Christmas Activity - Elf Toy Making Challenge and Digital Writing Assignment

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Christmas Activity - Elf Toy Making Challenge and Digital Writing Assignment: Use this engaging digital Christmas-themed team-building activity as a way to improve divergent thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and creative writing. In this Christmas activity, students will take on the role of Santa's elves the week after Christmas. The elves' magic dust is depleted and they are bored with nothing to do! They decide to develop a new toy for elves to play with made out of leftover holiday materials. Students must work together in groups to develop a new toy made from wrapping paper, wrapping paper rolls, bags, tissue paper, tape, and a mystery supply item of their choice and complete a digital writing assignment.

The best part of this Christmas activity is that your purchase comes with a hand-drawn video, created by the talented John Spencer, that introduces the activity to hook students in! Watch the preview video above to get a sneak peek of the video included and download the preview to get a closer look at all of the materials (organizers, handouts, etc.) you can use to implement the activity in your classroom.

This is a digital resource and students complete all the work on a device. This works well with distance learning, 1:1 classrooms, remote teaching, Google Classroom, or online education. 

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How Does This Digital Toy-Making Christmas Activity Work?
  • Students watch a hand-drawn video that introduces the activity. This video is highly engaging and will hook your students immediately. You can watch the video preview on the product page to get a sneak peek.
  • Students will use the digital instructions, graphic organizers, and templates to plan out what toy they want to create. Students will engage in a bit of nostalgia as they think back to their favorite childhood toys.
  • Students work together to develop and make this toy! They can get into the holiday spirit while using the skills of team-work and collaboration.
  • Students write a narrative from the perspective of the elves playing with the toy using the digital template. This will get their imaginations going, allow them to practice their writing skills, and also allow them to have some fun and get creative.

Included in This Digital Toy-Making Christmas Activity:

➡️ Hand-Drawn Introductory Video:
Students watch this adorable video by John Spencer as a fun and engaging way to introduce students to this spirited Christmas toy-making activity.

➡️ Detailed Teacher Instructions: Feel totally confident setting up and implementing this activity in your classroom with these detailed teacher instructions.

➡️ "What Makes A Great Toy" Brainstorming Slide: Your students will be able to indulge in a little bit of childhood nostalgia by thinking back to their four favorite toys and what made them great. This will allow them to plan for the best possible elf toy they can dream up.

➡️ Toy Development Web Brainstorming Slide: This digital slide lists the items that students will have access to in order to create their toy, and gives them some space to write down thoughts and plans for how they want to construct it with these materials.

➡️ Toy Making Digital Planning Page: Students can make a concrete plan for their toy by using this digital planning page and answering the included prompts: What toy will you make? How will you make it? How will the toy work? Why will elves love this toy.

➡️ Narrative Writing Digital Template: Students will use this 2-page digital template to write a short story about the elves playing with the toy they created. They can use the picture spaces to draw pictures that relate to their story.

What Teachers Are Saying About This Digital Toy-Making Christmas Activity:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ All groups were creative; one group went all out and created/presented a very unique idea--all enjoyed it!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can't begin to tell you how much fun my students had with this activity. It made those last few days before holiday break so engaging. They had a blast. I loved watching them come up with such creative ideas and work hard during a time when I'm normally battling the sillies! Great resource.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a great addition to what we were doing in class! Fun activity!

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