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Early Years Calendar: Elmer Day

Saturday 29th May 2021

We all know and love the colourful patchwork elephant Elmer, but are we aware that he has his very own day in the annual calendar? The iconic jumbo will be celebrated this year on Saturday 29th May to help us embrace our true colours and spread some positivity around the World.

Schools, nurseries, libraries, bookshops, and families at home are all invited to join in. Here are some recommendations for a day of fun in any nursery:


Get dressed up!

Inviting staff and children to dress in their brightest colours is a sure-fire, yet easy way, to get everyone involved. This could also be used as a fundraising event for any chosen charity- perhaps a literacy-focused one?

Man holds painted mess
Photographer: Alice Dietrich | Source: Unsplash

Get messy!

Creating an Elmer picture is a fantastic opportunity for any child to ignite their imagination and see what colourful creations they can come up with. Whether using a paintbrush, crayons, glue or modelling clay, see just how many colours can be used in one masterpiece!

2017 Vintage
Photographer: Nacho Domínguez Argenta | Source: Unsplash

Get juicy!

In the traditional story Elmer covers up his beautiful colours with some grapes juice, so we suggest allowing children to explore some grapes! Whether they are squashing them, tasting them, or peeling them, this one is a great sensory activity for all ages.

NOTE: Grapes can be a choking hazard for young children so be sure to cut them in to suitable sizes dependent on the child’s age. Always cut length ways down the grapes, not across horizontally.

Read Elmer!

There are now many Elmer adventures to choose from so be sure to provide some of his stories in time for Elmer Day. These could be purchased, bought in from home or borrowed from a library.

Get stomping!

Older children always enjoy a bit of role-play so encouraging them to act out part of an Elmer story will not only help them to recall the story, but will also get them moving for some much needed physical activity.

Embrace our true colours

This is an important discussion to have with all children at any age; simply sit down with a group of children and talk to them about what makes us special. Ask them to identify one thing they like about themselves and one thing they like about a friend and see what wonderful qualities they can think of. This can be harder for them than we might realise, so give them time to think and offer examples to help them.

There are also plenty of other ideas and resources found on the Elmer Day website, so click the link to find out more Elmer Day | Elmer