About two years ago, my oldest son brought home the book Elephants Can Paint Too! from the library, and after reading it we fell in love. The book was returned to the library, but we now have our own copy and it was fun bringing the book off of the shelf this week!
Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold is one of the most unique children's picture books I have read! This book compares student painters. Some of the teacher's students are children, others are Asian elephants. Each page contains short simple sentences that compare the children to the elephant students. As you read you will learn about what elephants and children eat, how they paint, and what they like to paint. There are also longer sections that give numerous facts about Asian elephants. We have learned so much from this book! I love that sometimes we read the shorter part of the book and other times we can read all of the interesting facts! The photographs are fantastic and the elephant art pieces are just as neat!
This book is so much fun to read, it certainly doesn't need an activity to go along with it, but it may make your kids want to paint. We decided to paint a paper plate elephant, and it was super simple!
To get ready I needed three paper plates, paint, paintbrushes, glue, and goggly eyes. These are the shapes I cut the plates into to make our elephant. I thought we would make a gray elephant, but my son wanted orange and blue. He must have been inspired by the book I Dream of an Elephant!
My three year old painted the elephant's head blue.
He made the long trunk orange.
He later chose purple for the elephants ears!
Add goggly eyes and you have a VERY simple paper plate elephant!
More Elephant Fun!