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Elmer’s Photo Patchwork App

Elmer’s Photo Patchwork App is linked to one of our favourite book characters. It’s an easy to use, fun app which encourages the user to observe and take pictures of their surroundings and stimulates discussions about colours, patterns and textures in the world around them. We have three Elmer Photo Patchwork App codes to give away in time for you to have fun with Elmer during the Easter holidays.

We’ve used Elmer’s Photo Patchwork App on both the iPhone and the iPad although my daughter finds the iPhone version easier to use because of the bigger screen. Despite her limited experience with the iPad she understood how the app worked very quickly.

To create Elmer choose a background and a grey elephant from the parade. There is a choice of elephants, each has four patterns to choose from including Elmer’s traditional patchwork pattern, stars, swirls, jigsaw shapes and circles. After choosing the pattern click on one of the shapes, take a picture then repeat the process. If you’re not happy with your elephant you can give him a ‘shower’ and start again. To familiarise ourselves with the app we talked about how to take pictures first then practised around the house. Here’s our first Elmer!

Outside we took pictures of spring flowers. This gave us the opportunity to talk about the names of the flowers and their different colours and shapes.

My daughter likes Elmer’s friend Rose so she chose the heart pattern and took pictures of everything pink she could find! We found it interesting how the patterns on some of the items looked different depending on how close or how far away we held the camera. She took lots of pictures of pink clothes for this one!

We have the Elmer on Stilts story so we know how important camouflage can be. A walk in the woods gave us the opportunity to look at and talk about different shades of the same colour. Here’s our camouflaged Elmer!

Elmer’s Photo Patchwork App is a fun app for all the family. It has introduced my daughter to taking pictures, focussing and choosing the right angle for her shots and by choosing a theme you can develop a child’s learning. For example, when we created Rose we talked about different kinds of fabrics and their textures. The spring flower Elmer really encouraged us to look for as many different varieties and colours of flowers as we could find. We have lots of ideas for themes for our Elmer pictures, for example, pictures of our favourite book characters, our favourite fruit and vegetables, different kinds of wheels. All the time we’ll be moving, talking, learning and looking at the world around us.

Elmer’s Photo Patchwork App is available for iPhone and iPad and can be downloaded from iTunes. There are also German, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese versions.

Elmer's Photo Patchwork App https://storysnug.com #MyElmer

Thank you to Andersen Press for sending us an app code. We weren’t asked to write a review but we’ve had so much fun with the app that we wanted to tell you all about it and we’re thrilled to be able to give you the chance to win a code too!

Age Range: 3+

App Developer – Touchpress

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26 responses to “Elmer’s Photo Patchwork App”


  1. Verily Victoria Vocalises avatar

    This app looks so lovely. If Grace was still young enough, I would definitely be looking at this. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great app, also fun for big ‘kids’!


  2. Colette B avatar

    We are huge Elmer fans in our house – such a shame the app isn’t available on android.
    Lovely to see you on #TriedTested this week x


    1. Catherine avatar

      Several people have said the same, maybe the app will be available on Android one day.


  3. Katy {What Katy Said} avatar

    I love Elmer, definitely going to download this app! x


    1. Catherine avatar

      Enjoy! It’s a fun app 🙂


  4. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) avatar

    My son loves him to bits! Joining now! #pocolo


    1. Catherine avatar

      Good Luck Melinda!


  5. Ashley Beolens avatar

    I used to love elmer, the kids not so much 🙁 maybe this app will convince the youngest.


    1. Catherine avatar

      I still like the original Elmer story the best 🙂


  6. Nikki Frank-Hamilton avatar

    Wow! Cool app! Looks like you had a lot of fun with it. My kids are too old for this so I am passing on the free code, hopefully it goes to someone who will have as much fun with their child as you did. I cannot leave without remarking on what a wonderful mother and teacher you are. Creative. Patient. Kudos!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for visiting Story Snug and your lovely compliment Nikki, it’s made my day 🙂 The app is a lot of fun and we still have so many new elephant ideas. Elmer is a very inspiring elephant!


  7. Debbie avatar

    Hi Catherine, this Elmer looks like fun. We have to face the facts that technology is a big part of our children’s lives and apps like this, that encourage learning, are the positive side to technology. I love the bright colours and the fact that you can use your own images too.


    1. Catherine avatar

      We have been very cautious about technology and screen time until now but as you say technology is now part of our world so we can’t ignore it completely. Apps like this one do a great job of combining technology with real world experiences.


  8. Kate @ Family Fever avatar

    Oh we love Elmer, this looks fantastic! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a fun app. I like the way it gets children moving and looking at their surroundings.


  9. Emma Edwards (Adventures of Adam) avatar

    Looks a fantastic APP. We love Elmer!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lot of fun. Elmer inspires so many great crafts and activities 🙂


  10. Ghostwriter Mummy avatar

    Ah what a cute app! Pretty sure Bella would love it but we’d have to invest in some Elmer books too! x x


    1. Catherine avatar

      Elmer stories are worth investing in. Ours have been read so many times. My favourite is still the original Elmer story 🙂


  11. Jen @mymummyspennies avatar

    This look so cute! My daughter is a big Elmer fan so we’ve entered your giveaway 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really fun app. Good luck in the giveaway!


  12. Sharon Powell avatar

    My son loves elmer so I’m sure he would love this! Have entered comp so fingers crossed x



  13. Stephanie avatar

    That looks like a good app, one that would be good if you were out and about and then going to be sitting down somewhere quiet/boring afterwards. They could then set up their pictures that they have just taken.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s fun and encourages the child to actively appreciate their surroundings. It’s also a great way to introduce photography to young children.