It is E week with our Preschool letter of the week series. Here are some of our favorite books about Elephants. Followed by that, you will find a list of simple activities!
- A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henke
- This is a short book with sweet illustrations. Good for younger children.
- Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
- A Dr. Seuss classic and one of our family’s favorites! I love to hear my husband read this one out loud; it reads like a parable of the beauty of faithfulness.
- Polite Elephant by Richard Scarry
- Classic Richard Scarry illustrations and content. Helpful early manner’s teaching for children.
- Elmer by David McKee
- A cute store about a unique elephant.
- Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince
- This book is the true story of P.T. Barnum using his elephants to prove to skeptics the strength of the newly built Brooklyn Bridge.
- Elephants (National Geographic Reader) by Avery Hurt
- An informative science reader.
- Elephant and Piggie Biggie Volume 1 and Volume 2, Should I Share My Ice Cream?, There’s a Bird on your Head, Are You Ready to Play Outside?, and Elephants Cannot Dance by Mo Willems
- We LOVE Elephant and Piggie! Simple illustrations with surprisingly meaningful stories of friendship. Also, these make our whole family laugh out loud!
Print out this book list to take to the library! E is for Elephant
- Make your own Ee is for Elephant watercolor page.
- Talk about the sound that E makes. We use the Letter Factory Song (to the tune of the Farmer in the Dell):
- The E says, “eh.” The E says “ee.” Every letter makes a sound. The E says “eh and ee.”
- See if your child can think of any other words that start with “eh” or “ee.” Egg, ear, eagle, eleven, elf, envelope.
- Check out books on these topics too!
- Draw bubble letters Ee and have your child put stickers in the open space. This is good for fine motor skills as well.
- Download this free letter of the week coloring sheet. You can use this for dot-a-dot, coloring, or stickering. Alphabet Coloring Sheets (variety pack) PDF
- Try these Upper and Lower Case Dot-a-Dot sheets that include a letter recognition portion.
Math and Science
- Compare and contrast the Asian Elephant and the African Elephant.
- The National Geographic Early Reader book has good information about this!
- Print this sheet to label the different parts of an elephant. Parts of an Elephant
- Count the different parts of an Elephant. How many ears? How many legs? How many tusks?
Music and Art
- Make your own patchwork Elmer the Elephant. Print off this Elephant outline, tear up some different colored paper, and glue it on. Elmer the Elephant PDF
- Learn the Elefantes song in Spanish!
- Sing 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 little elephants to the tune of 10 Little Indians.
- Pretend to walk like an elephant while you listen to Henry Mancini’s song The Baby Elephant Walk!
- Henry Mancini is the composer who wrote the famous Pink Panther theme!
- Pretend to be an elephant.
- March like an elephant. March slow. March fast. March in a circle. March in a square. March quietly. March loudly.
- Swing your trunk back and forth
- Shower your self with your trunk
- Grab grass with your trunk and then eat it
- Connect your trunk with a friend’s trunk and swing your trunks back and forth