Friday the 16th April is Save the Elephant Day. This is also my birthday which is very cool because elephants are my absolute favourite animal. I have been lucky enough to spend time with them in the wild and they are so incredibly peaceful.
But like so many other wild animals in the world today, these gentle giants are at risk. Save the Elephant Day was started to raise awareness about the dangers that face elephants (mainly humans).
From an education point of view, we are studying elephants this month as a part of our larger Earth Day study. These animals are so fascinating you could spend days learning about them. It is also a good excuse to get out the house and head to the Pilansberg or Dinokeng or your local nature reserve that has elephants.
Fun Facts about Elephants
- Elephants are the largest living land animal.
- The average lifespan of an elephant is 70 years.
- Elephants can’t jump.
- Elephants spend up to 16 hours eating every day.
- A group of elephants is called a herd.
- Elephants love the water and they use their trunks to breathe under the water.
- The gestation period of a female elephant is 2 years.
- One elephant eats between 300 and 600 pounds of food daily.
- Elephants protect their skin from the harsh sun by throwing mud onto their backs
Elephant Activity Pack
We have put together a little elephant activity pack to help you celebrate Save the Elephant Day. There are some fun colouring pictures for all ages and an elephant themed word search.
Add in a few of these fun elephant crafts to celebrate Save the Elephant Day.
This paper plate craft is super simple and easy. All you need is some paper plates, paint (or crayons) and you can create these fun little elephants. This is a great one for little kids.
Toilet roll holders really do have the most uses. They are such simple little things but there is so much you can do with them, including making these cute little elephants.
Another paper plate elephant craft but this one has a fun idea for the trunk that encourages some fine motor skills and the end result is lots of fun.
Elmer the Elephant is a fun character you can also introduce and then once you have read about him, create him guided by this fun activity.
I love this fun upcycled elephant craft. The original craft uses a k-cup but you can use yoghurt tubs or any other cup shaped items you have.
While your kids are busy colouring in their elephant colouring pages, pop one of these videos on and let them learn a little more about these amazing animals.
Learn All About Elephants – FreeSchool
Elephant Facts for Kids