Digital Build An Elf Art Project
Do you need a creative and engaging Christmas activity that will work for both your virtual and in-person students? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your students will feel successful in designing their own digital build an elf. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with the books, “How to Catch an Elf” and “Elf on the Shelf.”
Elf Craftivity for Kids Preview
Overview of Digital Build an Elf Art Project
First, your students will locate the elf builder slide. This is where they’ll copy all the elf body parts onto beginning with the legs. There are two styles to choose from: straight and dancing elf legs. Then, working from the bottom up, they’ll add shoes, clothes, arms, a head, and hat.
Once the digital elf is built, they’ll select all the parts and group them together. This will keep all the parts connected as one whole unit. Then, they’ll copy it into one of the elf workshop slides where they’ll add some fun extras.
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have students take a picture of where their elf is in their home and have them insert it into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach students about composition and lighting. This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about proportion.
These digital build an elf templates include 206 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own digital elf. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach students how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward, as well as how to group objects.
A Note About Christmas Activities
While some students celebrate Christmas, others don’t. This resource is intentionally Christmas-based and should only be used in lessons where you know all of your students celebrate this holiday.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images as well as how to group items.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the craftivity included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital build an elf templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 18 Student Directions Slides – These slides explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Student Useable Background Slides – These include one elf builder slide and 6 slides of an elf workshop. This is where students will paste their completed elf into. Any background slide a student is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 206 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these items to dress up their elf and decorate the scene. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for students in third through fifth grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show students a completed version of the project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Digital Build An Elf Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in Slides, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have children use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital Christmas elf templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have students take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it into the slide.
- How do I get the digital build an elf templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Very easy! Check the bottom of page 2 and the middle of page 3.
I gave this to my students two days before winter break. They loved creating their elf and scene. They loved writing their story. I told them to pick one prompt and most did both. The next day, they took turns sharing their screens so that the class could see what each student had created. Students complimented each other on the placement of objects or the elf’s pose. Some students asked if they could work on their scene some more. This was a great purchase. My students loved it. – Theresa P.
This was a great distance learning activity to use virtually with my 5th graders as a much activity before winter break! – M. Marks
This is the third of these I have purchased. My students and I were all very happy. The choices are great, they had fun and have learned so much about making digital images. – Kimberly J.