Elf on the Shelf and Other Awesome Ideas

Elf on the Shelf and other fun ideas


Elf on the Shelf!  I have to admit until a few years ago I had NEVER heard of this holiday tradition.  There I was 40 years old and never exposed to the Elf on the Shelf!  Where on earth had I been?  I must also admit I was kinda creeped out by it too!

I first heard of this through the students in my classroom and totally felt like I was the WORST mom ever for not letting my kids experience the “Elf on the Shelf” fun.   As a mother, I tried hard to keep up with the “newest” traditions to make the Christmas season as fun as it could be.  How could I miss Elf on the Shelf!

Nevertheless, here was a new tradition that had been born and I was not participating in it.  I wanted to do this for my boys but as luck would have it, my children were past the age for this cute holiday adventure.

So, I had to enjoy the spirit of the Elf on the Shelf through my students, peers, Facebook, and Pinterest!  I kept pinning away the ideas as I knew I would do this one day for my grandchildren or something.  Or better yet, I could provide great ideas to my children one day with their little ones.

This year I have the wonderful opportunity to participate in Elf on the Shelf through my classroom again!  For three weeks we will encounter the mischievous ways of the Elf!  You may be asking yourself….just how is she going to tie that one into the curriculum?  I am glad you asked!  One of the standards I have to teach is narrator’s point of view and what better way than to have the students write from the viewpoint of one of the elves.  The only tricky part was thinking of ideas that could used in the classroom!  See pictures below for some of our fun from the previous years!



Need some ideas?  Want to know about other activities you can do with your child instead of Elf on the Shelf?  Check out my blog post featured on Atlanta Area Moms Blog for more information.

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