So he's back! As if we don't have enough to think about at this time of year, we now heap more responsibilty on ourselves by trying to think of things the newest additon to the family can get up to during the nights of December!
Also, we actually have to remember to help the elf do naughty things and make a mess for us to clear up in the morning!! Why do we do this?.....The look on our children's faces & the pure magic it creates is enough!
Minute Mummy has turned herself into your own festive helper. Think of me as a cross between Mother Christmas and the elf who thinks GINgle Bells is a much better option than Jingle Bells! Below you will find over 50 suggestions on what you elf could get up
to on his or her nightly adventures! Clearly you only need 24 but not every suggestion will be possible for all households so go ahead and choose your favourites!
The first appearance is very exciting so what about discovering a bag of love hearts
and message from Father Christmas explaining what the elf is there for? (To ensure good behavior and feed back to the big man!)
Eating chocolate and smeared around the Elf’s face / table
Elf leaning against hot
choc ingredients – packet of hot choc, marshmallows, choc drops, etc
Parachute from a lamp shade with a treat
Paper chain with chains corresponding to days left before the big day
Stuck in the ice maker (if you have one on your fridge)
Make a bed in a box of tissues
Popcorn party – popcorn spilt across the kitchen!
Marshmallow bath –
small toy bath, filed with mini marshmallows with elf inside
Fishing from the sink – using fish shaped food
Drinking maple syrup
Playing a game like connect
four with a teddy
Elf and an army fighting a battle – army could stick elf to wall or floor
Candy cane swing – large candy cane, string, hang up and sit elf on!
Writing in the sink with
Hidden candy canes in the room ‘I have hidden 5 candy canes please find them’
Tangled in Christmas lights
Snow angels – flour on the kitchen surface, elf doing a snow
Cheerio tinsel / pipe cleaner garland – feed cheerios onto string/pipe cleaner etc
Pegging his clothes out
Flicking through the Argos catalogue
Head in a bag of sweets
– empty wrappers thrown across the floor!
Driving a toy car
Snowball fight with another toy using mini marshmallows and lego walls to hide behind
Wrapping a present or sitting with a present
Drawing on the bananas
Baking cookies – ingredients either ready to use or a mess made and cookies waiting to be eaten!
Writing Christmas cards - perhaps one to your child
seek in the tree – leave a note to say find me
Reading a book to toys
Toasting something in toaster
Leave Christmas Eve boxes
Ingredients ready to make pancakes for breakfast
Underpants hung on the Christmas tree
Stilt walking with wrapping paper rolls
Christmas letter pack – do this early in December in time to send to Father Christmas
Turn milk pink –
red food colouring! Naughty Elf!
Riding a toy reindeer
Dipping candy canes into chocolate spread
Hammock made with a scarf
Cinnamon sticks as fire wood – pretending to be
warming around the fire
Igloo made of sugar cubes to hide in
Candy cane sledge being pulled by toy pets
Hiding inside the cereal container / box
Flying on a paper airplane or glider
Milk and cookies left as a treat
Christmas treasure hunt – place clues around the house and give first clue to the elf
Balloon with days until Christmas on it or foil number on balloon
biscuit for the dog
Donutsleft for breakfast
Riding a toy train
Clues given to find advent books (see advent book suggestion)