Elf on shelf

Count down to Christmas…with Elf on a Shelf!

Today, marks the first day of December, this means in some families, the Christmas tree is up, the carols are playing on repeat, Santa letters have been sent, the shops are busy and ‘Elf on the Shelf’ returns

The Elf on the shelf has become such a popular tradition for the count down to Christmas. Children enjoy waking up to find what their Elf has been up to and parents are frantically setting alarms to remember to move the Elf after they have found their latest idea on Pinterest.

Elf on the shelf has also become a popular game in school classrooms and childcare centres. If you have never done Elf on the Shelf, there is no better time than now to get involved.

For those that do not know how Elf on the Shelf works, the concept is each night the Elf flies home to the North Pole and reports to ‘Santa’ how the children were. Every day until Christmas Eve, the Elf finds a new place and the children must find him, often the Elf is getting up to mischief, the children seem to like when the Elf is naughty! The Elf is magic and can’t be touched or else it loses all its magic.

Positives of having an Elf

  • It creates a feeling of excitement for children each day
  • Siblings or classroom peers can brainstorm and create a name for the Elf together.
  • The Elf can be used to encourage good behaviour by reporting daily updates to the North Pole

Kidsoft has 4 fun ideas you can use in your classroom, childcare service, or in your family home.

Elf on shelf

Covered in stickers

What you need:

  • Stickers

Instructions:

  • Cover the Elf the stickers (you can use any type of sticker)
  • Place Elf somewhere, where it can be found
  • Leave sticker sheet on the Elf.
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Do you want to build a snowman?

What you need:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Black/Orange cardboard

Instructions:

  • Stack toilet paper rolls
  • Using the cardboard, cut out shapes for eyes, mouth & nose
  • Place Elf through the top of the toilet rolls
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Warm and Toasty

What you need

  • 2 pieces of toast
  • a plate
  • a small piece of paper to create note

Instructions:

  • Cook toast
  • Put the Elf inbetween the toast on a plate
  • Create note (see image)
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How many copies?

What you need

  • A photocopier
  • Paper

Instructions:

  • Using the photocopier, take different copies of the Elf
  • Hang the photocopy pages around the house or classroom

Time to say goodbye…

The Elf becomes apart of your life for several weeks, whether this is in the classroom, childcare centre, or your family home and therefore it is always nice to do a proper send-off.

Depending on family traditions, the Elf either says goodbye on Christmas Eve, leaving room for Santa to arrive or on Christmas morning after helping Santa deliver the toys.

Although it seems most parents sigh over Elf on the Shelf, it certainly brings families lots of joy and laughter during the festive season.  So, if you haven’t yet got an Elf, why don’t you join in on this tradition.

Happy Elf on the Shelfing…only 24 more sleeps to go!

Halloween Blog Post 2020

Easy Halloween Crafts

Halloween Blog Post 2020

There is nothing quite like Halloween, that one day a year that everyone loves to dress up in a scary costume, families carve their pumpkins and prepare to go trick-or-treating.

Halloween has become a popular event with children across the country. Children love creating their costume many weeks in advance and decorating their homes in scary Halloween decorations. I know my children do!

Kidsoft has 5 Quick and Easy Halloween craft ideas; they say anyone can make, probably even me. These activities are the perfect way to get spooky!

This will keep the children busy and engaged and feel a sense of accomplishment. It can often be tempting and much quicker to jump in and help children complete an activity. However, it is better to keep a distance and let children learn and encourage them to follow a series of instructions, this allows children to develop a variety of skills like problem solving and experimentation.

Halloween Rock Magnets

What you will need:

  • Small rocks
  • Paint
  • Paint markers
  • Strong adhesive
  • Clear coat (optional)

Scary Paper Bats

What you will need:

  • Paper bat template
  • Black Cardboard
  • Bowls for tracing
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • White crayon
  • Glue

Halloween Spider Slime 

What you will need:

  • 2 bottles of clear school glue
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup liquid starch
  • ¼ cup glitter
  • ¼ Halloween spider confetti

Pool Noodle Pumpkins

What you will need:

  • Orange pool noodle
  • Wide Craft sticks
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Black sharpie
  • Knife

Make Your Own Spider Web

What you will need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Halloween paint colours
  • Wool- black, white, orange
  • Scissors

We hope this has encouraged your children to be inspired to create some boo-tiful art creations.

No matter what your favourite part of Halloween is, remember that the quality family time together is the best treat of all

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Australian Children Books Celebrating Diversity

Australian Children Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

Australian Children Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

Books play an important role as mirrors for children: these stories and characters will affect how they see themselves and the world around them, their motivation to read, and their aspirations for the future. In a country as multicultural as Australia, it’s vital that we offer children an opportunity to see realities and experiences different from their own.

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature introduced Australia’s first database of culturally diverse children’s books in June last year. The collection has been curated by experts and judged on the quality of writing and illustration, the readability and the strength of content. Stories selected for the database encourage readers to “walk in another’s shoes” and gain an understanding of cultures other than their own.

Included in the database are picture books, nursery rhymes, plays, short stories and novels. Key story concepts include empathy, family, kindness, resilience and respect. Here are some of our favourites.

Kidsoft Blog Toddle Little Monsters eBook

Free eBook – The Boogers Are Coming!

Our clever friends at Toddle have created a great, free resource to help explain the COVID-19 pandemic to young children. Introducing the Toddle Little Monsters story: The Boogers are Coming.

Confusion is a feeling shared by most during this pandemic and whilst the world adjusts to a new normal, children can be left wondering what on earth is going on?

Toddle’s Little Monster characters are based on the six children’s personality archetypes and, amongst other things, aim to educate children about germs, how they spread and how they can stay healthy so that they feel empowered. From Jampa, who is caring and friendly, to Morph who is wild and tenacious, each little monster aims to connect with your child and be a relatable voice to explain the COVID-19 world.

You can download and share ‘The Boogers Are Coming’ with your family and friends via the below link.

Toddle have also created a colouring in version of the book so your little ones can bring it to life with their own flair.

“Our aim with the e-book and animation is to alleviate any worries about COVID-19 in a fun and positive way and help parents communicate with their children in a language they understand.” said Arthur, Toddle CEO.

Find out more about each of the Little Monsters and download more colouring in sheets here.

Free for parents to use, Toddle has every child care centre in Australia on the platform and promises to revolutionise the way parents search, interact with and ultimately choose a child care centre.