Emotional Elves

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It is holiday time and what better fun than to sit down and do some crafts with the kids! Encouraging your child to do crafts will help him develop many necessary skills needed for school.  He will learn skills such as using scissors, picking up small pieces, sorting the green Pom poms from the red ones, and taking turns.  Crafting allows are kids to be creative and express what is on their minds. Are they going to make a Santa clause that is dark and gloomy because they are feeling sad, or are they going to make a Santa clause that is bright and cheerful because they feel excited? When doing crafts, ask your toddler to make different faces. For example, how many feelings does Santa have? See if your child can create all of Santa’s Elves with different emotions. What would a happy Elf look like? What would a scared Elf look like? Doing this will not only encourage emotional learning, but will bring a creative festive atmosphere to the table.

Below are a few different holiday crafts you can do with your kidlets that can all express different emotions.

Santa Hand print Craft 


White Construction paper
White pom poms
Googly Eyes



How To:

  • Have Child trace hand on White Construction Paper
  • Child can cut out the hand print
  • Glue on Santa beard and eyes
  • Decorate accordingly.

Ask your child “How many feelings does Santa Have?”
See if you can create 5, 7, 12 different Santa’s with emotions!

Paper Plate Christmas Elf



  • Paper plates
  • Construction paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Any water-based paint
  • Paint brush
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Pompoms
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Sequins, glitter glue or rhinestones (optional)

How To:

Step 1 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 1. Obtain a paper plate to make your Christmas elf’s head. Draw and cut out a pair of pointy elf ears out of construction paper or cardboard.
Step 2 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 2. Glue or tape the ears on opposite sides of the paper plate.
Step 3 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 3. Flip the paper plate so that the bottom side is facing up. Paint this side of the plate, including the ears with any water-based paint. Give your Christmas elf any skin coloring that you like. I made a light-colored skin tone by mixing a bit of brown to white paint.
Step 4 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 4. When the paint has dried, glue on a pair of wiggle eyes and a fluffy pompom nose.
Step 5 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 5. Using crayons or markers, draw a mouth and if you like, draw some lines to give the ears some detail.
Step 6 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 6. Draw and cut out a triangle out of construction paper to make the elf’s hat. Cut out a zigzag piece for the hat’s bottom lining.
Step 7 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 7. Glue the hat, including the zigzag lining on top of the elf’s head. You can also cut out and glue a small circle at the tip of the hat.
Step 8 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 8. Cut out short strips of crepe paper, crumple them up and glue them along the sides of the paper plate to make the elf’s hair.
Step 9 Paper Plate Christmas Elf craft 9. Allow the glue to dry before putting up your paper plate elf up as a cute Christmas décor.

More Ideas

Sleepy Paper Plate Christmas Elf Give your Christmas elf lots of character by making interesting facial expressions like this very sleepy elf. You can also play around with its hairstyle and decorate its hat with sequins, rhinestones or little bells.
Paper Plate Christmas Elf with Striped Hat Try making stripes on your elf’s hat by gluing on strips of colored paper. Be creative and make a family of fun Christmas elves!
Paper Plate Christmas Elf Puppet Transform your paper plate Christmas elf into a stick puppet or mask by gluing a wooden dowel at the back. You can also glue 2 craft sticks end-to-end to make the long handle like I did.

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