OK, now that I'm off my soap box let's get down to business. To use these you just need to download and print and cut the cards. You could also laminate and keep from year to year if you have access to a laminator. That's one way to cut down on the work.for yourself. Since I haven't done the elf I'm not able to show pictures, but I am describing the cards that I feel need some explanations.
These first two sheets are just random fun notes from your Elf.
These next two sheets are jokes.
The next two cards are service oriented as well as spiritually oriented.
Card 1: You could have a picture of Baby Jesus and remind them of why we celebrate Christmas
Card 2: You could set out a story about the birth of Jesus and read it to them or even leave their favorite Christmas book out to enjoy together.
Card 3: You could encourage them to let someone go in front of them in line, or share a toy with their sibling. Help them brainstorm small ways to give to others.
Card 4: Lay out some crayons and paper and let them draw a picture for a grandparent or someone at church who is sick, teacher, etc. The goal is to get them thinking of other people.
These next 4 cards are service related. You would need to think ahead a bit and plan out these projects. But they are doable and if you have a crazy week then choose a joke card.Card 1: You probably will be baking cookies sometime in the month. Think ahead and save that card for the day before you'll make cookies.
Card 2: Give your kids some paper and markers and let them make a card for someone in the military. Here is where you can find the address to send it to.
Card 3: Give your kids a small chore and then go to the store to buy a couple canned goods that they can drop in a food drive box, or the church food pantry. This takes a little time but teaches A LOT!
Card 4: This card will take a little planning ahead but it's a great way for your child to get the message that there are kids who receive very little for Christmas. It doesn't have to be a big gift but something to get the message across.
Here is a calender for you to do a rough sketch of the month. Kinda, like menu planning. Look at your month and start plugging in ideas. Then on dates you know are crazy plan those days to be joke card days. Turn your sheet over and write down anything you might need to buy to make the activities happen. Don't forget to be nice to yourself!! /Remember you set the tone and mood for the whole house.
You can download the calendar and cards HERE
The digital paper used for this project was purchased from Prettiful Designs
I hope you enjoy these and build lots of wonderful memories with your children.
15 Kids Christmas Crafts
15 Kids Christmas Crafts
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