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 past year I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in Elf on the Shelf through my classroom! For three weeks we encountered 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! Want some ideas for using the Elf on the Shelf in your classroom? Check out my blog post from last year for some ideas!
It is never too early to start planning ahead! Need some ideas? Check out my Pinterest board for PLENTY of great ideas! If you are new to the “elfing fun” the great thing is that you do not have to purchase the actual Elf on a Shelf to do this with your child. Any elf will do!
Elf on the Shelf is not the only awesome activity you can do with young ones (or old). There are plenty of other ideas for you to share the Christmas magic with your young ones.
Christmas Angel This sweet little angel is very much like the Elf on the Shelf. The kit comes with an angel, a bag of gold dust and a storybook. The book explains how the angel came to Mary and told her she was going to have baby Jesus. Messages are left daily in the gold dust that encourages giving.
What God Wants For Christmas For seven nights you share the story of Christmas while opening a gift box. Each box contains an item that pertains to the Christmas story.
Roaming Reindeer This is the story of two of Santa’s reindeer, Gus and Sam, who see that Santa is overwhelmed with the naughty and nice lists for Christmas. They decide to help Santa by visiting girls and boys. Sam is saddened and runs away whenever he sees someone being naughty. Gus and Sam decide to work together, side by side, to visit each home. Whenever Sam runs away, he should report to Santa, while Gus sticks around to keep watch. When they run out of time to visit all of the rest of the children, the two reindeer decide to enlist their friends in pairs of two to help. They create a system for Reindeer 1 disappear to report to Santa about behavior, while Reindeer 2 sticks around. All of the reindeer leave on Christmas Eve to help Santa deliver the gifts.
To celebrate this fun activity, I am going to give away an Elf on the Shelf doll. Winner will select whether they want the female or male edition.
Giveaway open to US and ends November 26, 2015.