I never thought I would buy an elf, but desperate times call for desperate measures! I mentioned my reasons for purchasing the elf in this post, along with some other fun my class had with the elf, if you would like to read it to catch up!
If you have ever had an elf in your classroom, you know it is a lot of work trying to find places to put the elf each day or new and interesting things for it to do each day. I refused to have an elf that trashed my classroom by doing things like writing on stuff or moving stuff around, so I found "nice" ways of moving my elf around the room and different things it could do.
One of my favorite things I did with my elf was a "Random Act of Kindness" from my students. They came in to find a paper tree attached to the smartboard, ornaments to decorate, and a letter explaining what they were to do. We have some incredible partners at our school who donate tons of money and time to us, and one of the companies dresses up as Santa each year and brings each and every child a bag full of stuff. It's awesome. So we made a decorated Christmas tree for our friends and gave it to Santa when he visited. They loved the tree, and the kids loved decorating their ornaments and gluing them to the tree. (I wish I had a picture of the completed tree, though!)
It is important for the students to believe in the magic! I always tried to cover my tracks by adding little touches that convinced them I wasn't her. One of my favorites was a package of glitter tape I bought from Target randomly one day. It was the best! Each time we got a letter from Santa, it was always sealed with this tape. I always made a huge deal out of opening them because the tape was soooo pretty! :-)
During the last week of school, Twinkle brought us some stockings filled with a small candy cane. The students were so excited! Of course, I denied hanging them up! :-)
Twinkle also brought us some games to play. The students were so excited to come in and find Twinkle sitting on my table with a giant box next to her. They couldn't wait to find out what was inside! My favorite touch was that she had scissors in her hand to prove that it was HER who cut out the games, not me!
The kids loved playing the games!
The games I used with my students are available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, if you would like to grab them for next year!
On our very last day of school, Twinkle left us a goodbye poem. She had some of my students crying. I even teared up reading it- and I wrote the darn thing!
So that was our Elf fun! Do you have an elf on the shelf in your classroom? What was your favorite activity you did with your elf? Does anybody continue having a classroom friend after your Holiday Break? Leave a comment and let me know!