How to Catch an Elf Book Activities

Add these How to Catch an Elf book activities to your preschool reading and literacy centers this Christmas season! Kids will love them!

These no-prep storybook companions make the perfect addition to your Christmas activities for preschoolers.

Kids will love this silly story, and you can extend the learning with these fun worksheets.

Don’t miss these free preschool printables! These educational activities are perfect for your Christmas-time lesson plans!

How to Catch an Elf Book Activities

How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace is such a fun Christmas book to read to preschoolers during the Christmas holiday.

This funny story is sure to become an instant classic, beloved by parents and children for many holidays to come!

You’ve been waiting all year long, and now it’s finally Christmas Eve! Is this the year you’ll finally catch an elf?

Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious children’s picture book from the creators of the New York Times best-seller How to Catch a Leprechaun!

As you read this story with your preschoolers, be prepared for lots of giggles. But, you can also use it as a way to introduce predictions to your preschoolers. Can your preschoolers guess what trap will be set next?

Once you’ve read the story a time or two (or more), extend the learning with this fun pack of math and literacy worksheets.

This printable pack is print-and-go making it perfect for busy preschool moms and teachers like you.

In this free activity pack, you’ll find activities that include coloring pages, handwriting practice, counting, and more.

What’s Included?

Whether you have your preschoolers complete the sequencing page while you read the story or afterward, they’ll work on their scissor skills as they cut and paste the sequencing pictures.

Work on number recognition and color words with the color by number elf coloring page.

Visual discrimination skills get a workout with size sequencing cards. Kids can order the elves from smallest to largest and then from largest to smallest.

Build fine motor muscles with a prewriting practice page. Trace the lines from left to right.

Toddlers and preschoolers will read the instruction in each set and color the items accordingly on the count and color page. This is a great activity to reinforce counting, one-to-one correspondence, and number recognition.

If your preschoolers enjoy coloring, they’ll love coloring the image featured on the color and trace page. After coloring the picture, they’ll trace the words. Coloring helps build fine motor muscles in the hand while tracing words helps kids practice proper letter formation.

There are two writing prompts included in this pack. One encourages kids to draw and describe their favorite part of the story. The other encourages kids to draw and describe their own elf traps.


You can make any or all of these pages reusable by laminating them or putting them in a dry erase pocket. Kids can then complete the pages with dry erase markers.

Elf Activities

To add an extra sprinkle of magic to the fun holiday season, consider these additional elf activities:

Elf Treasure Hunt: Create a mini treasure hunt with clues from your elf. This not only encourages problem-solving, but your preschoolers will also be excited to discover a small prize!

Elf-Themed Cooking: Whip up some fun in the kitchen with elf-themed recipes. Try making “Elf on the Shelf” pancakes or cookies, allowing your children to decorate them with edible glitter or colored icing.

Elf Craft: Set up a craft station with green and red supplies. Have your children create their own holiday elf using colored paper, glitter, and markers. This will allow them to explore their creativity and make a festive decoration to be proud of.

Elf Movie Night: Arrange a special movie night featuring films with elves like “Elf” or “The Polar Express”. Provide popcorn and holiday-themed snacks to make the evening extra special.

Remember, the aim of these activities is not only to entertain but also to create memorable moments that your children will cherish.

Preschool Books About Elves

Below, you’ll find a curated list of enchanting preschool books featuring the playful and magical world of elves. These books not only stimulate the imagination but also encourage a love for reading in young children. 

They make perfect read-alouds during the holiday season or any time of the year when a dash of elf magic is needed.

There's an Elf in Your Book (Who's In Your Book?)The Littlest Elf (Littlest Series)The Christmas Elf Countdown!


There’s an Elf in Your Book – Do you have what it takes to make Santa’s Nice List? An elf is here to test you in Tom Fletcher’s newest participatory read-aloud. Don’t let the elf trick you into being naughty!

The Littlest Elf – Oliver may be the littlest elf in the North Pole, but he has a big desire to discover his very special job in Santa’s workshop! But after getting lost in the toy shop, making a mess at the book shop, and falling in the mixing machine at the bakery, is the littlest elf just too little?

The Christmas Elf Countdown! – Santa’s elves are counting down to Christmas! With decorations to hang, treats to bake, toys to build, and snow to play in, the elves are filled with holiday cheer and can’t wait to soar the busy night sky with Santa Claus and his reindeer.

​In conclusion, elves offer a fantastic theme for an array of educational and fun activities that your preschoolers will love.

It’s not only about the holiday magic; engaging in these activities will also help to develop vital skills such as fine motor abilities, visual discrimination, counting, and more.

So, embrace the elf theme and let the imagination and creativity fly high. Remember that the true magic of these activities lies in the memorable moments they create, moments your children will cherish for years to come.

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