Dot Marker Activity with Elmer

You have likely read Elmer by David McKee several times (or more!). If not, you almost certainly would know the patchwork elephant if you saw his picture! What you may not know is that Elmer was first published as long ago as 1968. The stories, which are published in multiple languages, are treasured, and they are as relevant now as they ever were.

Recently, I’ve had fun doing a dot marker activity inspired by Elmer’s story and his beautifully colorful appearance. 

dor marker art


  • dot markers
  • elephant template
  • twine, yarn, or paper (for the tail)
  • scissors and tape (for the tail)


  1. Print the elephant template from my Free Resource Library.
  2. Use dot markers to decorate the elephant.
  3. Cut out the elephant if you’d like.
  4. Make a tail using a twine, yarn, or a strip of paper.

How to Make Dot Marker Elmer

preschool elmer art

Regular readers will know I am a proud mom of two, and my pre-schooler (seriously, when did she get so big?) would be thrilled to know I’ve shared her effort here. It now has pride of place in her ‘art gallery’ in the playroom.  

Super Simple Book Report

Doing a fun and creative art project is a good way to start, but why not extend the activity by adding in my super simple book report for kids? It’s great to use with Elmer, provided your students are old enough to write and they find enjoyment doing so. 

There are 21 versions of book reports to use in reading/literacy centers, as guided reading extensions, or to assist in retelling a story. Some also include a space for students to draw their favorite character or moment from the book. The versions are differentiated by difficulty, so you can use the most suitable versions. 

Get the book report here.

book report for kids
Elmer activities


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