Côte d’Ivoire: Éléphants

Elephants are an important albeit sad part of Côte d’Ivoire’s history. Elephants are their national animal but sadly there are estimated to only be 225 forest elephants left in Côte d’Ivoire. These numbers are due in part to poaching and the illegal exportation of ivory or elephant tusks. Despite the dwindling numbers their presence is too important to pass up!

So, we started with Sesame Street! The Safari episode #4603, is packed full of elephants and it is wonderful!

Elephant Carving Art Project

Next, using soap as our medium we carved small elephants 🙂

You will need….

  • Ivory soap- this brand is the best since it doesn’t break apart
  • Craft stick

First, sharpen the craft stick to a point.

Start carving! You can always take away, so go slow and carve an elephant.

Make sure you save any soap shavings for the elephant science experiment!

Elephant Shampoo Science Experiment

The elephant toothpaste science experiment is very popular right now, so Martin decided that this experiment should be called ‘elephant shampoo’. It is also known as exploding soap or soap clouds.

You will need…

  • Bar of soap either whole or shavings 🙂
  • microwave safe plate
  • a microwave

Place all of your left over soap shavings on the microwave safe plate.

Microwave on high for 2 minutes- be sure to set up a way for your little scientist to see inside the microwave! It will start to expand around 20 seconds.

Pull it out of the microwave and allow it to cool before letting your scientist explore.

It is really awesome to see the transformation and ours made the kitchen smell great!

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