Story corner activities for Elmer – ‘Everyone’s favourite elephant’

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By Louise Richmondteaching assistant in a Reception class

Elmer is a fun, friendly, colourful patchwork elephant, different to all other elephants. Written by David McKee, the story explores what it’s like to be different in a positive way, celebrating individuality

Elmer the elephant

Activities in this article:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Physical Development
  5. Expressive Arts and Design
  6. Literacy, Communication and Language
  7. Display ideas

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1. Mathematics


Look at a picture of Elmer; encourage the children to identify the shape that is used for his pattern. When the children have identified the shape talk about the features of a square – four straight edges, four corners etc. Have a selection of 2D shapes for the children to make comparisons. Provide children with an elephant-shaped piece of paper and a selection of pre-cut coloured squares. Support children as they stick the squares on the elephant to make a patchwork design.


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