Review: Elf on a Shelf Writing Center Supplies and
Activities on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Elf on a Shelf writing center supply and activity pack
is a premium download from Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet offers a fun set
of activities and printable materials that revolve around the recently revamped
Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition. There are 32 pages packed with writing
center-appropriate activities for young writers with varying degree of skill.
Most of the activities in the download encourage some form
of creative nonfiction writing. There are lists to make – both wish lists and
ideas for ways to help others – and several different types of stationery for
kids to write letters to their elves. There are also activities that encourage
children to read while they’re away from school on winter break. Several of
these activities are available in both black/white and color copies. The
black/white ones have plenty of “white space" where kids could draw or color
their own ideas, and the color pages are bright and festive.
Additionally, the packet comes with a few pages for children
to write their own structured poetry. There are planning pages and then a final
page for each of two acrostic poems, and a brief but sufficient introduction to
a simple 5-line poem. The 5-line poem also has two worksheets, one for a draft
and the other for a final copy.
Finally, there’s a series of creative writing prompts
pertaining to elves to get children engaged in writing about a subject that
presumably interests them. The prompts cover all sorts of Elf-related topics,
from adventures at the North Pole to baking days with Mrs. Claus to accounts of
All in all, the Elf on a Shelf writing center supplies and
activity packet offers a wide assortment of activities to keep kids creatively
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Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.