Too Darn Cute!
My son loves the movie Horton Hears a Who so I knew for sure that I wanted to do related crafts and a book with my son in honor of Dr Seuss's birthday earlier this month. I am so pleased with the way everything turned out!
We did some totally adorable mommy and me crafts: Horton Elephant Ears and a Trunk. I mixed Crayola Texture It! with the gray paint. This made it look more like real elephant skin. I gave my little artist 3 pieces of paper for him to fingerpaint (smear!) gray paint all over. He got most of the papers covered!
After it dried, I drew the outline of 2 elephant ears on 2 pieces of paper (one on each). I folded the inner edge of both ears- about a quarter inch. With the 3rd piece of painted paper, I folded it over a paper towel tube (see further down) and marked as much as I needed. With the leftover paper, I cut it in 2 lenghtwise. This is what I used for the headband~ an older child may need more than this. I duct taped the ears to the long strips- one from ear to ear in the front and one in the back.
To make the elephant trunk, I glued the paper (see above description) to an empty paper towel tube and then sealed the seam with a thin strip of duct tape. I drew on elephant wrinkles and then cut slits in 2 different spots as shown in the photo. I got this idea from Education.com.
Acting like an elephant complete with the sound effects!
I made him a pink clover with a speck on it just like the one in the book/movie. The stem is a chenille pipe cleaner and the speck is a tiny piece of a cottonball that I hot glued on. The pink part of the clover is ribbon. I made it by tying strips of pink ribbon to the pipe cleaner and after it was tied on, I cut the strips even more. It did take me about 20 minutes to make, if you wanted something easier, you could use a pink pom-pom (is that what they're called?).
From the library, I got him the Dr Seuss's Horton Hears A Who Pop Up Book. We didn't actually read it as there are way too many words for my little guy at this age for him to sit still through. Instead, we paged through it and talked about what was going on in the pop ups and behind the flaps. The pop ups are so neat!
He also colored this Horton Coloring Page.
"A person's a person, no matter how small!"
Check out the Handprint Elephant we made a while back!
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