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.