Last year, after seeing how incredible Jessica’s idea for the 12 Days of Christmas Elf boxes was, I begged her to gift me with some activities this year. Little did I know, she would go above and beyond in giving me 12 full days of lessons and materials for my Elf on the Shelf to deliver each day. With a busy Christmas holiday, it was so nice to be able to not have to think about lesson plans for 12 days because everything was already prepared for me. I highly suggest, if you plan to do this, to fill up on supplies during Christmas sales before and after Christmas (and save what you can each year for the next) and go ahead and prepare your boxes so that when you hit the busyness of the Christmas season, you have it ready to go. I’m beyond lucky to have a friend who would do all of this for me!
In addition to her amazing ideas for each day, here are some additional ideas or thoughts on what might work well for you:
Gingerbread day- watch gingerbread man videos on amazon. They are free and short. Also, watch the amazon how to draw a gingerbread man video and draw along. Aria loved this activity.
Grinch day- Story time in the colored bathtub (aka, read The Grinch while they are bathing to keep the kids in one spot)
Snow day- read The Snowy Day and watch amazon video. During this unit, it didn’t snow in Columbus but it hailed and we watched the ice bounce off of a piece of aluminum foil. We also played with dollar store snowman magnets. (See “Winter Unit” for additional snow ideas).
Christmas kindness day- pack up a sack of unwanted toys to give to kids with less than us ... then leave the bag under the Christmas tree with note from us to Santa. Deliver presents or cookies to teachers (in our case, our teachers/coaches from Aria’s activities).
Peace and joy day- The girls loved getting massages and it has started a trend of asking for massages from me. We went on a Callaway Gardens adventure to watch the Festival in Lights. Aria and I put on face masks together. And we had a Christmas music dance party
Nativity day- see a live nativity scene (the church across the street from us had one complete with a petting zoo). Watch the star movie, which actually did a great job of making the nativity story real to the girls. Play with our nativity scenes (we have a great cloth one) and do a puppet show. Gift a nativity scene puzzle (found at Hobby Lobby) and make a nativity scene necklace with beads from Michael’s.
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Jessica and Ana
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