Today we met Elmer, the patchwork elephant!!!
Around 20 children accompanied by the teaching staff of DIA-drasis and some parents willing to help, we walked to Fargani Theatre near Kamara. There, a colorful jungle was waiting for us to begin the adventures with Elmer! Almost 30 years after Elmer was published, a Greek theatre company adapted the stories into one puppet-theatre performance with lots of colours and music!!! Everyone was excited and pleased to watch the performance.
“Elmer, the patchwork elephant” is a favorite children’s picture book series by the British author David McKee. Elmer, the lead character, is an elephant with rainbow and white squares arranged as a patchwork. He has a cheerful and optimistic personality, and he loves practical jokes. The book series begins when Elmer decides to paint himself grey so that he looks like the other elephants… The stories help children to explore the concept of diversity through the various adventures of Elmer and his friends.
The stories of Elmer in DIA-drasis activities were used to approach multiculturalism and diversity. Elmer became the theme of the week and children read stories, watched videos, sing songs about a little elephant and work on relevant activities!