Last updated on November 14th, 2023 at 04:56 pm

free printable elf template christmas activity for kids

You can’t have Christmas without elves! The pointy-eared toymakers are seen making toys for Santa, sitting on shelves, and even helping Rudolph escape from the Abominable Snowman. So, who couldn’t love these festive, clever little guys? Of course I needed to create a Build-an-Elf activity!

If you’re looking for a Christmas elf activity or just a fun & simple craft to enjoy, our Build-an-Elf will surely please. Not only is this activity fun, but it is also educational. It promotes practicing with scissors and creatively using your brain by building and personalizing your very own elf!

How to use our Build-an-Elf printable:

As always, we have two different versions of the Build-an-Elf available: a colored elf and a black & white elf. So your little one can choose whether or not they want to decorate the elf with their own colors and decorations or have the elf already colored and ready to cut out.

If you chose the black & white elf template, first you will need to color it. Your child or student can get really creative and color the elf with their favorite colors. Maybe even add some sequins or glitter and make the it extra fancy or glittery.

Next, simply cut out the pieces and put the elf together with a bit of glue/paste. Or use double-sided tape if you want to avoid glue/paste altogether.

Then put your elf on display! Hang your Build-an-Elf on the fridge or use it as Christmas decoration. Looking to make a Christmas gift for a loved one? Give them your personalized elf to spread some Christmas cheer!

Also, our elf template is great for toddlers and preschoolers wanting to practice with scissors or simply to enjoy Christmas festivities. So teachers, put our Build-an-Elf activity in your back pocket for a fun Christmas activity for your students.

Go ahead and laminate

I recommend laminating all of our Build activities. Laminating gives this craft a bit more permanence. Kids can put the craft together over and over again without worrying about having to cut and color each time. I don’t use anything fancy, just a simple and easy laminator. This is the laminator I use and recommend, you literally just turn it on, it heats up, and you’re ready to start laminating anything everything!

I’m also a big fan of the self-sealing laminating pouches! They are super easy! You literally just place your printable in a letter size pouch, run it through the laminator and you have a sealed and long-lasting item!

Also, if you do choose to laminate, stick little self-adhesive velcro dots on the laminated pieces so your kids can attach and reattach easily. This eliminates the use of any messy glue!

Below is what is included in your build-an-elf download (see the bottom of the page for actual download instructions):

Need some craft supplies?

Amazon has always been my go-to for most of my office and craft supplies. If you print a lot of printables and spend  time coloring, gluing and adding some extra jazz to them, our list of supplies can help!

I’ve split the list up into a basic list and a fancier list if you’re going to put a little more pizazz into your printables.

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