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9 Elmer-zing Activities with 'Elmer' by David McKee




Elmer was a very different elephant, he was a patchwork elephant. Unlike his friends, Elmer was all the other colours except elephant colour. It was Elmer who kept the other elephants happy. Until one day, he tried to be like the other elephants, to be the same colour.


He was pleased with not being recognised at first, but his true nature unleashed and he couldn't bear the boredom anymore! He soon revealed who he really was and created more laughter than ever.




 

Fun Activities with Elmer the Patchwork Elephant


Inspired by this amazing book, our team has put together a series of activities for children aged 2-8 years! From simple colouring activities as well as arts and craft, to advanced reading comprehension worksheets, we've got a total of 9 activities packed in a specially crafted storytelling guide! Here's a preview of some of the activities included:


For tiny toddlers (Age 2-3):

Colouring Elmer By Numbers


Elmer David McKee Art Craft Activities

From this activity, kids will:

identify and explore different colours.


You will need to:

retrieve the template from page 17 of the storytelling guide !


How to:

Colour Elmer’s body according to the numbers shown for each colour!



 
For playful preschoolers (Age 3-6):

Handprint Elephants Art

Elmer David McKee Art Craft Activities

From this activity, kids will:

unleash their creativity and freedom in art expression through creating their very own patterned elephant.


You will need:

  1. Paper

  2. Paints

  3. Paint brush

  4. Googly eyes

  5. Marker Pens

  6. Decorative bits and pieces (sequins, stickers, pom poms, etc.)


How to:

Elmer David McKee Art Craft Activities

 


 
For cheeky children (Age 5-7):

Elmer's Day Invitation Cards

Elmer David McKee Art Craft Activities

From this activity, kids will:

unleash their creativity and experience the preparation of events through creating invitation cards.


You will need:

  1. Paper

  2. Colour pencils / crayons

  3. Marker Pens

  4. Decorating bits and pieces (sequins, stickers, pom poms, etc.)


How to:

To begin this project, simply prepare papers and colouring materials such as coloured pencils, crayons and marker pens and you’re good to go!

To take it up a notch, cut out shapes and patterns from coloured papers or use decorative materials such as pom-poms and glitter and decorate your invitation card to your heart's content!


 


Loving the activities so far?

Have a look at more activities and worksheets planned out based on the book, just download and enjoy!



download free storytelling resources
 


Suggestive Reads from the Elmer series:

Check out the other books in the Elmer series on Me Books App!

Elmer books series David McKee

 

See also:

Elmer activities storytelling guide


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Elmer by David McKee

A book about Elmer, a patchwork elephant, a different elephant. Unlike his friends, Elmer was all the other colours except elephant colour. It was Elmer who kept the other elephants happy, until one day, he tried to be like the other elephants, to be the same colour.


He was pleased with not being recognised at first, but his true nature unleashed and he couldn't bear the boredom anymore! He soon revealed who he really was and created more laughter than ever.





Elmer’s subtle message, that it is OK to be different, resonates with children across the world. Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since 1989.


(Source: amazon.co.uk)



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