Monday, December 17, 2012

35 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for TODDLERS and a LinkUp!

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Last year I brought you THIS post with 25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Toddlers! The ideas I'm sharing are not mischievous...I don't want my elf teaching the kids any bad behavior, but rather fun, silly, cute ideas geared towards toddlers.

This year, I've got 10 new ideas to add to that post of 25. I've also received several emails from you asking to do a Elf on the Shelf Idea Link Up, so I'm including that at the bottom of this post! Feel free to link up any posts you have with EotS ideas! Hopefully we can inspire one another!

Buddy (our elf) brought the boys 3 new Christmas books. We love reading together so this was a great gift. He always shows up just out of reach from small hands - this time he was up in their entertainment center that Chris built for our playroom. They could just reach the books, but not him!

Also, I didn't make a special trip to buy these books. I order books every month through Brayden's school. It's a fundraiser thing they do where their library then gets free books to add to their collection, and these were the ones I had ordered in November!

I try to move him around to different rooms each day. This time, he was riding a reindeer that sits up on our mantle!

You might have seen this idea before, but if your kids have seen the movie Elf with Will Ferrell, you know that elves like syrup (and sugar!). We watched the movie one night and the next morning he was drinking syrup in the fridge. That way, it was still relevant and Brayden was able to make the connection!

We were attempting to think of a way to incorporate him in the entryway this year (last year he ziplined through it) and Chris came up with this one. He was hanging on to the entry light!

Another day, he lined up a bunch of the littlest toy cars we have to play with them.

Have you seen the plush elves that the kids can touch/play with? I got ours at Target. Anyway, Buddy brought the boys each an elf. It's so hard for little ones to love something and not be able to touch it so this was one of the best ideas I've had this year! Both boys LOVE their plush elves!

Here Buddy was playing with another toy but this one makes noise. It was fun to sneak in there when the kids weren't looking and push the button. They thought Buddy was playing with the toy when they weren't able to see him!

The snowman had fun giving Buddy a hard time the other day. Hint: For toddlers, we always set Buddy up back far enough on a table or up high where the kids can't reach him, even if temptation strikes!

The credit for this cute idea goes to my husband. He fashioned little weights out of marshmallows and toothpicks so that Buddy could work on his fitness. ;-)

I did my first EotS post this year on the Welcome Back Buddy Breakfast. You don't have to use this idea for a welcome back - you could do it for any regular day or a farewell breakfast!

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