Weekly Read – Elmer


This week’s Weekly Read is Elmer by David McKee. I’m also  including an activity to go with it which a few of you have requested.

Elmer the patchwork elephant doesn’t look like all the other elephants, they are grey but he is colourful and patchwork! And Elmer has a special role – it’s his jokes that keep the other elephants laughing. But Elmer is fed up of being different. “Whoever heard of a patchwork elephant?”

Elmer decides to make himself look like all the other elephants  by painting himself with berry juice! At first no one recognises him but all that changes when he makes them laugh!

This book celebrates difference – the unique things we all bring – our ‘true colours’. A perfect book to help children understand diversity.

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I came across this make on the brilliant Imagination Tree so over the summer we had a go at home.

You will need: an empty milk container (the 2 or 4 pint ones are best), scissors, glue, squares of tissue paper.

Stand the milk jug up and cut into it just below the handle. This will form the elephant’s trunk. Then cut off the entire bottom half of the jug and cut four legs into it, as well as a little tail.

Provide the children with tissue paper squares and glue and encourage them to stick the squares all over using a picture of Elmer as a guide.


Make the ears by cutting equal sized pieces of white card into semi circles, with a tab at the bottom to glue onto the body. Then stick the coloured squares onto the ears before attaching them. Finally we added googly eyes but you could make them from card.

Here is a finished Elmer!


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