Does your house have an elf?
Doesn’t your elf deserve a cute little space of their own?
Challenge your child to create a cozy elf on the shelf house in one of our favorite elf on the shelf STEM activities.
This week your kids will have fun with this simple STEM activity, as they build a house for Elf on the Shelf.
You may also enjoy a few of these Christmas STEM activities.
Build an Elf House
To inspire your little engineer, be sure to have plenty of building materials on hand.
Materials You May Want:
- 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, place the house on the tree, and then create an elf on the shelf zipline to help him get down.
Making an elf on the shelf house is one of our favorite Christmas activities.
Originally published December 19, 2016.