Sunday 7 December 2014

A Cheat's Guide to Elf on the Shelf

So this little guy turned up this morning, (a little on the tardy side but better late than never, I didn't mention this to Miss 3 though. He told me he was a visiting a little while ago from Not Socks Gifts the North Pole but was waiting for the right time to visit). Tried to pop down the chimney of the old gas fire that Mr R pulled out last week. Didn't get the memo that the fire had moved outside temporarily (although it seems to be permanent fixture on the deck at the moment!).

 He came with a letter addressed to Miss 3 explaining basically how it works -
  • Who he is (a magical Elf)
  • Why he's here  (to spy on Santa's behalf)
  • Can he please have a name (we decided on Elfie) 
  • The rules (basically don't touch him, otherwise his magic will go away and he won't be able to report to Santa how naughty or nice you've been)

 And then he made himself some Kiwi friends and has fitted right in.

Now that's the easy bit done, usually there's a month of activities to think about but luckily enough the Elf on the Shelf journey has been carried out many times before.

Here's a Cheat's Guide to make the Elf on the Shelf fun (and easier!)

1. Check out lots and lots of inspiration here on Pinterest like this one from My Life and Kids

100 Elf on the Shelf ideas from quick & easy to crafty & committed.

2. Come up with a bit of a plan! There are some lovely people who have compiled activities for each day in calendar month form on Pinterest, you can find them here 

I absolutely love this one from Mama Cheaps, Inspiration for both Slackers and Overachievers I'm totally following the Slackers one (and maybe thinking about the Overachievers one)

elf on the shelf calendar slacker edition wm

elf on the shelf calendar overachiever edition wm

3. Think about your kid's interests and what they are into/have been excited about throughout the year.

Here's a few ideas based on Lily's interests that I've come up with so far........

I have a few ideas that involve her toys (I think watching the Toy Story movies 1, 2 & 3! lately have inspired some of these)

Dinosaur Piggyback

Elf on the shelf- haha!!
Snippets from Suburbia

Hanging out with the Frozen Movie Cast

elf on the shelf + frozen, do you want to build a snowman, #elfontheshelf, #frozen,

Mat Time (Lily loves being the Teacher)

A convoy of vehicles to the North Pole - maybe a sleigh like this one

elf on the shelf…Santa's sleigh
The Organised Housewife

Elf Donuts - I blogged about these super cute treats last year

Elf made the kids Elf donuts! Cheerios topped with icing and sprinkles.

Movie Night

Day #6- Elf on the Shelf Idea!

Making Pancakes

elf on the shelf ideas

Reading a toy catalogue

Playing a little Poker

elf on the shelf-1-13

The Voice audition

Picklehead Soup
Stay tuned for more Elfie adventures over on the Facebook page!