Elephant’s Foot

What to do:

  1. Create several elephant footprints by tracing the pattern onto tagboard. Cut out and cover with clear contact paper.
  2. Work with children to measure distances using the elephant’s foot. Move the footprint heel-to-toe from point “A” to point “B.”
  3. Each child can have a footprint and measure various things around the room.


  • For older children: Provide materials to make an “elephant’s yardstick,” which is three footprints long.
  • Encourage them to use the yardstick to measure distances.
  • Practice counting and adding by threes.

For younger children:

  • Tape footprints to the floor and write a number on each footprint.
  • Let the children step on footprints as though they are following a path.
  • Encourage them to count how many feet it is from point “A” to point “B.”