DID YOU KNOW:
Inspired by the design of the elephant’s trunk for a new type of robot arm, engineers thought it would be an easy matter to copy it. But they “hit a snag” when they discovered that one elephant’s trunk features about 40,000 muscles (100,000 individual muscle units). Not having anywhere near that i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e. technological expertise, they only managed to come up with a workable, but very inferior copy (as usual) to the Creator’s original masterpiece… Read more…
ELEPHANT ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)
All my free printable articles for kids are designed to give glory to God as Creator and let our kids know that He is wa-ay more clever than us. It has always intrigued me that when Job was hurting and looking for answers, God simply directed him to some of the wonders of creation. It’s like He was saying to Job and to us, “Listen here, buddy, I know what I’m doing so just relax, okay…?!” :)
I found some great elephant pics that I could use on this article, so there is nothing for you to do this time – simply download, print and send. And here you will find some FREE elephant colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, stationery + more to go with it. And make sure you check out the main picture on the article for a close up sneak peek of just some of those incredible 40,000 muscles!
LAMINATE + SEND AN EXTRA COPY
I laminate all my articles before sending them to my kids to keep them looking nice. I also used to send an extra copy for my child’s Compassion teacher ~ with a post-it note on it to remind them to give it to them.
This article is also available in French. For other children who are NOT ENGLISH or FRENCH speaking, I also send it to them but make sure I INCLUDE ALL RELEVANT TEXT IN THE LETTER so that it gets translated. (Note: this may no longer be necessary under the new system). Add a short note and some hugs and kisses and that’s an extra letter. If you would like to do this for your child too, you are welcome to ‘copy and paste’ any of my text (scroll down to the bottom of this post).
DID YOU KNOW:
A family of huge elephants—one named Raja Gaj [King Elephant]—with some features similar to the extinct mammoth (great domed head and massive body) are still around today in remote areas of Nepal. Discoveries like this startle evolutionists, but fit neatly into what the Bible teaches is the true history of the world, as elephants and mammoths were both descended from the same original ‘elephant KIND’ that God created. Read more from scientists who take the Bible seriously…
THE ELEPHANT ~ BY SPECIAL DESIGN
Elephants: Did you know?
- Elephants can weigh as much as a truck—7500kg (8 tons).
- Elephants can be up to 4 metres (13 ft) tall—that’s taller than a bus—and can charge at 35km per hour.
- Elephants have the largest nose in the world—called a trunk and it has over 100,000 muscle units in it.
- Elephants use their large ears as a fan—to keep cool.
- Elephants can hear 150 of their friends all ‘talking’ at once – over 1.5km away. Elephants use their vocal cords to communicate through infrasound, which is too low for us to hear. That is how different herds can all move in the same direction at the same time, even though they are far apart.
- Elephants are either right-tusked or left-tusked, just as humans are right or left handed.
- Elephants doze standing up. They only lie down for one to three hours a night.
- Elephants live mostly in the savannas of Africa and the tropical forests and plains of Asia.
- Elephants love water and eat up to 200kg of fresh plants a day.
- Elephants are of the same created kind as mammoths and mastodons which are now extinct.
Elephants use their trunks:
- to breathe;
- to smell;
- to gently pick up things—like tiny berries, a peanut, leaves or a tree log;
- as a powerful tool—to protect themselves or to pull up whole trees out of the ground;
- as a snorkel—when swimming [they can ‘tiptoe on the underwater tulips’ to a depth of two metres (7 feet) underwater];
- as a straw—to drink up to 4 litres of water at a time—although their trunk can hold up to 23 litres (6 gallons);
- to dig holes up to 3m deep to find water in dry riverbeds;
- to give themselves a bath—by spraying water over themselves;
- to blow dust over themselves—as sunscreen and insect repellent.
Tusks can be up to 1.8m long. Some have been up to 3.5m long. The heaviest tusk ever recorded weighed 107kg. And just like we have baby teeth, baby elephants have baby tusks (about 5cm long) before their permanent tusks start to grow.
God created every creature to reproduce after its own KIND. When elephants have a baby, we know it will not be a cow or a goat. It will be a baby elephant of course. The earliest ‘elephant-kind’ fossil was also clearly an elephant—totally and completely [i.e. elephants have always been elephants]. God created so many wonderful things for us to care for and enjoy. Things that are beautiful…. intricate… mysterious… perfect. To teach us about Him. To show us how wonderful, magnificent, wise and powerful He is. So that we will worship Him. Jesus. God the Creator.
Fun Elephant Facts
Size: African: 13 ft (4 m) tall
Asian: 8–11 ft (2.5–3.5 m) tall
Weight: African: 7–8 tons (4,500–7,500 kg);
Asian: 2–5 tons (2,000–5,000 kg)
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Proboscidea (elephant)
GENUS/SPECIES: Elephas maximus and Loxodonta africana (Asian and African)
Information from: creation.com ~ a fabulous site with lots of scientific information from a Biblical perspective. Written by Ph.D. scientists (previously evolutionists) who have come to believe that God says what He means and means what He says. Got questions about God and science? This is where you will find real answers. Like me, they are all about reinforcing the authority of Scripture and giving glory to God as designer. We CAN and MUST take God’s Word seriously. God says what He means and means what He says.
And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget… :)
Elephants mumbo jumbo (creation.com) Elephants are highly intelligent, use tools, and mourn their dead. They create complex social relationships, exhibit a wide spectrum of emotions, and even imitate human language.
Heard of Elephants (creation.com) The majestic elephant is perhaps the best known, and most admired, of the world’s wild animals.
Mammoths in Ice – Riddle of the Ice Age (creation.com) News recently flashed around the world of what many scientists hoped to be a nearly whole mammoth, found in permafrost in the Taymyr Peninsula in northern Siberia. Once again fascinated, people asked: ‘What exactly are mammoths?’, ‘Where did they come from?’, ‘When did they live?’, ‘Why did they become extinct?’…
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