to form the body.
Glue curved piece onto the medium upside down heart to form the tail.
Add the second large (right side up) heart (the one with the eyes and trunk on it) so it overlaps the body to form the head.
Add the smallest heart on the tip of the trunk to form the nose.
Glue the ears onto the head so the points are overlapping the head and they are sticking straight out.
Option for mass-producing - young children: Print out the B&W template. Trace the pieces onto stiff cardboard (back of paper pads works well) or margarine/ice cream container lids. Cut out to make permanent templates. Allow the children to trace these permanent templates onto different colors of construction paper to make their animal
Option for mass-producing - older children: Omit the
templates. Let the children cut out heart shapes in various sizes from colored
construction paper (show them how to fold paper in half and then cut to make a perfectly
symmetrical heart). Let the children create their own animals by putting together
hearts of different sizes (you can pre-make a few example animals to give them some
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