Elephant CDs

Do you still have your old CDs from way back and have no idea what to do with them? Well why not turn them into animals?

This week, our class studied the concepts of long and short! So to further strengthen the discussion, we had them make elephant CDs and play with its long nose! As I showed them a sample, I also showed them how the nose started short and grew longer and longer! It’s really easy to do and the kids had a lot of fun stretching their elephant’s nose!

What you will need:

  • An old CD
  • Art Paper (1-4 colors)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn (Any color)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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Step 1: Cut the ears and nose of the elephant. Also cut a small circle to cover the hole in the middle of the CD. You may use different colors for the different parts!

Step 2: Cut some yarn for the elephant’s hair! You can be as silly as you want to be with the hair color! If yarn is unavailable, you may use art paper instead.

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Step 3: Fold the nose

Step 4: Glue on the circle to cover the hole

Step 5: Flip the CD, and glue on the ears

Step 6: Flip the CD back up and glue on the nose, googly eyes and hair

In the picture above, we only used 1 color and used black art paper for the hair.

We tried to do it again, and the result was better.  The pictures below are the children’s works! We let them used a variety of colors for the parts, and black yarn for the hair.

You can also try doing other animals like dogs, cats, lions, etc. Just be creative! I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun! And if you do try these other animals, do send me an email or post a comment! I’d love to hear all about it!

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A Response to Circle Stamping

Teacher Regine Aniban from Little Presidents’ Learning Palace used the circle stamping activity for her pre-toddler class! According to her, the kids really had so much fun stamping the circle! It was a very simple yet also creative and enjoyable activity. She shared some photos with me through facebook and allowed me to share it with you, my dear readers. Enjoy!

Thank you Teacher Regine! 🙂

Materials used….

Kids at work…

Finished Products!


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Thank you Teacher Regine for sharing this with us! 🙂 I’m glad you were able to use my activities!

For all other readers out there, if you have a response or activity you’d like to share! Feel free to contact me!

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View my original post here:  Circle Stamping


Hug by Jez Alborough

Just seeing the front cover already caught my attention! It’s  a really cute story about a baby monkey who just really wants a hug!

Who would’ve thought that a book containing only ONE word would be so much fun? Children of all ages can relate to it… from the tiny toddlers to the grown up kindergartners.The book is simply about a little monkey taking a walk around the jungle. He sees different animal cubs and their mommies all hugging. The little monkey eventually grows sad because he wants a hug too, and yet he can’t find his mommy. HUG! Don’t worry though, this book has a happy ending. The little monkey of course finds his mommy and finally gets that hug.

FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY:

The story can be followed up with a lesson on the different jungle animals or the names of mommy and baby animals depending on the children’s age. If it were for my students, then maybe simply naming the animals or giving their sounds would already be a good follow up activity. Moreover, teachers can ask their students to hug their classmates or even a stuffed toy in the room.

“Can I have a hug too?”

Circle Stamping

Here’s a really fun… and maybe a little messy art activity for all ages! The older kids can do this, and the younger kids will definitely love this! It’s so easy to do!

What you need:
  • A variety of objects with circle shapes(bottle caps, old chess pieces, toys, marker caps, tissue tubes etc.)
  • At least 3 or more colors of paint (the more the merrier!)
  • Bond paper
  • Apron or smocks

Step 1: Start off by collecting all those round objects! Make sure they vary in size! Also, some circles may be hallow like the bottle caps and others solid like the bottom part of chess pieces. This makes the end product really nice!

Step 2: Prepare the different colors of paint for your little ones. Put the paint on plates or containers which are shallow so they wouldn’t have a hard time getting the paint

Step 3: Dip and Stamp!


Step 4: Show off your work! 🙂

Ladybug Ladybug!

Besides circles, we are also currently discussing the color red! Hence… the red apples and now, the ladybug! 🙂

We started off by reading the Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle! We did however have to simplify it since we were dealing with toddlers! After telling them the story, we showed them our ladybug! I let them play with it a little and later on asked them if they wanted to make a ladybug of their own! So if you want to make one too.. here’s how!

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What you will need:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Red construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Googly eyes

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Step 1: Pre-cut the body, wings, antennas, legs and spots on the red and black construction paper as shown above.

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Step 2: Glue on the black spots on one side of both circles

Step 3: Fold the circles and glue them on each side of the ladybug’s body

(For the toddlers, this part can be a little tricky, so be sure to help them out.)

Step 4: Add more circles on the outer fold

Step 5: Glue on the eyes, antennas and legs.

(For our toddlers, we had to help them glue on the legs)

Step 6: Let your ladybugs fly!

Red Apples

Here is a painting/pasting activity for the kids! It’s really easy to do and my 2-year old students really had fun doing it! 🙂

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What you need:


  • Small paper plates
  • Red paint
  • Glue
  • Red Japanese Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Green Art Paper

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Step 1: Cut the paper plates into apple shapes.


Step 2: Cut small circles using the Japanese Paper. (You may also use a different kind of paper)


Step 3: Cut the brown paper into stalks and the green paper into leaves


Step 4: Mix the paint with the glue. Make sure not to put too much glue. 1/4 glue, 3/4 paint.


Step 5: Paint the paper plate “apple”


Step 6: Stick the small circles


Step 7: Stick the stalk and leaf on top.


Step 8: Have fun hanging them on your door or posting them on your wall! 🙂


Yummy Fruity Bracelet

Children.. and even adults love eating fruit loops! So why not use this to further strengthen the lesson? This specific activity is actually a lacing activity that helps develop fine motor skills. It would also be easier for older kids to do since young children’s fine motor skills are not yet fully developed. Still, the end product works for all ages. The teachers simply need to assist the young children more in doing this activity.

Since we’re still on our topic of circles… we decided to have the children make their own fruit loop bracelet!  Since my students are still in the pre-nursery level, they needed much of our assistance. Once we were done, they were all smiles and proud to show off their bracelets. At first, they were even unsure if they wanted to eat it or not. Some of them wanted to take it home and keep it! Still, it was a lot of fun watching them slowly nibble the fruit loops off their wrists!

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What you will need:


  • Fruit Loops (amount varies on the number of kids)
  • Small plates
  • Nylon thread or yarn



Step 1: Cut the nylon or yarn to the size fit for the child’s wrist.

Tip: It’s always better if it’s too long rather than too short. Leave some allowance.


Step 2: Give the children a small plate and some fruit loops to get started.

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Step 3: Insert the fruit loops one by one. Try a variety of colors.

Step 4: If you think there are enough fruit loops on, tie the ends of the nylon/yarn together. Make sure to tie it properly so it doesn’t break off later on.

Step 5: MUNCH Time!


NOTE: To teachers and parents: It may get a bit messy while the children are eating, but don’t worry! We can easily clean up afterward. Let them have their fun!