Anyone else get super emotional during the holidays? Everyone is so grateful and people seek out ways to help others…I love it all. I was trying to think of ways that I could more actively involve my kids in being more giving and looking for people to serve. When I was little, I remember people from my church bringing my family gifts at Christmastime. We had just immigrated to Connecticut from Peru. While I had been able to pick up English in school, I know my parents didn’t speak much…if any. These kind souls from my church brought us clothes suitable for the cold winters we had coming and toys for my brother and me. I honestly cry when I think about that monumental act of service they gave to my family.
We want to teach our children to look. To really look at people. To see the kid that never gets the ball thrown to him. The kid that acts out in class. The kid that always gets picked first. And last. Because everyone is fighting an inside battle- to different degrees but everyone should feel loved right? Often times we see someone that just seems like they have it all but they may be longing for friendship. I want to teach my little ones to see the value in others and show them that they care.
Albeit a tiny token, this little elf is the tool I used to have them think about all the people in their lives. Who could you show your love for by giving them this elf? Who do you want this elf to give hugs and kisses to?
Oliver’s answer was simple: his primary teacher at church. Why? Because she goes above and beyond. When he misses a day of church she sends him an “I Missed You” note along with their lesson and a coloring page. She praises him when I pick him up at the end of class. Because she shows each one of the children in her class that they are so special and each have talents and goodness.
Adelle’s answer was Oliver’s teacher as well. Ha! She loves her because her brother loves her. Then she thought about it and she wants to give her elf to her nursery teachers at church. She liked that they had their class put together a basket for a family at Thanksgiving. She also loves all the activities and crafts she gets to do at church with them. They also go above and beyond teaching little 3 year-old children with patience and love.
I thought it would be fun to craft with some of their friends and I am so happy that they each thought of someone to give their hugs and kisses elf to. It is never to early to start teaching children about giving. They will hopefully remember these moments and when they reach adulthood they too can teach their children and live a life of service.
craft rolls aka toilet paper rolls
cardstock paper (this works, too) cut into .75 x 6″ strips (4 for each elf)
washi tape (these work, too)
mini glue dots
chocolate kisses (20% off!)
snack size plastic bags
christmas elves printable
- Decorate the roll (the body) with washi tape however you’d like. I give you creative license.
- Crinkle strips of paper by folding a small section, turning over, folding same section back and so on.
- Color in the mittens, shoes and face if desired.
- Cut out 1 pair of mittens, shoes and the head.
- Grab a glue dot and paste each (except the head) on one end of the strip of paper.
- Using another glue dot, glue the paper to the roll onto where the arms and legs would go.
- Glue the head.
- Fill the snack bag with chocolate kisses and other goodies if you’d like and stuff it into the tube.
I received complimentary products to facilitate my review for Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own.