Was supposed to post this 2 weeks ago, but as usual, work got in the way. Anyhoo, this is a very simple Elf on the Shelf craft but has gotten many compliments in school.
a cut out of the Elf, art paper, scissors, crayons, cellophane tape
1) Print out Elf picture
2) Let the children color it then cut it out
3) On another piece of paper, let the children draw the picture you intend them to draw, or let their imaginations go wild (depending on age. The older your kid is, the more accurate their drawing will be. Otherwise, draw them an example, and ask them to copy it, which was what I did with my kids)
3) Fold the Elf’s bottom and knees, so it’ll look like he’s sitting down.
4) Fold the cellophane tape in such a way that when you stick the elf, it’ll look like it’s sticking out of the paper, for the 3D effect. (Refer to the picture attached)
5) Tada! Your very own Elf on the Shelf! 🙂
It’s very simple! Just print out the pictures from this template, cut it out, then stick it on a lolly/ice-cream stick. And voila! Your puppets 🙂
1) We need at least 2 people.
2) Go behind a cabinet. Make sure you aren’t seen by the audience 🙂
2) Sing baa baa black sheep and pop out each character as you sing the song. For example, when you sing “baa baa black sheep”, show the sheep; “one for my master”, show the master and so on 🙂
Happy making and performing!
Baa Baa Black Sheep template.
As I was browsing the net for some craft ideas, I stumbled across a few that inspired me and gave me this idea for Elmer the Elephant 🙂 (I’ve done another craft for the Elmer and the Lost Teddy Bear. You can find it here.)
This one’s pretty straight-forward really.
This is the template: Elmer craft
To make it more ‘fun’ I used the fasteners for Elmer’s ears so the kids can move them up and down 🙂
These are some really great books to read to your children. Some of my favorite from the list are:
1. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
2. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (OF COURSE! :))
4. The Napping House by Audrey Wood (I’ve not read this book myself but from its synopsis, it sounds like a charming little story which I’d love to read to my kids :))
5. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle (Also one of my all-time favs!)
For the complete list, click here.
Hope you can find something that tickles your fancy! 🙂
1. Alice in Wonderland: I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. (Ahuh…I agree with you Alice!)
2. The Little Mermaid: The human world…It’s a mess. (LOL how true Sebastian)
3. Peter Pan: A jealous female can be tricked into anything. (True. True? Hmm….LOL)
4. The Lion King: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it. (But of course!)
5. Pocahontas: The water’s always changing, always flowing. But people, I guess, can’t live like that. (Not everyone can deal with change…or like change)
6. Mulan: You’re at peace because you know it’s okay to be afraid. (Ohhhmm….)
7. Pinocchio: A conscience is that still, small voice that people don’t listen to.
8. Alice in Wonderland (I LOVE THIS ONE): If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.
9. Aladdin: Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.
10. Snow White: You’re never too old to be young. (OH YEEEAH! :D)
11. Winnie the Pooh: I’m glad. At least I think I’m glad. (Yep! Positive thinking, Pooh ;))
For the full list of movie quotes, click here.
Another recent favorite. We read it twice on two different days, so much so the children can recite the ‘I’m a pout pout fish, with a pout pout face, so I spread the dreary-wearies, all over the place.”
This is what we did together to make the story more interactive:
1) Before starting, I asked the kids to show me a pout. “Give me the worst pout ever!” That created a few giggles. Some thought they ‘pouted’ when they were actually smiling. Pointing that out created more giggles! 🙂 Ask them if we pout when we are happy or sad.
2) Briefly tell them what this story is about.
3) Before you start, tell them you need their help to tell this story. Ask them to say this with you: “Blub…bluuuub…bluuuuuubbbb….” My kids loved this part a lot! Remember to say this with a pout and a sulk!
4) When you read the story, remember, BE EXPRESSIVE and DRAMATIC! Use different voices!
As for the activity, we cut out the outline of a fish, and created our very own Pout Pout Fish!
1) Color the fish. Remember to draw a really nice pout! Or turn it into an upside down pout. (One of my kids turned her fish upside down to show me hers is a Smile-Smile Fish :))
2) Cut out the fish.
3) Stick it on a white piece of paper. Draw your fish her/his friends and other sea creatures. (I managed to take a picture of some of their work.)
Alternatively (for older kids), you can also ask them draw what can they do to help a friend turn their pout into a smile. What can they do to make someone else feel better?