The elf on the shelf

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Junne, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    This is so much fun to do with your kids!!!! I just "adopted" Zachary, our elf a few days ago! While my son is 7 years old, he still believes and we are having some fun with all of the antics Zachary comes up with!

    Each day my son wakes up and rushes downstairs to "find" Zachary.

    In case you haven't read the story, its not too late to get started! Your little kids will love it!

    Day 1 - Zachary makes breakfast for my son!!!!

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    Day 2 - Oh dear! Looks like Zachary got himself in a little jam ( or is that Candy! ) Seems he was trying to bring Aiden a "Good behavior" bar and he was ambushed! I also heard someone distinctly say, "Braaaaaainssssss"

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    Day 3 - pea pods make great sleeping bags!

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    Day 4 - Ahhh. Vita Coco! Vita Coco! Vita Coco!

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    Other suggestions welcomed and yes, I am already thinking of some "fish" themed things ;)

  2. EthanWell Known MemberMember

    i wish i still believed in santa clause lol
  3. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    b...bu...but I don't have any kids :( (not that I am complaining!) I still wanna do this xD anyways... how about setting up a board game? battleships and monopoly come to mind! OHHH and have him sitting on the edge of your tank with a mini fishing pole that has a cucumber attached ;)
  4. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    Oh :( - I hope my son never stops believing.............

    Great idea with the battleship ( and we just got that game too! ) yes, I have lots of things in store to think of..... I like the idea of the mini fishing pole although by the time I set it up, it will probably be knocked over in the tank with the fish and snails getting to it!!! LOL
  5. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    well rig the string to be longer so it can reach the tank floor and he isn't pulled under ;)
  6. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I'll have to think about that one. I usually set it up before going to bed ( in case he wakes up before I do ) maybe the Betta tank instead ( worry about my naughty Nerites escaping if the tank lid is open in the main tank ) hmmmm............

    oh gosh! if he saw a "drowning" elf, the magic would be over!!!
  7. ZiggiWell Known MemberMember

    would it spook him to wake up to Zachary watching him sleep? Thats so cute and fun! :D
  8. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    you could rig him up to be like a diver:) in case he falls in it won't traumatize your son! or the betta tank would work as well :)

    That would scare the crabs out of me xD
  9. EthanWell Known MemberMember

    you have crabs inside you monkey? o_O
  10. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    0_o you mean you didn't know? they are fiddler crabs! they help when I am playing my Violin ;)
  11. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    Well the whole story behind elf on the shelf is that the kids are not allowed to "touch" the elves or they lose their magic...... Only the adults ( good marketing I'd say! ;) )
    If a child "accidently" touches the elf, theres a whole ritual that gets done ( something about sprinkling cinnamon???? )
    So the elf goes back EVERY night to the North Pole to report to Santa about the daily things in our household - keeping an especially watchful eye on my son.
    Then on Christmas day, the elf goes back to the North Pole until next year!
  12. TerraWell Known MemberMember

    That is a truly genius game/story/whatever-it-is and I soooooooo wish they had it when my son was little!
  13. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks for the idea Junne! I had never heard of this but now my daughter will. :)
  14. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I had only discovered it this year Matt. My son is 7 now but I wish I had seen this a few years back!!!

    It's a lot of fun and really keeps them on their best behavior knowing the scout elf is reporting back every day!!! :giggle:
  15. freak78Well Known MemberMember

    Yeah we adopted our elf (Ginger)this year for our girls (ages 1, 3 and 5)and they love all the antics their elf does. Their always excited every morning to see what the elf has done.
  16. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    Junne, I love this idea. I will adopt this idea when I have my kid. Hopefully next year :p Fingers crossed
  17. fishynoobWell Known MemberMember

    I am so doing this next year my son will be 5 on Dec 4th so I spy a Birthday Present!
  18. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I would love to hear some of the things "Ginger" has done..... I have been taking a picture chronicle daily of Zachary's events. I hope to do a photobook after Christmas - something my son can remember long after Christmas is over.....
  19. EthanWell Known MemberMember

    i will have to buy an elf myself and put him in odd places for me to discover in the morning :p
  20. totesValued MemberMember

    So it's cheesy but we play "Gnome in the Home" in my has nothing to do with Santa as we are all adults, but more to see what antics the gnomes get into (we use a Jets and a Giants gnome from Modell's) far they have found themselves in the china cabinet among the fine china; in the fridge behind the milk, on the bathtub, and in a closet.
    Here are some ideas for Zachary:
    Have him "play" in or with your son's clothes
    In the middle of hygiene: with the toothbrush, or pretending to take a bath or getting ready to
    Trying to wrap a present for someone
    Attempting to bake cookies (have all the spices out/flour/sugar etc)
    Attempting to help with homework/checking it
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