Thursday, December 6, 2012

Elf on the Shelf

Christmas is such a fun time of the year in and out of the classroom. In first grade we have been doing so many fun Christmas activities! Gingerbread science, Gingerbread man story elements, Reindeer research, letters to Santa .. you get the drift. Well I decided to play along with the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon. For those of you who don't know the story it goes a little something like this.

This is the Elf on the Shelf

He is sent by Santa to watch children throughout the day. He uses his special Elf Magic to fly back to the North Pole while you are sleeping to tell Santa how you are being. Throughout the day he sometimes gets into mischievous like this:

 or this: 

There are only 2 rules you must remember. You must name him immediately, and you can NOT touch him. This is VERY important because if you touch him he looses all of his special magic and can't fly back to the North Pole to tell Santa about all of the wonderful things you have done. 

.. Well we have an Elf on the shelf in first grade. His name is Alvin and he has been in our room for a whole 2 days. One of my kids got the bright idea to test out rule number 2-- (no touching). During math centers Alvin was poked and low and behold the world ended. I kid you not. The world must have ended. ..Or that's what my kids thought at least. No they did not care that I wanted to teach them to tell time. Of course not, who would?! They cared that poor little Alvin just lost all of his magic power and Santa would not be able to know about what they were doing anymore. 

Bound and determined to throw a little common core into the end of the world I thought it would be appropriate to write letters to Santa explaining what happened, promising to never touch him again and asking to please give Alvin his magic back. 

What to do, what to do. I honestly don't know. 
I'm thinking Alvin will be in his same spot tomorrow. (obviously, he has no magic) I'm sending the letters to Santa tonight, hopefully he will write us back with a solution. Fingers crossed!


  1. Oh goodness! This happened to a friend of mine and her children. When Santa wrote back, he sent some of his special magic dust (glitter, I think is what she used) to give the elf back his magic. Santa, also, wrote a note on a lesson of obeying.

  2. I wish I had an Elf on the Shelf when I was younger! I've been seeing some ideas on Pinterest on where to put him, and some are SO funny! Such a cute idea for a classroom!

    P.S. I'm hosting a ThomasKelly giveaway for a pair of their preppy workout pants, so make sure you stop by and check it out!

  3. I love Ashton's idea. Write a letter to Santa, read it to the kids and have him send you back some type of 'magical power restorer'. We almost had that happen one day this week. I catch them getting as close as they can without touching him...oh how they like to test the waters!!

    For the Love of First Grade

  4. Hi there! Happy Holidays from OHIO! I saw your post on the Elf and LOVE your marshmallow bubble bath idea! My firsties get the "special delivery" on Monday! I am secretly VERY excited about that! You'll have to stop by and link up! So happy to be your newest follower!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe


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