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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Published October 3, 2016

The Elves and the Shoemaker - In the olden days, people used to go to the shoemaker and have shoes sewn for them instead of going to the shoe store. The shoemaker kept a pattern of each person's feet in the store. The pattern was used to make the shoes. Since children grow quickly, the shoemaker had to make new patterns almost every time a new air of shoes was sewn for each child. Adult feet do not change a lot in size. Because of this, shoemakers could keep a pattern of an adult's feet in the shop to make new shoes when the old ones wore out without having to measure the adult's foot again.

Take a piece of plain paper and a pencil, crayon or marker. Take off one of your shoes. Put your foot on the paper, and trace your foot. Put your name on the pattern and cut it out with scissors. Ask your friends to trace their feet - or trace the feet of family members. Compare the patterns and arrange them from largest to smallest.

Compare the sizes of girls shoes to boys shoes and women's shoes to men's shoes, and see how they are alike and different.

 Name of Person  Length of Shoe  Width of Shoe