Today we shared the book Elephant Dance. This is a story of a young boy, Ravi who listen’s to his Grandfather’s captivating stories about India, where the sun is like a ferocious tiger and monsoon rains cascade like waterfalls. As with many Barefoot Books, the end notes include facts about India’s animals, food, culture and religion, and a simple elephant dance music score.
The kids were very active today! Perhaps the new trampoline had something to do with this! We jumped for a while then headed upstairs to our playroom to explore crafts and activities that had to do with Elephants.
I have been working with my girls using a homeschool preschool curriculum called Mother Goose Time, since the oldest has really shown an interest in learning her letters and having more structured play in her day. This has been a great fit for us because it offers theme-based activities with plenty of room for imagination! It was perfectly fitting that today we just happened to be on the letter “E” for Elephant! So we used a craft from the curriculum box and made our own little additions!
We read (most) of the book over snack. The imagery and illustrations really delight the children and give them an idea of what life is like in India. We discussed how here we can only see elephants in the zoo and how sad they seem all caged up. My daughter says it would be really fun to play with the elephants close up in India, but she wouldn’t enjoy a sun as fierce as a tiger!
You can make your own elephant from paper plates by following these instructions:
- Cut the trunk and ears from one plate (we used one large plate for the ears and trunk and a smaller plate for the face)
- Glue pieces of tissue paper to the plates (or you can paint them!)
- Attach the ears and trunk to the face plate and adorn with colorful gems (we used pieces of glittery foam letters that we cut up!)