My family has always set out cookies for Santa and a piece of cheese for the Christmas mouse, but it wasn’t until The Goose was in preschool that we found out about reindeer food. His teacher handed out a small baggie with oatmeal and glitter and told us to sprinkle it in the driveway on Christmas Eve so that the reindeer would see the glitter shimmering in the moonlight and know to stop at our home.
Last week, Jaime, our Elf on the Shelf, got herself into a little bit of trouble. But that was nothing compared to what she’s been up to this week!
I’ll come right out and say it – we LOVE the Elf on the Shelf. Some people find it silly, and think that it just adds another layer on the holiday to do list. But to us, it represents that magic of the season. Yes, it can be a pain coming up with new and fun ideas each week. And sometimes, you find that your really great idea was a total flop (this happened last year when our elf used a dry erase marker to scribble on the Goose’s school picture). But our little boy is only going to be young once. And he gets such a thrill out of looking for our elf, and laughing at all the fun things she does. So let the magic begin!
The Elf on the Shelf made her first appearance at our house last year, and boy did she have fun! If you’re searching for some ideas, keep reading. We have a lot of great ones!
If you have pancakes and bacon for dinner, like we often do, make a few mini pancakes, and keep a small piece of the bacon aside. The next morning, you can make it look like The Elf on the Shelf stole some of your dinner!
I am neither an artist nor a cake decorator, but there are times when I must produce a good looking homemade cake. I used to spend a lot of time trying to decorate cakes using frosting and decorating tips. But the cakes always turned out looking awful. Then I came across a brilliant idea-use colored sprinkles. Not only does it hide a bad frosting job, but it also makes your cake look super fancy.
I recently became one of the “playdough moms” at The Goose’s school. Every few weeks, it’s my job to make a fresh batch of homemade playdough and send it to school with him. It takes just a few minutes to whip up a batch of playdough, and The Goose loves being able to choose the playdough color for the week.
Playing with playdough is a great sensory activity for kids, and it encourages creativity and imagination. Using playdough also helps to improve fine motor skills, and strengthens the small muscles in kids hands and fingers. These are the muscles that they will need to hold a pencil and write. Playing with playdough is important work!
I’m thankful that The Goose is not a picky eater. He counts tomatoes, mangoes and broccoli among his favorite foods, and he is always willing to try new things (which is more than I can say for myself).
Even though he’s not picky, I’m still finding that packing school lunches is a bit of a challenge. At home, most of his favorite lunch choices are “hot” foods, like quesadillas, macaroni and cheese and tacos. This means I have to be creative. But honestly, how many different ways can you spice up a plain old PB&J?
Like most kids I know, The Goose is always falling down. The knees on his pants are constantly ripping, and I find myself looking for creative ways to patch them.
One day, while I was searching the Internet for new ideas, I saw a cute monster face, and I immediately thought “I can’t sew. I shouldn’t even try this.” But I couldn’t help myself, and before I knew it, I was buying fabric, needles and thread. And the pants monster was born.
Friday is the start to our weekend, and I always plan something fun for us to do. Over the summer, we went to bounce houses, sprayscapes, beaches, plays, movies, miniature golf and more. All in the name of Fun Day Friday.
Fun Day Friday started as an accident. The Goose was taking swim classes every Friday morning, and we always ended up heading over to McDonald’s for lunch immediately after. I was tired of always doing the same thing, so one week I decided to change things up. I took The Goose to Subway for lunch and then to the park for a playdate with a few of his friends from school.