Supplement story time with these great, hands-on, indoor activities for kids! Below are some playful ways to bring the timeless tale of The Elves and the Shoemaker to life. You know the story – the elves surprise the shoemaker and his wife with beautiful new shoes to sell in their shop and in turn, the shoemaker’s wife sews tiny little elf clothing as a thank you. A good deed is always rewarded!
Indoor Activity #1 – Shoe Shopping Collage
Have a collection of catalogs, magazines, or flyers sitting around? Encourage your child to cut out pictures of shoes, sandals, sneakers, boots, or other footwear. Discuss when and where the different types of shoes are worn. For example, sandals are usually worn in warm weather, while boots are worn in cold or rainy weather. Then get out the glue and construction paper and create a Shoemaker collage!
Indoor Activity #2 – Shoe Art
Kids love hands-on play! Salvage one of your child’s outgrown shoes and create a DIY designerdecoration for his or her room. Or decorate a pair and use them as bookends! Here’s how:
- Prepare the shoe by spray painting it a bright or glittery color.(Parents should probably manage this step!)
- Help your child gather decorative items such as beads, feathers, rhinestones, sequins, glitter, pom-poms, and other small, lightweight treasures.
- Your child can create his or her own couture masterpiece by using Use sticky craft glue and a Popsicle stick or disposable brush to apply items to the shoes.
- Let dry thoroughly and display!
Indoor Activity #3 – Thank-You Card
Discuss how the elves helped the shoemaker and his wife and why the shoemaker and his wife made the elves clothing. Ask your child to name someone who has helped him or her,and create your own special thank you notes! Decorate the outside of a manila folder with crayons and markers and write the words your child dictates as a thank you note inside.
Indoor Activity #4 – Sole Rubbings
Check your family’s closets for shoes with different types of soles and gather a few white pieces of paper and peeled crayons (have your child help you peel afew if you don’t have them on hand – it’s a great fine motor developer!). Then, show your child how to lay a piece of paper over the sole of a shoe and rub the side of the crayon over the paper to reproduce the pattern on the sole. Compare and contrast the different patterns the soles make as well as the different lengths and widths of the shoes.