Your family’s whimsical holiday elf or mensch is back to spread his special magic this holiday season. We're sharing 15 of our favorite ideas for healthy and fun adventures. It’s our gift to you, busy moms!
Make a splash! Add fruit slices to a pitcher of water and have your elf or mensch "fish" for the fruit (hint: make a fishing pole with a drinking straw, thread and a paper clip). Adding fruit to water makes it taste great and is the perfect way to steer kids away from sugary drinks!
Your elf has gone to the dogs! Hook the elf’s hand to Fido’s leash and write an "Elf-Gram" asking kids to take the dog for a walk because it’s good for him—and them!
Your mensch had some fun last night and created a menorah out of yummy blueberries, bananas and oranges. This delicious display can be enjoyed by the whole family at breakfast.
Have your elf say "namaste" to a nice, big morning stretch and yoga pose. Get sluggish kids going by having them do "child's pose" each day before school.
Your elf has taken a dive into a healthier snack, such as a bowl of popcorn! Next time you’re watching a family movie, remind kids that you’re replacing that box of candy with something more nutritious.
Your elf or mensch wants to sack race! He supplies big paper sacks so your kid’s other toys can race. Let kids decorate their sacks, then race them to the finish line.
Shhh! Your elf got cozy for a sleepover in a box of tissues. His note says the tissues remind him of the snow he snuggles up in at home—and how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. But keep your earplugs close, because elves snore!
Elves love to race! Last night, yours got into the bathroom cupboard and used a roll of toilet paper to slide down the stairs. Fortunately, he left a little pile of paper snowflakes at the bottom for a soft landing.
Learn how Santa and the elves got to be so stealthy. Your elf has created a “laser obstacle course” for kids to navigate. But be careful not to touch the yellow yarn, or you could get coal in your stocking! Kids can set up obstacles Santa might run into, like presents, decorations or even the dog!
Everyone knows elves are champions of strength! How else would they be able to carry around so many presents?! Your elf left an note that reads, "I did five push-ups last night. How many can you do?" Elf exercise challenges are always awesome!
Your elf got into the straws and put grapes on either end so he could do elf bicep curls. Santa makes sure his elves stay strong, so he gives them straws to use to drink plenty of water and milk. Inspire your child do the same!
Elves love healthy oatmeal. To prove it, yours has poured some on the kitchen counter and made a snow angel! Oatmeal is perfect for breakfast.
Toys aren't the only thing elves are good at making. Your elf can make kids a healthy "North Pole Snack" (think fruits and veggies) like these Santa hats made of grapes, bananas and strawberries with a note that reads, "Try it! You'll love it!"
Your mensch (and your kids) love the Minions so he got crafty and decorated a bunch of bananas (the Minions’ favorite food) to look like the loveable small, yellow characters. Maybe your kids will go bananas for this fun fruit.
Your elf wants to show kids that it’s good to help others. He stacked up several cans of healthy foods with the note, “Let’s give to those in need.” What great inspo for you and your kids to get in the holiday spirit and give back.