Do you need new ideas for DIY time at home? If so, we have what you need. Below, we share a roundup of elephant crafts perfect for kids of all ages. Whether you’re a homeschooled family needing activities for an elephant unit study, or a parent trying to keep the kids busy while they’re home for winter or summer vacation , these elephant-themed activities are a fun way to fill your time. After all, elephants are fascinating creatures! Did you know that an elephant’s tusks are actually enlarged incisors? What about the fact that elephants have around 150,000 muscles in their trunk? Seriously, these giants of the animal kingdom are so cool.
If your child is obsessed with elephants, tell them to join the club. But also, we recommend that you introduce them to all the elephant-themed activities you can. In addition to these elephant crafts, we have printable elephant coloring pages, elephant jokes, and a dynamic science experiment tutorial showing you and your kids how to make elephant toothpaste with a few simple household ingredients.
Keep reading for quick and easy elephant craft YouTube tutorials that don’t require a million supplies or an advanced art (or zoology) degree.
Easy and fun elephant craft for kids
1. How to Draw an Elephant — Art for Kids Hub
Elephants are the largest land animals in the world. There are currently two recognized species of elephants: African elephants and Asian elephants. Join Art for Kids Hub and learn how to draw this awesome creature.
2. How to Draw an Elephant for Preschoolers — Art for Kids Hub
Like the tutorial above, Art For Kids Hub walks you through how to draw an elephant step by step in the video embedded below. The difference? This one is for young kids, so be sure to share it with your preschoolers and kindergarteners. Fun fact: elephants eat for up to 16 hours a day!
3. Movable Paper Elephant Toy for Kids – 123 Easy Paper Crafts
We weren’t kidding when we said that elephants are the largest land animals in the world. Did you know that male African elephants can reach three meters in height and weigh between 4,000 and 7,500 kilograms? In other words, they can grow nearly ten feet tall and weigh between 8,000 and 16,000 pounds, more or less. wow!
4. DIY Paper Roll Elephant – Easy Craft for Kids
Another interesting fact about elephants? They have appetites the size of an elephant! That doesn’t surprise you, does it? We mentioned above that elephants eat for up to 16 hours a day. No, it wasn’t a typo. To maintain their larger-than-life size, they must power these massive bodies. Elephants are herbivores that enjoy foods like bamboo, flowers, grasses, twigs, leaves, and herbs.
5. Easy Paper Bag Elephant Puppet – Fun Activities for Kids
Did you know that elephants can swim? In fact, they often use their trunks as snorkels when in the water. Brilliant! Want to make your own elephant to play at home? Try this paper bag elephant puppet pictured below. Pro tip: Paper elephants can’t swim, so don’t dunk them in the tub.
6. How to Draw Dumbo the Elephant — Art for Kids Hub
Dumbo is the quintessential outsider – or sub-elephant, so to speak. Seeing him succeed on screen was like experiencing the triumph ourselves. Haven’t introduced this classic film to your children? Check it out (and the live-action version!) on Disney+ for your next family movie night. Once you’re done, share this drawing tutorial with your kids and watch them fly away.
7. How to Make a Paper Plate Elephant — Fun Activities for Kids
So yes, elephant tusks are actually teeth. These enlarged incisors usually appear when an elephant is about two years old and are used for food and defense against predators. Unfortunately, hunters target elephants to sell their tusks for large sums of money because they are made of ivory. Fortunately, there are countless organizations actively working to stop this atrocity.
8. Simple Paper Elephant Craft for Kids – Paper Magic
Want to know an easy (and super cool) way to tell African and Asian elephants apart? African elephants actually have African-shaped ears. And Asian elephants have India-shaped ears. Crazy, but true!
9. How to draw an elephant: Easy – Draw so cute
Talking about how to tell African and Asian elephants apart, African elephants are known to be larger while Asian elephants are somewhat smaller. This is another easy way to tell the difference. By the way, if you enjoyed the drawing tutorials above, check out this one by Draw So Cute. The videos on this channel are easy to follow for kids – and adults – of all ages.
10. Easy Paper Plate Elephant – Easy Craft for Kids
Like humans, elephants value close family relationships. In fact, they travel in herds. Well, to be more specific, female elephants travel in herds. Male elephants leave the group when they reach the age of 12 to 15 years. After that, they travel alone or in herds with other bull elephants. What an interesting dynamic!
11. Fun Elephant Toy with Movable Trunk — Paper Magic
Have you ever been told to develop thicker skin? Most of us have at some point. Interesting fact: the skin of an elephant has an average thickness of 2.5 centimeters. Its wrinkles and folds can hold up to 10 times more water than flat skin, which helps cool the elephant down. To keep themselves clean and avoid sunburn, they regularly give themselves dust and mud baths. It seems a bit counter-intuitive, but hey, whatever works!
12. How to paint an elephant — Fun drawing for kids
Did you know that elephants have a similar lifespan to humans? Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild. Paint a portrait of these wise and majestic creatures with the Drawing Fun for Kids explainer video featured below.
13. Easy DIY Elephant Mask for Kids – Paper Magic
An elephant fetus takes about 22 months to develop in the womb and weighs between 200 and 300 pounds at birth. And we thought human pregnancy was long and difficult! Elephants are born with fully developed brains, unlike human babies, which means they can walk, eat on their own and understand their role in the herd soon after birth.