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Elephant Craft and Play


Make Your Own Elephant HatMy very favourite craft and play ideas are the ones that come from Pebble. I love seeing her enthusiasm and creativity as she works through an idea. Just recently (actually, every day!) she asked to make something – and said that she needed boxes. When she saw the boxes she picked up an old ice cream container and said “I think this is a good hat!”. She looked through the other boxes and decided that the long skinny plastic wrap box was perfect for an elephant trunk. “We can make an elephant hat!”. So we did.

She helped me to stick the trunk to the elephant ‘hat’. “What else do elephants need?”, I asked? She thought for a moment, then said “EARS!”. I cut out some ear shapes from a cereal box and she showed me where to stick them on. She now wanted eyes, and after some discussion about options she settled on drawing eyes with a sharpie. And there you have it. One elephant hat!

Tips for Making Your Own Elephant Hat

  • try to find a box that fits your child’s head
  • create a trunk using a long thin box, or an old stocking stuffed with newspaper
  • use an old cereal box to cut out ear shapes
  • bottle tops or jar lids make great eyes, or use a sharpie or marker

But now what? Well, you can pretend to be an elephant, of course! Elephants are very fun to pretend to be, with lots of stomping and swaying and swinging of trunks, not to mention the trumpeting noises. And there are lots of fun songs to sing about elephants. Here’s one of my childhood favourites, and one that Pebble enjoys now:

The next best thing to imagining that we were elephants and singing about elephants wasusing the sticky tape. Pebble is currently OBSESSED with sticky tape and has just learnt how to get it from the tape dispenser herself. You can only imagine the amount of tape being used in this house right now. Scissors come a close second. Our elephant hat was customised with some scissor snips along the trunk and LOTS of sticky tape all over it’s head.

IMG_1750 Make Your Own Elephant Hat

You can also try out this fun ‘Elephants Balancing‘ craft idea from Learn with Play at Home.

elephant balancing craft


Have any wild animals emerged from the recycling box at your place? 

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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  1. That mask is awesome! We’re sticky tape obsessed too. To the point that the “good” tape is locked away in the knife draw, or I’d never have any when it comes to wrapping presents or whatnot. Lol.
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  2. Awesome! We have a couple of homemade helmets on the blog made from recycled materials. Such a fun and easy way to get crafty as well as imaginative at the same time. I love that elephant song too. Ahh, playschool. One of my earliest posts is a picture based on that song. Just search for “Elephants balancing” on my blog and you’ll see it haha :)
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  3. This is just too cute Kylie…i just have to make 2!! We have a sticky tape thing going on here at the moment too! love her excited little face!!
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  4. Oh this is great!! :) I love this sort of craft too!! Best results and they are soooo proud because it all came from them! :) Lovely work Pebble! :)
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  5. There are so many great elephant songs!
    You’re bringing back memories :)
    Wonderful ideas to raid the recycling to recreate our wide world of animals.
    Thanks Pebble (and Kylie).
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  6. This is adorable! I have a link up where we share Eco-friendly crafts and all things about green living. I would love for you to share with us! http://organicaspirations.blogspot.com/2013/01/handmade-step-stools-and-eco-kids.html
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  7. This is completely adorable! I have a weekly Saturday linky that I would love to have you participate in called Share It Saturday.
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  8. You can understand why I love this post. Wildlife AND recycled products. It ticks all the boxes. Pinned but will share on FB this afternoon :)

  9. This is just too cute! I am always saving every box and paper roll and ice cream tub. This is a fab way to recycle them.
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  10. What a fun and sweet elephant hat! Love the recycling going on! Dino Boy loves getting down our big box of cardboard tubes, other boxes and bits and pieces and making things too – lovely to see them explore the materials and come up with their own ideas!
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  11. I love recycling/repurposing crafts!! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Please join us again this week! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/01/an-enchanted-childhood-playschool_26.html
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