Count Down to Christmas with Your Christmas Elf!

An Elf on the Shelf is reading the HOMER Story, Christmas Elf on an iPad

Christmas is almost here! If you have a Super Elf at home, we’ve got seven days worth of fun activities to help you get ready for Santa’s visit!

Watch “Christmas Elf” and then get started with our Christmas Elf Countdown!

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We’d love to see how you and your Family are getting ready for the Holidays. Share your Christmas Elf Countdown or your holiday traditions with us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ChristmasElfCountdown and #kidpoweredlearning.

Day 1: Write a Letter to Santa

In “Christmas Elf,” Sam is so excited, the first thing he does is write a letter to Santa Claus. In his letter, he thinks about the different ways he’s been good this year, including his plans to be a super elf and help his parents get ready for Christmas.

Just like Sam, our #ChristmasElfCountdown starts with a letter to Santa. Your own Christmas Elf can write a letter from scratch or decorate one they’ve already written. Here are Sam’s Letter-to-Santa paper and his Christmas-Elf Cutouts to get you started. What is your child most excited to tell Santa?

Day 2: Decorate the Tree

Six days until Christmas! Sam wants to help his parents spruce up the Christmas tree. As he gets ready to decorate the tree, Sam finds unique ornaments — the bell he made for his mom last year, a photo ornament from his first Christmas (his mom’s favorite!) and a shiny star for the top of the tree.

Now it’s your turn to make your own ornaments together! Some creative ways to make homemade decorations for the tree include salt dough ornaments, paper chain garlands, or pipe cleaner candy canes. We also have a step-by-step guide for a special Tree Topper that you and your child might want to make and decorate together!


Day 3: Light Up the House

Only five days until Christmas! Sam wants to make sure that Santa can see his family’s house from way up high in his sleigh, so he helps his mom put up the lights. They cover the windows, trees, and shrubs in lights and make sure every bulb lights up brightly. Download these instructions and create your own holiday lit cardboard box house with the Christmas Elf in your home!

Day 4: Homemade Gifts

Four days until Christmas! Do you remember the surprise present that Sam makes for his mom and dad in “Christmas Elf”? It’s a beautiful birdhouse! He expresses his creativity and love for his family by adding the finishing touch of a heart-shaped door.

Download these instructions for how to make a Bird-Feeder so you and your Christmas Elf can make one together!

What other homemade gifts do you make together? Let us know in the comments below!

Day 5: Design Your Own Wrapping Paper

There’s only three days until Christmas! Now that the birdhouse Sam made as a surprise for his parents is finished, he has to wrap it up. He adds ribbons and bows to give the present creative flair.

Making wrapping paper allows everyone a chance to express their own creativity: recycling newspapers and magazines, using markers and glitter to draw on blank paper, or even making potato stamps of interesting shapes and stamping them all over. For a finishing touch, here some Christmas Elf Name Tags that you and your child can print out and add to the gift — plus they can practice writing names!

Day 6: Bake Cookies for Santa

Only two more days until Christmas! In “Christmas Elf”, Sam knows that when Santa arrives, he’s going to be hungry from visiting all those other houses. So he decides to bake some yummy gingerbread cookies and decorate them with frosting and sprinkles for Santa to eat.

Choose your favorite cookie recipe to bake some sweet treats for Santa. If you need some inspiration, download this Cookie recipe that one of the HOMER elves has given us and make it with your own super elf. (If you know Santa prefers brownies, you can find some quick and easy recipes here!)


Day 7: Make Your Own Stocking

One more day until Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve and everything is almost ready for Santa’s arrival! In “Christmas Elf”, Sam has one last super elf task to do: hang the stockings. There’s one for Mom, and one for Dad, and one for… Where did Sam’s stocking go? Don’t worry, it was on his head this whole time!

There are a lot of different ways to decorate stockings and make them your own. Your child can use glitter pens or markers to write their name on the stocking or use pom-poms, ribbon, or shapes cut from felt to create a masterpiece. If you want to make a no-sew stocking from scratch, here’s a Stocking Pattern to help you!

That’s all for our Christmas Elf Countdown — what great helpers you and your super elf are! We hope you enjoyed all the fun Christmas crafts as much as we did! Don’t forget to show us your Christmas creations on Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtags #ChristmasElfCountdown and #kidpoweredlearning.

If you’re looking for some more fun Holiday stories like this one, download HOMER Stories on any of your iOS devices! It’s free as a part of your HOMER membership.

Happy Holidays!