Elmer the Elephant (elephants are hard to draw!)

Elmer is such an adorable book, and it is always a crowd pleaser with the little ones.  We are going on a zoo field trip in a couple of weeks, so I am trying to squeeze in as many zoo animals as I can before we go!  Today was elephant day in the lovely world of Kindergarten.  

The kids really wanted to make an Elmer craft, but I didn't have any time to...
A.  Make the craft
B. Prep the craft
C.  Actually do the craft

So instead, I googled "directed drawing of an elephant" and we went to town on drawing one and writing sentences.  I lead the class, shape by shape, of how to draw an elephant.  Once we finished, they traced their pencil lines with a marker.  Then I asked them to draw vertical and horizontal lines to make the patchwork, to then color in.

Once they colored Elmer in, they wrote a couple of sentences to accompany their drawing.

I think this little guy is adorable!  Look how cute he turned out...

Sometimes kids can get overwhelmed when you ask them to draw something specific (aka, an elephant...) so I took the directed drawing route to practice listening and following directions, AND to make them all feel successful in their drawing ability.  


  1. Such a cute idea! I am so impressed how great their elephants turned out! :)

  2. Really adorable! You have some creative kiddos there! :)


  3. I LOVE ELMER!!!! Your kids' drawing came out great!! I always read it at the beginning of the year. We talk about everyone being different and the kids each make their own Elmer. I still have them up on the wall :) earlier this year I ordered a whole set of Elmer books. If your kids like that one, you should check out the others!!! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  4. Elmer is one of my all time FAVORITES. I never thought to have the kids draw it themselves, LOVE this idea. PINNNING!!!!!!

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  5. Elmer is one of the best books ever!!!! What a cute activity! Thanks for sharing!

    Compassionate Teacher

  6. I love this book. Great idea.

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