Throwback Tuesday: Busy Little Elves

 Many years our homeschooling lessons took a backseat to the holidays and we instead centered our days around Christmas.  We made Christmas crafts, read Christmas stories, made snacks and treats, and had a ball centering our lessons around the seasons.  This post is originally from 2012 when all my boys were in grades k-3. 

We had a fun morning planned around elves.  I found lots of fun elf themed activities and lessons and we ended our day watching one of our favorite movies.



We read the book How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky.  It's a great book and if you've never read it, I highly recommend it.  I love all of his books.



After reading the story I had the boys fill out an elf application.  They had to fill in their name, birthday, age, answer a few questions, and get fingerprinted; it was really cute. 


We made their own elves to go with it.

We used a glyph to help us decide how to decorate each elf. Ian chose to make his mittens two colors since the glyph said to color mittens red if you like warm weather and green if you like cold weather and he likes both.  He did the same with his shoes since he likes sledding and making snowmen.

They really enjoyed this project and I love how they came out.



 I also worked on Santa's Slip Up: The Elf Awards with Ian and Alec.  It's a great logic/ problem solving activity we worked on altogether.  The boys enjoyed it and I hope to find more exercises like this one.  Using the clues provided we have to figure out which elf was supposed to get which award.

We finished our day watched the movie Elf and enjoying some yummy treats.





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Comments

  1. We often did the same type of thing during the holidays. We would finish the hard work in November and do only Christmas related things in the month of December. We had so many great movie days and baking days! I loved this so much and miss this part of creatively homeschooling. Thanks for sharing! This was a great idea. We never did anything regarding elves in our years of school!

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  2. What fun activities! We always took December off from regular lessons too and focused on Christmas stories, learning about carols, crafts, and making treats. Lots of opportunities for questions and answers.

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    1. Thank you! That's what we did each year too and I have zero regrets.

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  3. I love how they filled out an elf application! How fun
    Xoxo
    Jodie

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  4. Oh my gosh!! I love this so much!! I need to do this with my kiddo!

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    1. Thank you! It was a really cute and fun activity that kept them all quite engaged.

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  5. What a fun way to learn, Joanne! And, Elf would be the perfect end to the day!

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  6. I want an Elf Day!!!! So fun when kids are young

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  7. What fun!! Any day that ended with watching Elf was a great day!!

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    1. It sure would be! I loved ending our school days with holiday movies. It put all in such a great mood.

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  8. We have that Santa book, I read it to my stepson many many times!

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    1. It is such a cute book; Mrs. Krensky (his sister in-law, I think?) worked at our local school when I was working there so she got him to come in with a bunch of his books and read to the kids.

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  9. oh so much joyful creativity here, Joanne!

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  10. Love the cute idea of an elf application!
    Such a fun way to learn.

    Hugs and blessings, Joanne

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    1. It certainly was! I had so much fun pulling together lessons plans for our holiday units.

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  11. Such fun activities for kids. Did you all ever get into the Elf on the Shelf craze when your boys were younger? TikTok is full of elf mischievous this time of the year. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 141. Pinned.

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