Utilizing ‘Elf of the Shelf’ to support child development in positive ways
Our third ELF SKILLZ Lesson is all about Bravery.
It means to face your fears!
To help develop bravery, our Elf SKILLZ challenges are 1- Try again at something that is hard, 2 – Try Something New, and 3 – Facing Your Fears.
CHALLENGE 1 – Try Again At Something That Is Hard
Set up idea: Elf scaling a wall, skateboarding, or trying to ride a bike. Bonus if it’s something that your child could show bravery by trying again!
“Let’s try a game to see if you know how to be brave! Do you need to be brave to…
- Play a game that you are good at?
- Ride a bike or scooter after you fell?
- Play a game that you keep losing at?
- Try again at a school assignment that was hard?
Today I challenge you to try again at something that is hard, which requires you to be brave!”
Follow this link for a print out of challenge 1: Bravery – Challenge 1
CHALLENGE 2 – Try Something New
Set up idea: Elf hiding behind something.
“When you are brave, you are not afraid to trysomething new. Let’s try another game to see if you know how to be brave! Do you need to be brave to…
- Try riding a bicycle on your own?
- Brush your teeth?
- Try a new vegetable and eat at least half of what is one your plate
- Learn to tie your shoe for the first time?
Today I challenge you to try something new, which requires you to be brave!”
Follow this link for a print out of challenge 2: Bravery – Challenge 2
CHALLENGE 3 – Face Your Fears
Set up idea: Elf hanging onto a ornament or candy cane “zip lining” across the room.
“Let’s try another game to see if you know how to face your fears…Are you facing your fears if…
- You don’t want to meet new friends because you are scared they won’t like you?
- You introduce yourself to new friends and have a great time playing together?
- You don’t want to ride a bike without training wheels because you are afraid to fall?
- You give bike riding a try knowing you will eventually learn and have a blast once you do?
Today I challenge you toface a fear, which requires bravery!”
Follow this link for a print out of challenge 3: Bravery – Challenge 3
Putting the SKILLZ to work
For more information about how this can work in your home, see the Elf SKILLZ Introduction blog!