I linked up with my good friend, Mel, from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations who is hosting an Elf on the Shelf Linky Party. She has more ideas than you can imagine and now others are linking up with their elf shenanigans, too!
|Here is my sweet (and SMART!) 2nd grader reading the long note to them from Santa.|
It detailed what the elf's role in the house is, what they need to work on, and what they needed to do.
I caved this year and got the "real" Elf on the Shelf set for both my home AND my classroom. I kind of messed up and packed our house elf in with all of our Christmas decorations and, low and behold, the kids found him as we were unpacking. So, we decided he must have stayed with us because he was retiring (look, he does look to be an "older" elf, right?), like grampy did recently AND because he liked the boys so much, too, of course. My youngest (5 years) was perplexed by the fact that the elf didn't fly back to the North Pole with Santa...so I had to do some damage control (he was very concerned that there would be no elf this year at our house): I called Santa with the concern (I know...lies, lies, lies....) and he said elves are usually sent out to homes around the 1st of December).
You can make these fun elves with your students/children as well:
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