After reading so many books that featured Asian Elephants last week, we decided we needed to do an elephant craft project. First I browsed on-line for elephant images, and found some beautiful hand-embroidered pillow shams and purses. A lot of times the elephants were silver thread or silver sequins, so we decided to use foil. I had seen a technique that I wanted to adapt (see original post here), so we gathered our supplies: foil, glue, cardboard, paints. Here is our finished elephant craft. Didn’t my son do such a great job?
Elephant Craft Instructions
Step 1: Have children draw an elephant onto the cardboard using a black sharpie. Vivi asked me to help her with the ear:). The smoother the cardboard, the better the final product. We used one corrugated sheet, but another on the back of a notebook and the second was much smoother.
Step 3: Wait until the glue is dry- it can take a while depending on how humid it is outside!- then wrap up your cardboard with foil. You can tape it if you like, but it stays pretty well on the cardboard if you fold it over:
Step 4: Using your fingers, rub over your hidden drawing- and watch it magically appear! You will see that this elephant’s cardboard was corrugated, and the lines are coming through. My son’s cardboard was from the back of a notebook and is much smoother.
Final Step: Paint with tempura/acrylic/poster paints (not water colors or washable/finger paints). We first did this project with sharpies, but the colors were not as bold as we had hoped for. The kids just painted over the sharpies, and got the bright, vivid colors you see here: