Things have been a little quiet here lately as I’ve been working hard on re-branding the blog. We may no longer be The Adventures Of An Allergy Mummy but we are still here, still us, and very excited for the future as Just The Three Of Us!
I’m kicking off Just The Three Of Us with a festive post for you all, have you heard of Elf On The Shelf?
Anyone that knows me personally will know how much I love Christmas, even more so now that I have children to share it with.
One tradition I started last year is Elf On The Shelf. If you are a parent, I’m sure you would have heard of Elf On The Shelf already but if you haven’t then Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition (blue-eyed boy) is a great kit to get you started.
Each morning in December in the lead up to the big day I help our elf, Eric, get up to mischief whilst the children are sleeping. On the 1st he brings their advent calendars and a welcome note. Once the pleasantries are out-of-the-way, the naughtiness begins!
Looking for some Elf On The Shelf inspiration? I’ve put together a list of tips and ideas below to help you spread some festive cheer this Christmas.
Do you want to build a snowman?
All you need is 2 or 3 toilet rolls and an orange and black sharpie for this one. Simply tower up your toilet roll and draw on the snowman’s features. Pop your elf inside the tube for guaranteed giggles when the children find him!
Bring the toys to life.
Our elf loves to take the Barbie’s and superhero’s for a ride in one of the children’s toy cars. You could get really imaginative with this one and make a road with masking tape leading up to the Christmas tree. Underneath the children could find all sorts like their advent calendars that the cheeky elf has moved.
The great thing about those cheeky little elf’s is that they are super poseable. You can arrange them into all sorts of positions which allows you to get really creative with some elf gymnastics. We are a few days in to Elf On The Shelf 2017 and our Eric has already used the lampshade as a trapeze!
Shoe-boxes and string are great tools for setups like this.
Grab a Christmas movie and some popcorn. Position your elf with the remote control and let the children believe their elf has organised it all! This is a great one for when your feeling exhausted from all the festivities.
Spray shaving foam in a safe place and write a message to your children using your finger. Position the elf to look like he has written the message himself. I like to write things like ‘tidy your room’ – simple yet effective!
Marshmallow hot tub.
All those antics can be quite exhausting for the elves. Create a ‘hot tub’ using a bowl and marshmallows and allow your elf some time to relax – the children will giggle furiously.
Kelly Kemp from School Run Shop showed me some fantastic scenes she had created like elves enjoying an art class (pictured above). How clever is that?
Feel free to comment below and let me know what your elves are getting up to this Christmas – I’d love to see what ideas you have.