Oh I am so excited for Christmas! Now that both my girls are old enough to grasp the idea of presents and the fun of Christmas it really is going to be the best year yet! We have had a little elf magic sprinkled over us for the last 2 years but only using my old toy elf Edwin- one I have had since I was a child. When Elf Magic contacted me to see whether we would like to have a Christmas elf come to stay with us I was really very excited- I am more like an excitable child than my own children!
You will have heard of other Elf brands of course but my main issue with those are that the elves must not be touched- how unfriendly is that? My children love to interact with their toys and so the Elf Magic elves are a perfect fit with my family. They even come with a little bed and blanket to tuck them up in every night- cute or what? If you would like your own elf I have a 30% off code for you. Use KATY30 at the checkout- valid until 7th Dec 2015.
So what does the elf do?
Ok so your elf (ours is called Sherry) arrives on the day of your choice. Ours arrived today and will stay with us for 24 days, returning to the North Pole on Christmas Eve with Santa. They keep an eye on your child for the time they are here, reporting back to Santa to say whether you have been naughty or nice- of course we are always nice.
The other thing the elves are famous for, is their mischievous nature. Each day, when the girls come downstairs, they will find a scene depicting the mischief the elf has been up to all through the night. There are endless possibilities for this and Pinterest is full of them- I have even created a board especially for it as there is so much to choose from!
Sherry asleep in her bed.
I have made a list of 24 ideas here for you, those that I will be doing with my own toddlers- a little simple compared to some of the more extreme, but I will be saving those for when they are older.
- Have the elf arrive with a note from Father Christmas, explaining the tradition. Of course if you have done it in previous years you can have the elf write a letter telling your children what he has been up to all year and the fun he expects to have over the season!
- Have your elf sitting in among the Christmas decorations- maybe holding a new decoration! Time to put up the tree!!!
- Have your elf sitting writing a Christmas card- get the children involved (if they are older) in writing cards to their classmates.
- Uh oh, what are all these footprints? Naughty elf has left a trail of floury footprints throughout the house- he wants to make Christmas fudge!!
- Oh how kind- your elf has made you all new Christmas jumpers! Maybe have him tangled in some wool!
- What has he been up to? Make a few paper chain links and leave a pile of strips ready to make the rest! Who doesn’t like paper chains?!
- Uh oh, someone has got themselves in a tangle! Wrap your elf up in sticky tape and have some gifts and wrapping paper strewn about to make it look like he has been trying to get started on the wrapping! Time to get those presents wrapped and under the tree!
- If the children have been particularly good the day before, your elf will have reported this back to Father Christmas! Reward them with the elf bringing them some Christmas themed colouring books.
- I don’t know about you but I tend to tuck into the chocolate boxes early- I like to blame it on our elf!! Have him sitting on the sofa surrounded by the wrappers!! Ha! Maybe leave a sweet each for the kids!
- Are you going to see Father Christmas? Take them with you!
- Your elf has the Argos catalogue- write a letter to Santa.
- Have a miniature breakfast! If you have a dolls’ tea set have the elf set it up with mini pancakes or mini bowls of cereal.
- Many people hide the elf every day. I like to do it every now and then to keep it fun- where is he today? Maybe have a family game of hide and seek!
- I love Christmas movies!! Have your elf sitting on the sofa with some popcorn and the remote with a movie on pause. What has he been watching? Who wants to watch ELF?!! Woohoo!!
- We love to make gingerbread houses, have your elf sitting prepared with all of the ingredients in the kitchen- maybe he can draw a design for ‘his house’
- Baby L has her birthday in December- have the elf sitting among the birthday presents with a party hat on! If you don’t have a family birthday during December then why not throw your elf a birthday party?
- Naughty elf has struck again! TP the tree!!!!!
- If your kids are getting a bit excitable and starting to misbehave a little then have your elf write them a cautionary note reminding them that he is watching and reporting back to Father Christmas.
- Snowball fight! If it has snowed then mock up a fight between your elf and another toy using rolled up tissue. Invite your children to have a real snowball fight outside! (If it hasn’t snowed you could always make your own!)
- Making snowflakes is one of my favourite things to do each year, we stick them on the windows of our conservatory. Have your elf surrounded by paper cuttings and a few pre-cut snowflakes and get cutting!
- Make reindeer food! This is fun and helps keep the magic alive!
- Have a scavenger hunt! Leave clues leading to a prize at the end (chocolate money or some such) and have the elf holding the first clue- the prize is a new book (my personal favourite is The Jolly Christmas Postman).
- I love Christmas photos, have your elf sitting with the camera. Show the children some photos he has been taking through the night! If you have taken photos the past few weeks sit and look through them all together.
- Last day today! Sob! Have your elf write a thank you letter to the children reminding them to place him where Father Christmas can find him to take him back home! I am also going to start the tradition of a Christmas eve box of goodies so Edwin will deliver those to the children.
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So there we have it, enough to keep you going and none take too much time to prepare. If like me you often forget to get your elf ready then hide and seek is always a winner! I will be posting photos of our elf Sherry over on IG and I would love to see yours too so do tag me so I can see them!