Guess who's gonna be doing laundry and going grocery shopping on New Years Day? Yup, that would be me. Grrr....
As promised, here is the Magic Elf art to go along with my Magic Elf unit on TPT...
Disclaimer... (picture me standing on a soapbox) I never, ever, ever, use patterns or tracers in my classroom. All of the art I have my students make is either a direct draw project or cut and paste using squares and rectangles that are turned into circles and ovals. This Magic Elf project is created only using glue and scissors, NO PENCIL, no drawing the pieces before cutting. I know it sounds scary, but IT REALLY WORKS, and the kids learn how to be creative, independent, problem solvers! Plus, each one is TOTALLY unique and it forces the kids to LOOK, LISTEN, and LEARN. Okay, off the soapbox. :)
I created this elf a few years ago when I taught Kinder, and he has been a class favorite ever since. Here he is....
Here's what you need and the dimensions for each piece. Per child, you need (in inches):
1 green = 7 x 4 for the body/chest (cut the top corners and round)
6 yellow squares = 1x1 for bells (make a "magic circle"-cut the big corners and then the baby corners)
5 red rectangles = 1 1/2 x 2 for the triangle collar (cut a diagonal piece from each side meeting at the top)
1 peach square = 5x5 for the head (magic circle)
1 peach rectangle = 1 1/2 x 5 folded in half for the ears (if it is folded they only need to cut once and they get 2 pieces!) (cut an elf ear shape...I don't know how to describe it, but this part turns out the best because the ears the kids come up with are H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S!)
1 red rectangle = 1 1/2 x 6 for the brim of the hat (magic oval. Same as a magic circle but it turns into an oval)
1 green square = 4x4 for the top of the hat (fold in half. Cut diagonally and unfold. You will get a great triangle!)
1 pink = 2x1 for the cheeks (fold in half, cut one magic circle and you will get 2 when you unfold it)
I always start from the bottom and work my way up when showing my students each step, so you can make sure they have glued it correctly leaving space at the top and as you can see, we add detail with sharpie. :)
We will be gluing our Magic Elf letters next to the art and I also save these for our end of the year "First Grade Adventure" book.
Hope you can use him with your class! I'll be back this weekend with another Magic Elf freebie! BTW, today my students wrote Christmas is a time for "love" in their little books and their illustrations were darling. Warms my heart!