This is one of my student’s favorite Christmas drawing ideas, and I think it’s because it’s a new point of view for them, and offers all kinds of color and pattern possibilities.
The one issue that I have been meaning to address with this project is the drawing of the elf feet. I first did this with older students (grade 3 – 5) who would often get stuck in drawing the second symmetrical foot. I believe it’s because of all the curves, which are in general hard shapes for kids to draw, let alone trying to match a flipped version. My conclusion was to include a template and turn this into a cutting and flip drawing project. It still illustrates the idea of symmetry and now younger students, like first graders, could do it too.
• View and download PDF Elf Shoe Template
- Elf Shoe Template
- Card stock paper
- Drawing paper
- PREP: Print Elf Shoe template and cut out one per student.
- Students fold their drawing paper in half vertically to help center the two legs.
- The elf shoe is cut out.
- Students trace a right and left shoe, centered, on the bottom of the paper. Small balls (bells!) may be added to the tip of each shoe.
- The legs are drawn up and the bottom of the a shirt may be added.
- All pencil lines are traced with a black marker.
- Students design and fill in the clothes, stockings and shoes of their elf with markers.