Uniqueness Celebrated At Kiddi Caru Plympton With Elmer The Elephant
The children at Kiddi Caru’s Plympton day nursery have been embracing their differences, following the example set by one of their favourite literary characters, Elmer the Elephant, who also paid them a special visit. The original Elmer book was published in 1968, introducing the cheerful and optimistic elephant’s now famously distinctive yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white patchwork pattern. Later stories explored themes relating to diversity, with Elmer discovering that when he tries to change his appearance in order to 'blend in' with the other elephants, they no longer recognise him, or accept him as one of their own. A giant Elmer joined the children during their story time to read the famous book,and the children discussed how different they all are and learned about inclusion. They also made their own artwork inspiredby the story, using brightly coloured tissue paper to create their own Elmers.
Tracey Callan, Nursery Manager, said: “Elmer is one of those characters that children have loved for generations. He has a wonderful personality and the stories really capture their imaginations. When Elmer paints himself grey toblend inandit begins to rain,washing the greyaway to reveal his true colours,he realises that his friends love him just the way he is.