Elmer Activities

Elmer Activities

We’ve been reading Elmer this week. It’s the tale of a colourful elephant – not elephant coloured – all different colours, and he makes the other members of his herd smile. When he decides to make himself elephant coloured by rubbing himself all over with berry juice, the other creatures in the jungle don’t recognise him. All the other elephants don’t know he’s Elmer, either, and so they all stand very still and silently.
It sounds to us like Elmer makes them happy, because without him they seem quite melancholy (my word, not James’, but his feeling is the same). When Elmer shows himself to his herd, the first time I read it, I (unintentionally) made James nearly jump out of his skin. Now he finds it as hilarious as the other elephants do, so this book has become a big hit in our house!

Elmer the elephant is so bright and colourful there are so many activities you can do alongside the story with toddlers and preschoolers

If you’ve never read it, where have you been?! This book has been around since the 1960s, isn’t that crazy?! Actually, of course that’s not crazy; it’s a brilliant book.

 a matching game for toddlers and preschoolers based on the Elmer story
Yesterday I was packing for our trip to Wales and needed James to have a bit of something to do while I was busy. I found this pack of Elmer activities on Twinkl.
He quickly matched all the elephants before asking for the scissors. Then he declared that he’d make “mixed-up animals”.
mixed up elephants from the Elmer book and twinkl activity pack on babyfoote.com

mixed up elephants from the Elmer book and twinkl activity pack on babyfoote.com He also spent some time cutting the Elmers out before basically making a mess of elephant parts in the living room and our bedroom. I really liked how carefully he cut the smallest elephants out. His scissor work is excellent these days.

There are a load of colouring sheets in the Twinkl pack, and I fully believed I’d brought those to Wales with us. I had decided they’d make a really good screen-free pre-bed activity. James arrived at the guesthouse and immediately asked to do drawing. I know my boys! Alas, it appears I didn’t pack the colouring sheets. Argh! So James used the blank pages in the back of my Stick to Stigu planner with glue and tissue paper to make “Elmer pages”.

The colourful elephant has now cheered up my diary; what a wonderful creature!

Weekend Book Club


  1. Jo Hayes
    March 11, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    This is lovely Helena and some really lovely photos too. So pleased our boys share a love of Elmer and I must download these cards, etc. Great idea with the tissue paper. James looks a master of the scissors! x

    • March 14, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      That tissue paper is lovely because it’s precut! Ideal for little projects like this 🙂

  2. March 14, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Wow, I didn’t realise it had been about for so long! It looks really fun.
    Amanda. #weekendbookclub

  3. March 16, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Lovely post, I love the Elmer activities too, looks like you have had a lot of fun! #weekendbookclub

  4. March 17, 2016 / 9:16 am

    What a great idea! We love Elmer in our house. Thanks for sharing 🙂 #weekendbookclub

  5. March 17, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I have never read any Elmer books yet (though we have one out from the library just now) and I will be honest and ay I had never heard of him until I had M 2 years ago. Looks like some great activities!

  6. March 21, 2016 / 10:46 am

    We always take paper everywhere too. Lucky your planner came to the rescue. We have lots of Elmer books still although the boys are growing out of them now #weekendbookclub

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