Santa has some competition these days. Little elves are everywhere. Doesn’t your elf deserve a cute little space of their own? This week the kids will have fun with this simple Christmas STEM activity, when they build a house for the elf on the shelf.
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To inspire your little engineer, be sure to have plenty of building materials on hand.
Items you may want for your Elf STEM activity:
- Small Cardboard Boxes
- Brown Packing Paper (Works great for covering it to look like a gingerbread house.)
- Coloring Books (Good for getting pictures to help decorate the house.)
- Pipe Cleaners
- Craft Sticks
- Fabric Scraps
- Tape Measure
We do our elf a bit differently here, and the kids are allowed to touch him. If yours is an official Elf on the Shelf then a piece of string or a tape measure may come in handy. Your child can hold it up close to the elf to determine how big to make the door, how high up to make windows, or even to make a bed the right size.
Let your child design the house however he/she sees fit. They may chose to make a simple one room treehouse like ours, or they may want to use several boxes to create different rooms. For younger kids you may want to have them draw where they want the doors and windows so you can cut the cardboard.
Who knows? Maybe the elf will decide he/she has to explore their new house if you leave it under the tree (or on it if it’s a treehouse).
This week design your elf a home of their own. This simple Christmas STEM is fun to do after school or when the kids start winter break.
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