Imaginations expanded as children at Dungog Library turned part of a plastic milk bottle into an elephant.
Decorating it was 'serious business'. But how would they bring their elephant to life? There were so many options.
At least the trunk was already there. The handle of the milk bottle had taken care of that.
Three-year-old Elijah Liebregts had a plan from the beginning.
He wanted to decorate his elephant with his three favourite colours "green, black and orange".
"My favourite bit is the top, it's green," he said.
Elijah is a regular at Dungog Library's Story Time session, which gives children the chance to have a book read to them before they engage in a craft activity.
This week the book was Have You Seen Elephant, which led the children through a hide-and-seek game where they subtly counted between one and 10.
Elaine Johnston has been reading the Story Time book to children for many years.
She said the outing gave children an opportunity to socialise and become comfortable with books.
"A lot of them go home with a pile of books to read," Mrs Johnston said.
"I love reading to the kids and seeing them grow.
"It's also a good introduction to reading."
Elijah's mother Melissa said the weekly session, which runs during the school term, was a worthwhile experience for young children.
"He enjoys everything about it," she said.
"We talk about it the day before and he gets excited.
"He knows the other kids here now and he loves the story and the craft.
"We go and play in the park afterwards if it's not too hot, so it's a whole morning of entertainment for him."