- Edible Plants
After discussing that cauliflower and broccoli are clusters of flower buds, then make a dip and dip away! Mix together: I 1/2 cups of sour cream, 2/3 cup mayonaise and 2 tablespoons of dry Italian salad-dressing mix. Mix well and refrigerate for several hours. Then enjoy!
- Elephant Ears
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons melted shortening
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons sugar
Break the eggs into a big bowl and let the children help beat them. Measure and add milk and shortening, then beat again. Add flour, salt, and sugar and mix well. Heat some oil in an electric frying pan. Pour the batter in 4" or 5" circles. Cook until browned, then flip and cook on the other side. Spread the completed elephant ears with butter or applesauce. Form the letter "E" with raisins on top.
- "E" Snacks- hard-boiled eggs, deviled eggs, English muffins, enchiladas, egg rolls, eclairs
- The Elephant
The elephant walks like this and that
(Swinging the arms like the trunk)
He's terribly big and terribly fat!
(gesture with hands moving outward)
He has no hands, he has no toes,
(gesture with hands and point to toes)
But Goodness Gracious! What a nose!
(Hands on cheeks to show surprise)
- Elephant Riddle
"Who is the animal baggy and gray, (circle both arms)
That walks in the forest with a sway? (sway both arms)
Who runs around on big, big toes, (point to toes)
And feeds himself with his nose? (point to nose)
The Elephant!" (clap hands one time)
- Cut big E's from construction paper. Let children find "E" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of E.
- Stand-Alone Elephant
Fold a 9" x 12" piece of construction paper and cut an arch form the center of the open side. (making the legs) Cut a 6" circle for the head and paste onto the folded paper. Use the little half-circles that you cut from the big piece of paper for the elephant ears. Now cut a 1" x 6" strip for the trunk. Paste all features onto the elephant. Decorate with markers or crayons.
- Pastel Eggs
Give each child a big egg pattern. Let them color the egg with colored chalk. Use hair spray to prevent smearing.
- Shiny Egg
Cut egg shapes from white poster paper. Give one to each child. In separate containers, mix condensed milk with different colors of food coloring. Using different paintbrushes for each color, paint the eggs with the mixture. You may want to tilt the eggs slightly so that the different colors run together some. Let the eggs dry for about 48 hours. They will have a glossy shine.
- Crayon-Resist Eggs
Give each child a construction paper egg. Let them draw designs on the eggs, using heavy strokes with the crayons. Use thinned tempera paint or watercolor paint to paint over the eggs. The designs will appear like magic.
- This idea comes from Caye. Thanks, Caye!
When we do Ee, I have the children choose if they want to be an
elephant, a puppy, a cat, or a bunny. They they cut out the ears,
and we make a head band and they can wear their ears. Also for
Green Eggs and Ham, we make green eggs and ham for our alphabet snack that day. They really love it.
- Use egg cartons and plastic eggs for sorting and counting activities.
- Do a graphing activity to find out the children's favorite zoo animals.
- Work with even numbers at this time. Learn to count by 2's.
- Study about Eskimos, where they live, what they wear, etc.
- Increase your study of eggs to include the different sizes, color, etc. and what kinds of birds hatch the different eggs.
- If you live in an earthquake area, practice earthquake drills.
- Elephant Walk
Go for an "elephant walk" in one long line. Everyone is to stretch one hand each back through their legs and, with the other hand, take the outstretched hand of the person in front. The children will be lined up, attached like elephants holding trunks and tails. Move to slow music.
- Pretend to be eels. Lay on the floor on your stomachs and move by pulling yourself along using only your arms.
- Pretend to be elevators and go up and down very slowly then speed up. This will strengthen the children's leg muscles.
- Use egg cartons to toss beans into. Get the children to count how many beans they got into the cartons.
- Elephant Soccer
Children get into a circle with legs wide apart. Hold their arms down in front of them with hands clasped together for trunks. Roll a ball across the circle trying to get it between someone's legs. Use only your trunks to keep the ball from going through your legs.
- Often Forgotten E Words from Christina--thanks!
(better than eight and eye that are rule breakers)
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
Egg: A Photographic Story of Hatching by Robert Burton
A Nest Full of Eggs by Pricilla Jenkins
Nessa's Story by Nancy Luenn
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross
Bently and Egg by William Joyce
Danny and the Easter Egg by Edith Kunhardt
Elephant Families by Arthur Dorros
Emily's Own Elephant by Philippa Pearce
Engelbert the Elephant by Tom Paxon
The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff
Little Mouse and Elephant retold by Jane Yolen
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
The Hungry Giant of the Tundra by Teri Sloat
Building an Igloo by Ulli Steltzer
A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North by Peter Sis
Houses of Snow, Skin and Bones by Bonnie Shemie
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