New Year’s Resolution Writing & Dancing Elf Drawing




New Year’s resolution writing activity – draw elves dancing for joy when you keep your resolution.  Have students write a SMART goal for their resolution.

What do New Year’s Resolutions and Dancing Elves have in common?  New Year’s Rockin Elf Resolutions!

Be the coolest teacher ever by showing students how to draw an elf Flossing, Dabbing, doing the Wobble or Cupid Shuffle, and more! Students will then write a New Year’s Resolution that makes their elves want to dance.


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Your Students Will

  • Watch a presentation story about the dancing elves.
  • Learn to draw a dancing elf.
  • Write a New Year’s Resolution.
  • Optional – learn one of the dances from the Rockin Elf sheets.

What You Get:

  • Presentation (9 pages)
  • Teacher Instructions (3 pages)
  • Directed Drawing (1 page)
  • Choice Drawing (1 page)
  • Roll & Draw (1 page)
  • Dancing Elves (6 pages)
  • Drawing and Writing Pages (10 pages)

>>>>> A total of 31 pages!

Take a look at the preview images to get a snapshot of what you get.



  • Art
  • Writing
  • Dancing

I’ve created a presentation to help you get started that uses dancing elves to brainstorm some New Year’s Resolution ideas.  The presentation also goes over how to write a “SMART” goal that can be used as a New Year’s resolution.


A SMART goal is:



The presentation has 6 dancing elves telling about seeing someone do something good (which makes them want to dance) and asking students a follow-up question about how they might respond.  For example:

“Angel dances for joy when she sees someone never giving up.”
“What’s difficult for you to do?”

Finish up the lesson by teaching your students one of the dances from the drawing pages (instructions for the dance are not included, but Youtube has lots of videos).  The dance can be used as a fun brain break or a learning celebration throughout the rest of the year.

Then have students draw a dancing elf and write their New Year’s resolution.

Use New Year’s Elves for your next art lesson with kids. 

See my blog post with some easy art techniques you can use on your elves.



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