Since September 2015 elephants and other wildlife are no longer allowed to work in the circus. But cardboard elephants can of course!
Craft this elephant, give it nice colors (e.g. with felt-tip pen) and beautiful glitters and play your own circus. Turn 1 clothespin into a doll, which can ride on your elephant. Because of the 4 clothespins at the bottom, the elephant can even stand!
On the dotted line, make a cut (with a hobby knife, look out!) and cut an oval, slightly smaller than the length of that cut. If you have thick cardboard, make the cut a little further so that the thickness of the cardboard fits through it. Also color the ears and insert the oval through the cut. Now your elephant also has beautiful elephant ears!
I also drew 4 circus elephants, to color, cut out or to paste with pieces of paper, glitter or other materials. Elephants who do tricks want to be your work of art.
And a few more ideas on how to make circus elephants: