DIY Christmas Elf on the Shelf Idea for Kids: An Easy Craft with Shapes

#DIY Christmas #Elf on the Shelf toilet tube craft for teachers of preschool #kids

Inside:Idea for a kindergarten Christmas-themed craft project that uses geometric shapes as the main parts of a DIY Elf on the Shelf.

I’ve seen elves on the shelf perform well as temporary behavioural centinels for pre-school children at the beginning of December. Phrases like “Remember the Elf is watching if you are good!” are often heard around these fellas.

The truth is they are a lot of fun to see hanging around the room and the children love making them.

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How is this Elf on the Shelf project good for my educational-crafts-only classroom?

This Christmas activity for young children aims to encourage the use of mathematical language (geometric shapes) amongst the children, as well as providing an opportunity for a good fine motor skills workout with all that zig-zag folding going on.

This idea can be used to introduce the concept of geometric shapes to toddlers during this time of the year.

For the Early Years curriculum in the UK, it covers the area of expressive arts and design as each child will personalize their elf in their own unique way.

If you make the Elves in groups, you can use them as Christmas decorations for a kindergarten classroom. “Look Ma’, that’s my Elf!”

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Materials:

  • You can either draw the Elf’s face in a circle or download my printable template (link at the bottom of this page).
  • Construction paper, scissors and any type of glue (or even tape!).
  • Cardboard rolls (I cut kitchen rolls in half)
  • Random craft materials for personalization.

Craft supplies needed to make an Elf on the shelf for preschool at Christmas

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Make an Easy Elf on the Shelve

1. Colour Elf’s head as you want.

2. Cut out one green triangle for Elf’s hat, and one green square or rectangle for the body. It doesn’t matter how big or small, that is up to you. Elf trusts you.

 

Elf face template for making elfs on the shelf at christmas time with the kids

3. Cut out four strips of red paper about as thick as your finger and as long as you want them to be. They are the legs and arms of Elf.

 

Free Printable Numbers 1-10 with Animal Designs

 

4. Fold Elf’s arms and legs in a zig-zag fashion until they look like little accordeons and then let go. It feels so nice to let go.

5. Glue one end of those zig-zaggy arms and legs to Elf’s body, and then glue the body to the cardboard roll. Make sure Elf’s square is at the same level of the edge of the cardboard roll. So Elf can sit. Thanks.

6. Personalise Elf’s looks however you please. Then place her/him on a shelf.

DIY #Christmas #Elfs on the Shelf toilet tube craft for teachers of preschool kids

I’d love to see how everybody’s Elves turn out.

If you make this craft please consider sending me a photo of your Elves in a private message on Facebook or Instagram. Thank you!

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Idea Twist:

As the founders of the blogs Hello, Wonderful and Non-Toy Gifts suggested, you can make this craft using the children’s photos and turn the kids into Christmas elves!

Need more ideas for Christmas in Preschool?

Craft using different materials to complete the pictures of three popular Christmas characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snowman! #christmas #craft #kids
Complete the Christmas characters

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DIY Cut-and-Paste Christmas Card

 

Elf on the shelf PDF template:

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TpT users: This printable is also available trough my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

 

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Complete the Xmas Characters: Santa, Reindeer and Snowman (Christmas Craft Activity for Kids)

Snowman Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids

 

A winter arts and craft activity where kids have to use different materials to complete the pictures of three famous characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snowman!
Free printable included (link at the bottom of the post).

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Craft using different materials to complete the pictures of three popular Christmas characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snowman! #christmas #craft #kids
Complete the Christmas characters

(Video) Incomplete Xmas Characters

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#Christmas DIY Elf on the Shelf toilet tube #craft for teachers of #preschool kids

DIY Christmas Elf on the shelf for Preschool kids.

How to play:

Print the incomplete drawings of the Christmas characters (link to free printable included at the bottom of this post) and gather different materials to craft the rest of the pictures.

Can you find something that resembles Santa’s fluffy beard?

Santa Claus Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids #santaclaus

Rudolph needs some antlers and a big red nose to guide the way for the other reindeer!

Raindeer Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids #raindeer

That snowman (or snow-woman) is getting cold! Do you mind making a nice warm scarf for him/her to wear? (and a nose, mouth and couple of buttons would be nice too, thank you!)

Snowman Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids

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Incomplete illustrations of these characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snow-person

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More ways to play:

Go natural: Go outside and find resources in nature that you can use for this activity. Sticks for the reindeer’s antlers? YES!

Go green: Use only recycled trash to craft your Christmas characters. I reckon Mr. Snowman would fancy a really nice scarf made out of candy wrappers 🙂

 

* This activity was inspired by the guest activity “Complete the Animals” done in collaboration with the fantastic blog The Best Ideas for Kids – Check it out!

