This pretend play elf workshop is a part of the Big and Little Pretend Play series. Make sure to check out all of the pretend play ideas (we had some really fun ones!)
When the kids were younger, I spent hours setting up fun areas with special details. Now, M and M have taken over the planning. While pretend play at our house has NOT slowed down… my involvement isn’t what it used to be.
Their pretend play props pop up while they are playing, and creating the space themselves has become part of the fun. So, I had to step back a little.
After you check out our workshop, head on over to At Home with Ali to see her LITTLE Santa’s Village! It looks so yummy.
You can also include a name elf craft printable in your planning process. Hang it as a decoration in your elf station.
BIG Pretend Play Elf Workshop
M, M, and I sat down together to discuss our vision of Santa’s Village. We decided that Santa’s village would have three main work areas.
The planning area is the perfect place to check the naughty and nice list, pick up new letters to Santa, and check the map for each gifts destination.
The Planning Area Includes
An atlas, map, or globe
Pens and pencils
Naughty and Nice Lists
Mailbox or shoe box
Little M loves notebooks and has spent quite a bit of time writing out a plan for all the elves (I wonder where she gets it, hee hee). She made the nice and naughty list all on her own. Hmmm… where is Mom on that nice list?
The Toy Making Area is where all the painting happens. If we had pretend play tools, I would have added them here, too… but all of the kids tools are real (and in the garage).
The Toy Making Area Includes
Small and medium-sized toys
A clipboard with a checklist for elves to keep track of progress
For the paint tray, I put a small dot of paint on a piece of cardboard (cut from an old cereal box). Once it was dry, the kids could pretend to dip their brush while painting the toys. I love it… and might keep it for myself when M and M are done with it. 😉
What would a Santa’s Village be without a wrapping station? So of course we needed one of those.
The Wrapping Area Includes
Boxes (include a variety of sizes)
Tips 1. You can find wrapping paper at thrift stores, garage sales, and dollar stores. 2. Cut different-sized pieces that will fit the boxes you have if you don’t want to give the kids an entire roll.
The workshop has been up for less than 24 hours and they’ve already wrapped just about every toy they own. Great practice for when it’s time to wrap the real presents!!!