Personal social and emotional development: A day with Elmer

1 November 2018

The creator of Elmer, the famous patchwork elephant, is David McKee, writer and illustrator. Judith Harries looks at how to explore his books which are renowned for tackling issues such as cultural differences, acceptance of others, and how to form positive relationships.

Ideas inspired by David MKee’s books include ways to celebrate ‘Elmer’s Day’, learning about making friends and settling arguments, and using drama games to celebrate differences and explore characters. Other notable books include Not Now, Bernard, Two Monsters, Two Can Toucan and the Mr Benn stories which inspired a legendary TV series.


Playing and exploring

  • Children play a circle game and share what they like about each other.
  • They take on the role of elephants and experience playing and moving together.
  • They act out different characters for each other to identify.

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