A few days before Christmas my husband and I looked at each other and basically said, “What the heck are we going to do with them tomorrow??” School was out. It was pouring rain. We don’t have family in town. And friends? Well, either they were out of town or busy with their own family things. Then I remembered my creativity guru- Katherine Marie and a simple idea turned into an entire days activity.
My husband and I started coming up with ideas, some inspired (those are given credit below), some just from our own minds. We came up with an itinerary and this is what we came up with.
The kids woke up to our elves holding a sign saying “Elf Training Today!”
At precisely 10am, a whistle blew and the recruits assembled and were handed their uniforms. (I kinda wished I had re-bought the same pajamas this year! I almost did…. Next year I definitely will!)
They were given nametags and instructed to give themselves new names.
The itinerary was read and we got started. (FYI- everything took about 10 minutes, not the 30 we allotted. So we were early. We will remedy that next year!)
Bootcamp: My husband led the kids in some exercises. We already had a defector.
Lollipop Identification: They each got 5 lollipops and had to identify the flavors. Each elf had different ones so they couldn’t trade answers.
On-Site Snowflake Making:
Lunch: Elf recruits eat nachos. Didn’t you know???
We moved things around a bit…
Candy Cane Target Practice: My husband had some candy canes with targets on them set up upstairs. The kids used nerf guns to shoot them down. I never got a great picture of that.
We’ve been Grinch bombed!
Give Grinch a Heart: (idea and free printable from here)
Hot Chocolate Tasting: (We’ve done this for several years. In the blind taste-test, the regular store brand wins every year! It’s the funniest thing.)
This year the hot chocolates were:
1. Kroger brand hot chocolate mix
2. Sweet Moose Gourmet hot chocolate (my favorite, but my kids didn’t like it)
3. Rudolph’s Favorite Chocolate Creamy Cocoa (bought at World Market)
4. World Market brand cocoa mix
5. Ghiradelli Double Chocolate (Bought at World Market, everyone hated this one)
The mini cups I found at the Dollar Tree and at my local Kroger.
ABC’s of Christmas: (idea from Katherine Marie)
Frosty Dash: We have a snowman kit that I pulled out for this. (Our 5 year old was so cute, he actually believed that Frosty was in our house. He was also very concerned about putting him back together. Unfortunately there wasn’t any snow, so we said we’d have to wait.)
Christmas Quiz: (found online here. There were a few spelling errors, but not enough to make me want to recreate it.)
Graduation: I made some certificates on the computer, added their elf name and my husband played graduation music. It was funny. At the end, we all threw our elf hats into the air (bought at the Dollar Tree) and cheered.
We are already coming up with ideas to do it again next year. Seriously, it didn’t take that much work and yet it occupied nearly the entire day. It was awesome.
Serious thanks to Katherine Marie because she has the best ideas. (you can follow her Instagram here. I don’t know her personally but she’s gotta be completely awesome.)