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10 Little Elves

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Language Focus Other songs about: Christmas, action verbs, counting, toys

Counting to 10. Actions (making toys, sewing, painting, sawing, hammering, wrapping, sleeping).

10 Little Elves Lyrics and Actions

Key Gesture
Elf - Put your fists on your hips and stick out one foot with your toe pointed up. Alternate feet each time you do the gesture.

♫ 1 little, 2 little, 3 little elves, [Hold up 1, 2, and 3 fingers. Elf gesture.]
4 little, 5 little, 6 little elves, [Hold up 4, 5, and 6 fingers. Elf gesture.]
7 little, 8 little, 9 little elves, [Hold up 7, 8, and 9 fingers. Elf gesture.]
10 little elves are making toys. [Hold up 10 fingers. Place one fist on top of the other and twist both fists.]

1 little, 2 little, 3 little elves,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little elves,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little elves,
10 little elves are sewing. [Pretend to sew.]

1 little, 2 little, 3 little elves,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little elves,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little elves,
10 little elves are painting. [Pretend to paint.]

1 little, 2 little, 3 little elves,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little elves,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little elves,
10 little elves are sawing. [Pretend to saw.]

1 little, 2 little, 3 little elves,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little elves,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little elves,
10 little elves are hammering. [Pretend to hammer.]

1 little, 2 little, 3 little elves,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little elves,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little elves,
10 little elves are wrapping. [Pretend to wrap a present.]

1 little, 2 little, 3 little elves,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little elves,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little elves,
10 little elves are sleeping. [Lie down and pretend to sleep.]

Classroom Benefits

Imagining themselves in Santa's workshop, kids get to act out fun action verbs while also practicing counting to 10. It's nice and active with a lot of room for creative play between each verse. It's also a great song to play during craft time!

Activity Ideas

Sing-Along
Sing about reindeer (eating, playing, running, flying, etc.), angels, children...whatever you like! Outside of the holiday season, use this song to sing about animals and what they do. (Ten little monkeys swinging. Ten little penguins waddling. Ten little fishies swimming, etc.) 1

What is the elf doing?
Take out the sewing, painting, sawing, hammering, wrapping, clapping, stomping, jumping, whispering, and sleeping flashcards. Spread them out face down on the floor or table and count them together. Next, turn over the cards one by one, asking the children, "What is s/he doing?" After each card, ask them, "Can you sew/hammer, jump/etc.?" Have fun doing the actions together! 2

Elves in a circle
Stand in a circle with the students. Begin singing "10 Little Elves," pointing to students one by one as you sing. For example, “1 little (point to a student), 2 little (point to the next student), 3 little elves (point to the next student).” When you reach “10 little elves are ____,” the student you are pointing at sits in the middle of the circle and does the action from the song. For example, when you sing, “10 little elves are sewing,” the student sits in the middle of the circle as you sing and pretends to sew. The student remains in the middle of the circle as you sing the next verse. At the end of the next verse, the new tenth elf sits in the middle of the circle and both seated students do the next action (painting). Continue through the rest of the verses until all of the elves are in the middle of the circle...sleeping! If you have just a few students, you can add some teddy bears to the circle. 3

10 Little Elves Charades
Practice action verbs with this fun holiday game. Get directions in this blog post, “Christmas Topics - Action Verbs.” 4

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