Giraffes Can't Dance

I L-O-V-E the story Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. 

It is basically a story about a giraffe who isn't so great at dancing, but discovers it doesn't really matter what anyone thinks, as long as you are having fun and happy. My favorite line from the book is "Sometimes when you're different, you just need a different song." 

Some of my kids came up with the following themes for the story: 

"It's okay if you're different."
"As long as you are having fun that's all that matters." 
"We are all different and that's what makes us special." 

So I was super excited when I found an accompanying project here at an AMAZING art blog, Deep Space Sparkle. You can check it out the blog here:

Deep Space Sparkle

We created dancing giraffes!!! (Sorry about the poor quality of the picture ):  

First, we did a directed draw and created the giraffes, colored them, and outlined them with black Sharpies. 

Then we painted the backgrounds. 

The part I dislike the most tricky part was cutting all of the giraffes out. I do this for the kiddies since I know they might hack them to pieces have trouble with the cutting. I mean, look at this one.... really friend!?!?!

If you have a parent volunteer, they could help you with this!

Then we glue the giraffes to the background and voila! Gorgeous dancing giraffes. 

Of course we did writing to accompany the art, and we wrote about what makes us unique (and I forgot to take pictures of this). 

Some of my favorites: 

"I am unique because I hate mustard, and that's okay because not everyone has to like mustard." 

"I am unique because I can dance really great."

"I am unique because I have a pretty skin color not like anyone else's." 

"I unique because my whales are my favorite animal." 

And yes, all of the giraffes turned out just as unique as the kiddos. Check these out! 

Have a great Sunday!!!! :-) 


  1. Hi!! I'm a new follower!! I love this activity! Too cute! :)

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

  2. What a great lesson. The giraffes are adorable. That's the kind of art I love - when there's not one that looks the same as another. So great! I haven't read the book, but the message reminds me of "It's Okay to Be Different" by Todd Parr.
    Forever in First

  3. This is awesome! I hadn't heard of this book, so I'm super excited :) The giraffes are beyond cute! Have a great day!

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  4. Oh my gosh, I adore these giraffes! You are brave to get out paint, I did that for our Christmas gifts and I'm still finding finger prints all over our room!
    Stories From Second

  5. Great activity! I am going to be using it for sure. Thanks!!