Elmer the Elephant Color Learning Activity
by David McKee, this is definitely a book you need to check out. Elmer is a patchwork elephant with many colors. We made our own patchwork elephant with lots of colors and had a great time building and creating while talking about color names. This was such a great activity for both Little Guy and Baby Girl.
We started with Foam Sheets
in lots of different colors. You might have seen our color sorting scissor activity post where we practiced our scissor skills. These squares came in handy for this Elmer activity.
Visual Perception Activity for Kids
Visual perceptual skills in kids are necessary for so many things…from self-care to fine motor skills, to gross motor skills…all parts of a child’s development require visual perception. There are many pieces to the giant term of “visual perception”. This Elmer building activity works on quite a few of these areas:
Visual Discrimination is determining differences in color, form, size, shape…Finding different sized squares to fit into the outline of our Elmer, discriminating the different colors, and shapes are a great way to work on this area.
Visual Closure is the ability to fill in parts of a form in the mind’s eye to determine shape or a whole object. Filling in the missing parts of our Elmer works on this area.
Visual Spatial Relations is organizing the body in relation to objects or spatial awareness. This is an important part of handwriting. Spacing those pieces amongst the others and in relation to the lines is one way to work on this skill.
Visual Figure Ground is the ability to locate objects within a cluttered area (think “I Spy”). Finding a red square among the pile of foam pieces is one fun way to work on this area of visual perception.
We loved how our Elmer turned out! We’ll be using our frame again, soon. I can think of so many fun ways to learn and play with this dollar store frame and a marker!
Stop by the other blogger’s in the Preschool Book Club to see how they are playing and creating with the Elmer book:
Check out our other posts in the Preschool Book Club Series for activities based on favorite books: