elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast

Elf on the Shelf 2014

Happy December everyone. It seems like a lot of elves are arriving today, but ours doesn’t arrive until Saturday, so in the meantime,  I thought I would share our past elf adventures. I was a bit unsure of the elf craze when my sister-in-law asked if we could get one for our nephew as a Christmas present. I didn’t understand why a mischievous elf who make messes all over your house, watches your children and reports back to Santa. It seemed a bit hypocritical if you ask me. Because of that, I was leaning more towards an activity advent calendar, but I bought one for my nephew and picked one up for Hudson too, then we skipped the whole thing because we decided Hudson was too young. The following year, when Hudson was two,  we decided to give the elf thing a try. I actually was really happy we decided to go with the elf instead of the calendar because the possibilities are endless. Our elf can suggest activities, bring small gifts, or just create a bit of holiday magic. As the kids get older, my goal is to have our elf help encourage us to do more and more for others, but for now, we are trying to keep things light and fun (and not too mischievous). Our elf has been a lot of fun for the whole family and I’m sure it will become a beloved tradition in our home. Below are our adventures with our elf from 2014 along with links to all the printables still available that I used. 🙂 

month of elf on the shelf ideas for toddlers with links to tons of printables
Since we were out of town, our elf arrived on December 6th, 2014. He started things off with a bang. He hosted a North Pole Breakfast complete with Snowman donuts, strawberry/banana santa hats, banana/blueberry snowmen, and an apple candy cane. Our elf also brought Hud’s favorite, balloons. The elf wrote each of the boys a note. Hud was most excited about the balloons and snowman “cupcakes” (donuts), but he eventually calmed down enough to listen to the book and realize that his elf was sitting on the table. Did I mention the kid who is allergic to everything and never eats sweets got to eat powdered donuts?! 🙂 We asked Hud what our elf should be called and he gave us his standard, “yeah” answer. So we started listing tons of options. Jingle Bells is Hudson’s favorite Christmas song so as soon as I suggested that one his eyes lit up and he said Jingle Bell. I asked if we should call him Jingle, he sternly said no. Then I said what about Jingle Bells, again he said no, Jingle Bell. So Jingle Bell it is. 

elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast

elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast donuts and strawberry banana santa hats

elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast

elf on the shelf ideas north pole breakfast foods-candy cane apple, donut snowmen, banana snowmen

On Day 2 (12/7), Hudson immediately asked about the tree. He is super excited about it and that was definitely his focus that morning. When we mentioned his elf, he ran straight to the kitchen table to look for his elf. We explained to him that each night he moves, but Hudson still expected him to be in the same place. When he spotted JB hanging from the tree he got excited. JB had hidden 10 candy canes in the room for Hudson to find. Hudson loved looking for the candy canes!

elf on the shelf idea candy cane scavenger hunt with link to free printable

On Day 3 (12/8), Jingle Bell brought Elf diapers for the boys. He let Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore each have a diaper and they all rode on our sled. Hudson first went to the table this morning, then the tree to look for his elf, haha. When he spotted him he got very excited and thought the elf diapers were pretty awesome. When I put him and Luc in them later in the day, he was giddy about them.

elf on the shelf idea sled carrying stuffed animals in elf diapers

On Day 4 (12/9), Jingle Bell made snowflakes out of q-tips on the stairs. Hudson is really obsessed with q-tips at the moment so he thought this was really neat. This was the day that I really had to emphasize that Hudson could look at Jingle Bell, but he wasn’t allowed to touch him. I could tell it was tempting every time Hud walked by, but he followed by directions.

elf on the shelf idea snowflake q-tips

On Day 5 (12/10), Hudson immediately spotted Jingle Bell sledding down our stairs. Hudson seems to be getting more excited about JB each day he is here. Hudson walked up and down the stairs so many times that day saying, “no touching, only watch Jingle bell sledding down stairs”

elf on the shelf idea sledding down the stairs using paper towel roll and cup lid

On Day 6 (12/11), JB put on some goggles and an aviator jacket and took to the skies. He decided to fly Hudson’s plane.

elf on the shelf idea flying in an airplane

On Day 7 (12/12), Jingle Bell colored a picture and left one for Hudson to color as well. Hudson was very excited to color his elf and send it back to Santa with JB.

elf on the shelf idea coloring page with link to printable

elf on the shelf idea coloring page with link to printable

On Day 8 (12/13), JB was hanging from our snowflake decorations. He brought two jingle bells to play music with. Hudson loved shaking them and singing his favorite Christmas song, Jingle Bells.

elf on the shelf idea elf brought jingle bells for singing carols

elf on the shelf idea elf brought jingle bells for singing carols

On Day 9 (12/14), we found Jingle Bell ice skating or “ice slipping” as Hud calls it! Hud was very excited about it!!

elf on the shelf idea elf goes ice skating

elf on the shelf idea freeze water in cake pan so elf can ice skate

On Day 10 (12/15), Jingle Bell brought a can of instant snow. Hudson of course wanted to play with it right away so I put him in his high chair and we made it. Hudson thought it was really cool, but boy was it messy!

elf on the shelf idea can of instant snow

On Day 11 (12/16), JB brought some decorations so Hudson could spruce up the tree had made the day before.He loves crafts and had lots of fun gluing the ornaments on his Christmas tree.

elf on the shelf idea ornaments on tree craft

On Day 12 (12/17), JB was hanging out in Hudson’s basketball hoop.

elf on the shelf idea basketball hoop

On Day 13 (12/18), JB built a snowman out of toilet paper.

elf on the shelf idea olaf with link to printable

On Day 14 (12/19), JB brought the boys each a personalized Christmas book. Hudson received the Night Before Christmas and Luc got a book titled, Luc’s Very Merry First Christmas. (these were purchased from Pottery Barn Kids)

elf on the shelf idea personalized books

On Day 15 (12/20), Jingle Bell brought us the hit of the holiday season. Each of the boys got a bucket full of snowballs for indoor snowball fights. Hudson, dada and Luc immediately had a snowball fight. It was hilarious and everyone loved it. These were played with over and over again the rest of the month! Thanks for an awesome gift JB! (These can be purchased from Amazon)

elf on the shelf idea snowball fight

On Day 16 (12/21), Jingle Bell set out stuff for us to make sugar cookies for Santa. Hudson loves making sugar cookies. He helped cut out all the shapes, then decorated them the next day with lots of frosting and sprinkles.

elf on the shelf idea bake cookies

On Day 17 (12/22), Jingle Bell brought the boys pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve.

elf on the shelf ideas christmas pajama delivery

I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but later that day, I found Hudson sitting on the couch with Jingle Bell in his lap! I immediately reminded him that he couldn’t touch Jingle Bell and he gave me a grumpy face.  We said a little apology and did a little magical dance and thankfully, JB didn’t lose his magic.

elf on the shelf oops he touched the elf

On Day 18 (12/23), Jingle Bell took photos in our photo booth! He had his own props and everything! Hudson thought it was hilarious!! For more info and free printables so your elf can get in on the photobooth fun click here.

elf on the shelf idea photo booth with link to props printable

On Day 19 (12/24), we got a goodbye letter from our elf. He had to head back to the North Pole, but he promises to be back next year.

elf on the shelf goodbye letter

Links:

FREE Elf on the Shelf Notes

Elf On The Shelf Sized Coloring Sheets {And Kid Sized Coloring Sheets, Too!}

Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast

Disney Frozen Elf on the Shelf Free Printable

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