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Traditions are EVERYTHING, especially during the holiday season. Elf on the Shelf is fun and all, but I didn't want the pressure on me to be creative and move it every night. I also wanted to do something a little more meaningful.
Enter the Kindness Elves! They bring an activity card every morning for something we will do that day. You can have it be from Santa, but my kids know it is just mom and love it just as much.
Why I Love Kindness Elves
- They sit still. You change a prompt card every night - that's it. See below for where I got ours.
- They still get my kids excited for something new each day, and it's a countdown to Christmas.
- Kindness is a huge focus, and we get to involve our kids in all the ways we can show kindness during the holiday season.
- We connect as a family through various activities on the card.
Everything you Need to Know to Start Your Tradition
I got my elves on Amazon. They are plush, but can sit if leaning on something. You can find them here.
You could also use your Elf on the Shelf, and have him bring kindness cards every day.
Last year I ordered Craft and Boogie's Kindness Advent Calendar Kit. It comes with 30 activity cards (plus 6 blank) that encourage kindness, gratitude, and family fun.
Some days the elves bring a kindness prompt like donate canned goods, while other days they bring a family activity idea like go look at Christmas lights.
Then after we would complete the day's activity, we hung it on the countdown banner. Meghan's kit comes with the twine, clothespins, numbers, and cards all printed!
If you prefer to print and cut them yourself, you can download a digital version here.
Last Year's Fun
We have some great memories, and the kids have already started talking about how they can't wait for the Kindness Elves to come this year.
On December 1, the elves brought a fun name coloring page that I printed with Rad and Happy's cute Christmas font. They also brought a letter template to write and send to Santa.
The kid's absolutely loved hiding their dollars at the Dollar Tree for someone else to find.
Family Grinch Night was a hit - we had a contest to see who could put on the most green and watched the classic movie. This year, I will plan a little more ahead and have some themed snacks and maybe a game.
I also thought the candy cane scavenger hunt was a very easy and fun activity.
Cleaning out their toys, baking something for neighbors, and simply smiling to everyone you see that day are other examples of kindness cards.
Allison from Allison Carter Celebrates also has a set of kindness cards that she uses with her Elf on the Shelf. You can download them here.
So how about it? Are you going to start a new tradition? Pin this image if you want to save it for later!
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