Elephants will be one of the most interesting animals your kids will ever learn about. These free printables and unit studies about elephants are wonderful resources that you can use to put together a complete unit on these beautiful creatures for your kids.
Before I cared about animal conservation or the captivity of wild animals, I took my little children to the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The only thing they can remember is the elephant ride. They have never forgotten it.
I love that at least they got to experience something magical. Elephants are truly the epitome of gentle giants. Our favorite part of the zoo in America was watching the elephants swim.
There is just something about these huge creatures being simultaneously gentle and graceful. They are magical in the most earthly sense. My kids say they feel as if elephants are what some dinosaurs must have looked like.
That is why when we decided to study elephants last year it was a great experience. We may have stayed a little too long on the unit study, but it was well worth it.
So, I asked my kids to gather some of the most interesting facts they learned about elephants. They put them in order for you – I love that they enjoy doing this for me.
Check out my kid’s favorite facts about elephants:
-Elephants have tusks that are made of ivory.
-An elephant’s trunk is a fusion of its nose and upper lip. (My kids thought that was so funny because they couldn’t un-see it after finding this out.)
-Elephants are the world’s largest land animals. Male African elephants can reach up to 9.8 feet tall (3 meters) and they can weigh 8,800 – 16,000 lbs (4,000 – 7,000 kgs).
-There are three types of elephants (the African Savannah Elephant, the African Forest Elephant, and the Asian Elephant.) It was only recently discovered that the African Forest animals were in fact their very own species of elephant and not a subspecies of the African Elephant.
-Cool Fact! You can tell the African elephant because they have large ears shaped like the continent of Africa. Asian elephant’s ears are smaller and shaped like India.
-An elephant’s tusk never stops growing. Only male elephants grow tusks.
-Elephants throw mud and sand over themselves after a bath to protect themselves from the sun – their very own sunscreen.
-Elephants dig up waterholes and create their own footpaths which literally change the landscape all around them.
-Elephants are called pachyderms, thick-skinned animals. Most elephants have skin that is 1 inch thick.
-Each elephant creates one ton of poop per week. Yes, this was their #1 favorite fact. Go figure!
Explore these free printables and unit studies about elephants below:
Free unit studies and information about elephants:
FREE Printable Elephant Unit | Unit Study Ideas
Hands-on FREE Elephant Unit Study | Homeschool Hideout
Science Sunday: Studying Elephants Unit | Adventures in Mommydom
Elephants Animal Study and FREE Lapbook | Homeschool Share
PreK: Elephant FREE Unit Study | Sonshine Tot School
Elephant Preschool Theme Ideas | The Organized Mom Life
25 Amazing Facts and Information About Elephants For Kids | Mom Junction
African Elephant Information | NatGeoKids
Elephants Information | Earth’s Kids
10 Unforgettable Elephant Facts | NatGeoKids
All About Elephants | Easy Science for Kids
Free Printables About Elephants:
Elephant Animal Study w/ FREE Notebooking Pages | Stacy Sews and Schools
FREE Printable Elephant Worksheet | Twisty Noodle
Elephant FREE Lapbook | Simple Living Creative Learning
FREE Elephant Coloring Pages for Adults/Older Kids | Easy Peasy and Fun
E is for Elephant Handwriting Activity Pack | Only Passionate Curiosity
FREE Printable Elephant Bookmarks | Pyssel Bolaget
Animal Fun: Elephants FREE Worksheet | Education.com
Elephant FREE Fact Sheet | PBS.org
Types of Elephants FREE Worksheet | Enchanted Learning
Elephant Facts | Cool Kid Facts
(FREE) Elephant Facts & Worksheets | kidskonnect
Elephant Babies and Elephant FREE Printables | ThoughtCo.
Choose from any of these free activities, crafts, and resources to add to your elephant unit:
Science Experiment: Elephant Toothpaste | Preschool Powol Packets
Elephant Theme Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities | First-School
FREE Elephant Games & Videos | Learning Games for Kids
Act Like an Elephant Action Cards | Training Happy Hearts
Paper Plate Elephant Craft For Kids | Craft Corner DIY
Easy Paper Elephant Craft for Kids | Look! We’re Learning!
Elephant Craft For Kids | Simple Everyday Mom
Kids Collage Art: Handprint Elephant Jungle Craft | Fun Handprint Art
Elephants: Kids Activities | Paradise Praises
How to Draw an Elephant | Art Projects for Kids
Elephants for Little Ones: Preschool Learning about Elephants for Kids VIDEO | FreeSchool Early Birds
Elephant Toothpaste STEM Activity for Preschool | Sandbox Academy
Mom School: E is for Elephant Preschool Making Elephant Bread | Doing Splendid
Elephant Toothpaste Experiment | ABCs to ACTs
Amazing Science: How to Make Elephant Toothpaste | Babble Dabble Do
Elephant Stomp Gross Motor Activity | Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
25 Fun Elephant Crafts for Kids | Living Off Love and Coffee
Elephants 101 VIDEO | Nat Geo Wild
How To Draw An Elephant Video | Art for Kids Hub
Elephant Crafts and Activities for Children | DLTK-Kids
FREE Printable Easy Origami Elephant | One Colorful Day
I am sorry about that last fact. I promised my kids I would keep it on the list as #1. We had fun with our elephant and hope you do as well!
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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