Siblings Peyton and Quintin Leadley have made the most of their free time by creating elephants out of snow in their Bamberg front yard. The two homeschoolers were working on a project on African elephants, which inspired the front-yard beast they named ‘Elon Tusk.’
The elephantidae stands nearly 10-feet-tall and has a slide running down its trunk that the kids are making the most out of.
“We kind of started with just a little pile in the middle, and we expanded it every snow,” said Quintin, with Peyton adding that “we kept on packing it down.”
The creature melted after the first rain, which prompted the kids to pat down the snow and build back better. To build up snow, they used shovels and snowplows with the help of their parents and neighbours.
The Leadley kids have plans of hollowing out the creature if the temperature remains cool, keeping the snow on the ground for a little longer. The goal is to create a TV room inside at the end of a tunnel.
The project is just one of many creative winter hobbies the brother and sister duo have taken on. Another one was sleeping underneath their snow-covered trampoline fort, and in another fort that subsequently melted away.
The creation also received assistance from neighbours Marilyn Hartung and her husband Richard, who also enjoyed playing in the snow. The couple created a shuffleboard on their pond and a couple of snow sculptures around their property, including a man sitting on a real toilet attending to his business surrounded by stacks of toilet paper rolls.
“They’re not our own grandkids, but they are like grandkids to us,” said Hartung.