Hi there!  I was going to say, “Happy Tuesday,” but then I realized…
It’s Wednesday!  Phew! 😉

I broke out The Elf on the Shelf yesterday!  I planned on starting it the first week in December, but I felt my kiddos needed a little extra incentive right away!  Guess where he showed up?
Mmmmhm, right by the rules.  As a friendly reminder 😉

Shortly after we spotted the elf, the book arrived!  I had my friend deliver it to the classroom, wrapped in Christmas paper.  The kids were so excited!!  I read the book and then we started talking about names.  We narrowed it down to Tommy and Hudson:
It was close, but Tommy won!

Next we got to work on our elf journals.  I forgot to snap a picture, but the kiddos’ drawings are precious!  Here is what the journal looks like:
{writing page}
Each day, we will record where “Tommy” ends up!
So far, my littles are lovin’ it! 🙂

Tommy also comes with gifts… He left us the pieces to a little elf craft!  Funny how he knows me so well, isn’t it?!  We completed it today:
“The elf was on the shelf because he wanted us to behave.”
True, lol.
“We named the elf Tommy.  Tommy is from the North Pole.”
Half true 🙂
“The elf is in our Sparklers jar.”
True, again:
All of the elf activities above are from my unit, elf magic {craftivities & printables}.  You can check it out in my TpT shop!  There are tons of activities included, and you don’t need an elf to do them!

Here are some other elf activities you might be interested in:
Elfed is a sight word game by Laura Martin.  I added it to our center rotation and my kiddos are begging me to play it again and again!  I’m also using activities from Mel D.’s elf unit– my class loves the real vs. nonsense words activity!  You can click on the pics to view the products.

I’m linking up with Mel D. for her Elf on the Shelf linky!

Okay guys!  Cupcake, out! 🙂  I’ll see you soon!!

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