So let me start by saying YES, I am one of those moms hat goes all out with our Elf on the Shelf. Most people love the Elf or hate it. This time of year is when all your social media feeds start to fill-up with Elf sightings which could be super annoying for somebody who hates the Elf. I am sure people wonder whats the point of the ELf? Most people will say they do it to keep their kids better behaved and yes that is a nice option to have but really it doesn't keep my kids in line plus I really am not going to hold them accountable for it. So why do I do Elf on the Shelf? The answer is I do it because my kids love it. The excitement they have every morning to find Cindy (thats our elf's name) and to see what she has gotten into or brought them is pure bliss. Who doesn't like to see their kids so happy and over the moon about something when they wake up. I wouldn't mind if my morning would start like that. I love it and I will continue doing Elf on the Shelf until they could care less. It does take time to do it but I really feel like its all worth it. I love the holidays, so doing The Elf on the Shelf tradition adds a little excitement to every day during this time of year. My kids enjoy it so much and it has really in grained in the brains that they look forward to it, not to mention they ask if they can invite Cindy to their birthday parties during the year. Which I think is a crack up but it makes me happy that they love it.
Every year before Thanksgiving I set aside some money to use towards our Elf funds. With this I go to Target to pick up stuff for Cindy to bring: pjs, games, legos, coloring books, play-dough, snacks, little toy, puzzles etc most of which are in the stocking stuffers areas. I even keep our Elf stuff in its own bin. I don't set up a calendar to go by because our days change around and I don't want to feel like I am stuck having to do one idea. There are some nights I lay down in bed only to jump up saying oh shoot I forgot about Cindy, but every time I manage to come up with something good. I normally try to take a mental note of what my kids were playing a lot with that day and then try to incorporate that in. I feel like when I do that they are the most excited. Do you do Elf on the Shelf in your home? What does your Elf do?
The first year we started doing Elf on the Shelf we needed a new star. So Cindy brought us our star and now she puts it on the tree every year. Although this was not how our Elf was introduced it has become a fun tradition for us.
How did you introduce your Elf on the Shelf? Our Elf came with a knock at the door, the kids ran to the door to find a package. They opened the package to find a book, a movie and our Elf. We read the book and watched the movie, We then talked with the kiddios about the Elf and decided on a name. We then placed our elf Cindy on our mantle in her box so that she could get to work.
Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and friends captured Cindy while she was bringing the kids a letter. Does your Elf bring a letter? When normally have a letter from Cindy. It will say positive things that the kids are doing and then reminded them to listen and treat everyone nice.
My kids love to color so it was only fitting to have Cindy bring them pictures. Each picture represents something that my kids were super into.
Cindy helping save the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the evil bugs using a Cheerios rope. Use ribbon to make cheerio rope. Strung the ribbon through the cheerios.
Cindy decorated our tree with candy canes.
Weston turned 3! Cindy always brings him a gift with cupcakes.
Cindy brought the kids new pjs. Using a little magic she slipped the new pjs on them when they were sleeping.
Mr. Potato Head, Woody and cindy having a friendly game of war. Used a cake stand for the table and Duplos for the chairs, mini m&m for snacks and cups from Target.
Cindy left the kids a note in the kitchen to play hide'n'seek. The kids searched the house to find her.
Christmas plates and snacks. Plates and snacks from Target.
With a little help from the Duplos Cindy got our train all setup.
My kids Play-Doh is always running low about now. So Cindy brings them Play-Doh. I put out Christmas cookie cutters for the kids to use with the pay-doh.
Cindy getting artsy.
About now your probably wondering if there are days that Cindy just switches places and takes a night off, and yes there are.
Bring out the puzzles to stimulate those brains. Puzzles are from Target in the dollar bins.
Everyones a little sick Cindy declared a movie day. I made a bed and table out of Duplos, the movie snack kit is from Target its in the Christmas section(I just got one for this year).
Fishing in the tree. Fishing game from Target in the dollar bins.
Cindy added cannons to the tree to shoot out the snowballs that Aunt Page sent.
Mini donuts with the dinos. This is by far by kids favorite! All Cindy needed were some Cheerios, frosting and sprinkles. I cut one straw to make 3 smaller ones, the cups our lids to bottles and woke up before the kids to add milk into the cups.
A new toy for all. The snowman was a gift from Aunt Page its super cute it plays music and spins around, I ran down to press the hand while the kids ran down the stairs. Legos were like $6 dollars and Doc stuff $1 at Target.
Cindy pulled out Christmas books to read and treats to eat on Christmas Eve. The mini cookies came in a $1 container, white powder donuts, used their legos Cindy brought, the Christmas train lego was in the stocking stuffer bins at Target, chair was made out of Duplos and the Reindeer food was a gift from a friend.
Hope you enjoy some of my Elf on the Shelf ideas, make sure to keep checking back for my weekly updates with Elf on the Shelf ideas and to see what out Cindy is up to.