 

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Instructions to Download:

1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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Bugs and Nature Simple Stamping Art Activity with Apples (printable included)

Red Stamped Ladybugs for Bugs and Nature Simple Stamping Art activity for Preschool Kids using Apples. #preschool #crafts #apples #stamped

Make awesome stamp-art pictures of bugs and nature using paint and apples with this fun Arts and Crafts game idea!

(Video) Bugs and Nature Stamping Art Activity with Apples

Here’s a quick video of how to play this apple stamping game.

Instructions:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page.

2. Cut a bunch of apples in half and add paint to them using a paintbrush (if you don’t mind using more paint, you can use paper plates as paint-trays).

3. Complete each picture stamping the half-apples with the color(s) of your choice.

(Optional) Use crayons to color in the rest of the picture.

 

 

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PDF with incomplete drawings of Ladybugs, Tree, Butterflies, Flower, Caterpillar (or Worm) and Campfire.

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Doors and Windows Coloring Printable For DIY Recycled Town, Cardboard City or Paper Dollhouse

Doors and Window Printables a fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #diykids #printable #greencrafts #rainbowcraft

 

Save time making DIY toy houses and buildings with recycled materials by printing these lovely doors and windows.

That way you can use the extra time to make entire towns, cities or even a huge dollhouse mansion (or would that be called a “dollmansion”?).

* Rainbow Town was inspired by the book “My Colour is Rainbow” by Agnes Hsu, a short children’s book about acceptance (much needed nowadays!) *

* I get a small commission for purchases made through the link above *

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About the printable

It is a PDF with 3 pages:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Signs

The Doors and Windows come in a sort-of medieval looking style and a few of them can “open and close” for extra fun.

The Signs page comes with a big “Welcome to Rainbow Town” entrance sign because this printable came to life for a guest post I had the chance to make with the amazing Hello Wonderful (you can see the full tutorial here).

There are also a bunch of blank signs so the kids can draw whatever symbols or words they need for their buildings.

In the Rainbow Town, we included symbols for a Pastry shop, a Flower shop, a Hat shop and a School (which I clearly chose badly because my wife thought the building with the apple symbol was a fruit shop, lol).

Welcome to Rainbow town sign for a recycled town project. A fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #rainbows #kidscraft #papertown

How to use it:

Super easy!

  • Paint or wrap in recycling paper any cardboard box or whatever empty package you have without bugs in it.
  • Choose which of the windows and doors would fit better for your building.
  • Color them in, cut them out and paste them in place.
  • Voilá! You have a building!

If you’d like to see a complete step-by-step tutorial on how the toilet-roll houses and juice-box buildings of Rainbow Town were made, hop over to the guest post at Hello Wonderful.

Colourful Hotel for a recycled town project. A fun DIY kids craft toy made out of recycling #cardboardcraft

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Teamwork and Community Activity for Kids:

If you have a group of kids, have them all make one or two buildings of their choice and put together a town where all of them contribute to make it beautiful!

You can expect to have several of the same type of building, and that’s ok! (Police stations and Supermarkets will probably be easy to find in your town) you can always encourage the kids to make more buildings if you want the town to have a more diverse range of public spaces 🙂

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Examples of finished buildings and houses:

Note: This idea was created in collaboration with Hello Wonderful (I love their Facebook Page and you might too!). You can see Box of Ideas’ guest post over there.

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Incomplete Animals – Coloring Pages for Arts and Crafts Game

Art supplies and cat from Complete The Animals Game - Fun idea for an Arts and Crafts game where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to complete the bodies of different animals. Free PDF has the base drawings for printable for the following animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep.

A fun Arts and Crafts game idea where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to finish the incomplete bodies of different animals.

Complete The Animals Game - Fun idea for an Arts and Crafts game where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to complete the bodies of different animals. Free PDF has the base drawings for printable for the following animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep.

 

(Video) Crafting Animals at High Speed

Here’s a video of my super-speedy hands making the examples for this game:

Instructions:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page (it comes in English and Spanish)

2. Complete each animal in a crafty way by playing with your creativity and any random materials that you find around.

Unleash your creativity!

Experiment with odd materials that don’t look like art supplies at all. That brings a richer experience for the player because it gives more satisfaction to them knowing they “discovered” a new way of using something. Who doesn’t love that feeling?

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Incomplete illustrations of these animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep. Available in English and Spanish 🙂

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Idea twists:

Recycling Mode: Play an eco-friendly version of this game by using mostly materials that would otherwise be thrown away (clean trash).

