Paper Plate Elephant

Often times, elephants are one of the most popular animals at the zoo! Their large size, unique trunk, and gentle nature make them kids’ favorite animal.

If your child loves elephants, they’ll have a great time making this elephant paper plate craft! It’s the newest project we’ve added to our collections of zoo animal crafts for kids.

It’s a classic craft because it’s easy, fun, and cheap to make. All you need are common crafting supplies and you’re all ready.

Be sure to download the free printable template in order to make it even simpler!

This craft is great for making with preschool, kindergarten, and elementary children. Watch our quick video to see all the steps.

Easy Elephant Craft

paper plate elephant craft image collage with the words paper plate elephant in the middle


  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Elephant template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)


Download the printable template, print and cut out the pieces you need.

hands holding paper plate elephant craft template

Paint the paper plate in a thin coat of blue or gray paint. Let dry completely before moving on.

hands painting paper plate light blue

Place the elephant head template on the paper plate, trace with the pencil, and cut out.

Position the elephant’s eyes near the middle of the paper plate. Next, glue the trunk just below and in between the eyes.

hands gluing eyes onto paper plate elephant craft
hands gluing trunk onto paper plate elephant craft

Use a black marker to draw on the elephant trunk lines, mouth, and eyebrows.

Glue the cheeks on either side of the face, just below the eyes.

hands gluing cheeks onto paper plate elephant

Finish the elephant’s ears by gluing the inner ear to the outer ear. Once the ears are finished glue them on either side of the elephant’s head.

hands gluing inner ear to outer ear of paper plate elephant craft
hands gluing ears onto paper plate elephant craft

That’s all there is to it!

Kids are going to love this elephant so much, they’ll want to hang it on the fridge for the whole family to see!

gray and blue paper plate elephant crafts

More Fun Zoo Animal Activities

We often get emails from readers looking for more related content so they can make a week-long theme for their kids or students.

To help you out, we’re sharing some of our favorite printables, crafts, and activities that go along perfectly with our zoo animal theme.

If you want more crafts, we’ve got plenty more ideas for you! Some of our top zoo animal crafts include the following:

  • Handprint walrus craft
  • Monkey craft for kids
  • Lion headband craft
  • Elephant craft for kids
gray paper plate elephant craft

We also love using printables and worksheets to help kids work on things they’re learning. These zoo animal worksheets are loaded with awesome printables to help preschoolers. They’ll reinforce concepts like:

  • handwriting
  • letter recognition
  • patterns
  • simple addition
  • fine motor skills

and many other things!

If your kiddos love using dot markers, try out these animal do a dot printables. They’re not only fun, but also educational.

blue paper plate elephant craft

These animal i spy printables are also engaging and great for taking on the go!

Sensory activities are also another activity you’ll want to incorporate into your zoo animal theme. This zoo playdough kit is perfect for letting the kids have some independent playtime.

We hope some (or all) of these ideas will help create a fun zoo animal theme for your child!

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