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Thanks to an overwhelming response, Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail Learning Programme is now full. We will be in touch with successful schools over the next couple of weeks.

We’re very excited to be working with 30 schools over the next few months to help their pupils and staff to be inspired, get imaginative and celebrate the uniqueness of Ōtautahi in the most spectacular art event to take place across the region. Schools will be designing and decorating their very own Elmer sculpture and helping raise funds for the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust. The Elmer sculpture is based on the beloved children’s book character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, who promotes positive messages about inclusivity, kindness, compassion and friendship. 

For 12 weeks over the summer of 2023/24, indoor locations around Christchurch and Canterbury will host their beautifully created Elmers – showcasing the wealth of artistic talent from the young people of Canterbury. At the end of the trail their sculpture will be returned to their school, to keep forever. 

Each school that receives a sculpture to decorate, will be given a cross-curricular learning resource pack that includes lesson plans, classroom templates and activities to help their staff and pupils to get the most out of participating in this citywide event. 

Information Pack

Schools Resources

Click the buttons below to find a selection of resources to be used in the classroom or at home!

Design Submission Form Brain Hat Brain Colouring Sheet Colour in Elmer Colouring Fun Dice Game Elmers Maze Milk Bottle Elmer Pin the Trunk on Elmer Paper Plate Mask

Elmer’s Buddy Bench Bonanza

We invite your school to participate in a fundraiser as part of the Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail! The goal is simple: raise as much money as possible for Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust over the next two months to win your very own ‘Buddy Bench’ sculpture. This enchanting and functional piece of art will provide a space for students to connect, support, and build friendships during playtimes. 

Elmer’s Buddy Bench Bonanza

Be part of a truly amazing event

School Benefits

Decorating your very own mini Elmer to keep forever

Learning about concussion prevention and treatment

Exploring Elmer stories

How other schools have benefitted

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