Animal Breeds: Print many copies of the same animal and craft them in different breeds.

Teaching Art Styles: Ask the kids to complete each animal using techniques related to different art movements like Impressionism, Minimalism, and my absolute favorite, Surrealism.

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Note: This idea was created in collaboration with The Best Ideas For Kids blog (I love their Facebook Page and you might too!). You can see my post as a guest over there.

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1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language

Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language - Free printables of colour names in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and a BLANK version to add more languages.

Inside: Preschool game where the children come up with ideas of round-shaped things that have a specific color. Includes free color names template in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

If you are teaching names of colors to kids (in any language) you should try this idea.

Your kids will use their creativity to come up with things that include a circle shape as a base and have a specific color.

Video:

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The colors included are: red, blue, green, yellow, pink, orange, purple, gray, black, brown and white.

To keep it multilingual, the PDF is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish as well as a BLANK version so you can add the names of the colors yourself in any other language(s).

Need more languages? Add them to the BLANK version.

 

2. Using the circle shape as a base, the kids should come up with a drawing of something that is mainly of the color named at the top of each page. This will help to exercise their creativity as well as their color identification skills.

 

3. Now it’s time to add color with crayons, paint, use it as a playdough mat, or do whatever the kids decide with whatever materials are available to them.

 

You might also like: Animal Numbers 1-10 Printable for Kindergarten (multilingual)

1-10 Animal Numbers

 

 

Idea twist:

  • Practice with many combinations of shapes and colors. Use a black marker to draw different non-circle shapes that the kids can use as a base for their designs. Can you think of something yellow and triangular that is not an Angry Bird? ?

 

A few examples:

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Here are a few samples of the printables that you get with your download (the images below have mixed languages for display purposes only, in your download all the printables are nicely organized by individual language):

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1-10 Animal Numbers for Kids (Free Multilingual Numbers Printables Bundle: Individual Posters, Flashcards and Coloring Pages)

1 to 10 Printable numbers in different languages #numeracy #numbers #earlychildhoodeducation #kindergarten

Inside: Free small and large numbers 1-10 printable for kindergarten in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Also available for free as numbers 1-10 printable flashcards and 1-10 number cards printable coloring pages.

Use these numbers with cute animal faces to teach counting and numbers recognition to kids in any language.

Each design has an X amount of animal faces within the number that matches the value of each number (i.e. Number three has three little pigs ?) so your kids can count them.

The Animal Numbers Bundle includes 3 PDF files:

  • 1 to 10 Numbers Individual Posters
  • 1 to 10 Numbers Flashcards
  • 1 to 10 Numbers Coloring Pages

And, since I love everything multilingual the bundle is available in 6 different languages, as well as a Blank version (so you can add the numbers yourself in any other language):

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Italian

Animal Numbers 1-10

Bilingual kids tips

  • Make a bilingual numbers memory game (a normal sized one using the flashcards or a GIANT one using the posters).
  • Make dual-language numbers flashcards by pasting the cards back-to-back in your chosen languages.

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Idea to Practice Color Names using Creativity

 

DIY Addition Machine – A fun way to learn addition

A nice teacher from Mexico sent me this video where he used the Animal Numbers to make an “addition Machine” (Máquina de sumar, in Spanish).

He used two painted toilet rolls and taped them to a shoe box.

Above each of the toilet rolls he placed one of the free number flash-cards to indicate how many pom-pons the student should introduce. Then the child only needs to count the total number of pom-pons in the box to know the answer.

Another teacher from a Facebook group commented that the machine could be improved by placing a “+” symbol between the flash-cards.


If you make anything with this free numbers printable, please consider sending me your video to be featured in my Facebook Page so other teachers can get inspired by your idea.

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Here are a few samples of the printables that you get with your download (the images below have mixed languages for showing purposes only, in your download all the printables are nicely organized by individual language):

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Fun Games to Teach Numbers to Kids

Below is a compilation of number activities explaining how to teach numbers to preschoolers / homeschoolers.

Links about how to teach numbers to kids in their mother tongue:

Ways to Teach Counting – By Prekinders

Smack the Number Counting Game – By Mom Inspired Life

Teeth Number Games for Preschool – By Totschooling

Fun with Numbers and Fruit Loops – By Homeschooling Mom 4 Two

Magic Colored Beans Sorting Activity – By The Imagination Tree

 

Links about how to teach numbers to kids in a different language:

Numbers and Counting ESL Games for Kids – By ESL Kid Stuff

4 Counting Games to Teach Spanish Numbers in 1, 2, 3 – By FluentU Spanish Educator Blog

5 German Number Games to Make Your Lesson Count – By FluentU German Educator Blog

5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers – By TakeLessons

 

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