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!
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.
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”.
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!