It’s almost that time of year again, time to bring out our elf friends for a little fun and mischief! Why not infuse a little Disney magic into your Elfcapades this year?
One of the things I enjoy most about the holidays now, is getting to have some fun with our little elf friends around the house. Being Disney Addicts we like to throw in some Disney inspiration when ever we can. We like to bring our elves out the day after Thanksgiving and have 2 little guys to spread the cheer. With more elves comes more mischief though, so I’m always coming up with new ideas to keep the party going all season long. We have the mainstream “Elf on the Shelf” and the adorable “Elf-Magic” elf, so you can see these elfcapades can be done with any type of elf you want. Even the new Frozen Hide-and-Hug Olaf who is out this season can get in on the fun.
10. Pixie Dust Surprise.
An easy one to set up is the Pixie Dust Surprise, I like to sprinkle a small trail of glitter from my child’s room to where the elves are hanging out and then splash them with a bunch of glitter. To really bring out the magic, cut out a silhouette of Tinkerbell in a pretty paper and leave it behind as her “shadow”, or a fun little sign. This way your child will know this is the real deal from Tink herself!
9. An Ornamental Gift.
Every so often our little guys like to bring home gifts from the North Pole, or other enchanted places they may visit on their nightly travels. It’s usually seasonal things like a new ornament for the tree, or a jingle bell from Santa’s Sleigh. Finding an ornament featuring your child’s favorite character and, having the elf deliver it makes it feel more special. I usually get a new Disney Ornament or 2 for my son each year that is something he’s very interested in. Last year it was Monster’s University and Planes ornaments. This year it will be Frozen. He loves that the elves bring them, because he feels like Santa picked them out just for him.
8. A Disney Story Book.
We love bedtime stories, and I am always looking for ways to keep encouraging reading. Around Christmas time I like to switch up the usual repertoire of books for some Holiday stories. This is when the elves go hunting one evening to find our Christmas stories. There are lots of Disney Holiday books to be found, I got this Cars “Jingle Wheels” book at the dollar store. The elves being found reading also sets a great example, and usually inspires some extra story times!
7. The Mickey Countdown.
Usually around December 1st is when we pull out our Mickey Christmas Countdown. We found him at Hallmark and absolutely adore him. Another great idea is making an Advent Calendar from card stock or construction paper, with Mickey Heads, and on the back of each Mickey a fun Disney quote when you take it off and turn it over.
6. Mini Mickey Ears.
This is one of my favorite ideas for the elves. Sometimes you can find ear hat ornaments, or miniature ear hats that you can use, but if not you can DIY! I took black felt and cut out 2 circles and glued them to a Santa hat for the Elf on the Shelf, and for the Elf Magic elf I cut out 2 pieces of black fabric in the shape of a mickey hat and sewed them together. I loved the Mickey ears so much I kept them on for a few of the other elfcapades. If giving your elf Mickey Ears doesn’t make me a Disney Addict then I don’t know what does!
5. The Disney Vacation
This one requires a little bit of planning, but is well worth it. Find a few shots of your child’s favorite Disney Park to visit, and paste pictures of the elves in them. Print them out at a 1 hour photo place, and put them inside a photo album. I chose a Disney inspired one from the dollar store of course! if your child can read feel free to put little captions with the pictures to make for even more laughs. Can you imagine your children’s surprise when they think the elf had a Disney vacation overnight?
As you can see it doesn’t have to be professional photoshopping work, just placed on any fun images. It also serves as a wonderful memory to look back on years later.
4. The Frozen Snow Fall.
One of my favorite elf shenanigans to stage is a marshmallow snowball fight. Last year I used dump trucks and bulldozers as my props, but we can make it more Disney than that can’t we? So why not have Elsa or Olaf bring in the snow? I mean it only makes sense! I don’t have an Elsa, so I used Olaf, but you can use any of the Frozen crew if you have them or hey all of them can join the personal snow flurry party! As a personal note I usually use a large sheet of wax paper for under the marshmallow staging grounds, this makes for a much easier clean up when it’s all said and done.
3. The Hidden Mickey.
Hey Danielle there’s no Elf in this picture, what kind of game are you pulling here? That’s the fun part! Sometimes the elves like to play hide and go seek. Leave a note somewhere easy to find like the Christmas tree, or if you’re really into it like me the elf condo you have set up on the entertainment center. Cut out some “hidden” Mickeys and leave them around the house, with each one giving a clue to where to look next! This is a great game that makes for a few laughs, and I like to reward the hunt at the end by having the elves waiting with a lollipop or crispy treat that can be enjoyed after activity time later in the day.
2. Mickey Treats!
This is one I started last year. Baking cookies for Santa is an old tradition that I love to keep. So to get things prepared and ready I like to have the elves bring a cookie mix and items needed for making cookies. A Mickey cookie cutter is a must for us and you also can’t have cookies with out Milk for Santa right? The elves bring out the Mickey Christmas cup for Santa’s milk, and of course some Mickey cookies for us too! If you don’t have time to bake a batch of cookies don’t worry! Simply take pound cake slices, use the Mickey cutter on them, and TA-DA!! Mickey shaped cookie cakes that take 30 seconds. Everything tastes better when it’s shaped like Mickey!
1. The Disney Announcement!
This year we are taking a short trip to see the Castle lighting at Magic Kingdom. I figured what better way to announce it to my son than to let the elves have the honor! If you are planning a holiday Disney get away the elves can get in on the fun too! Not going to Disney for the holidays? No worries! Plan a Disney movie night and have the elves announce “You’re getting a Disney movie night!” rent some holiday Disney favorites like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, and decorate with some tinsel and cut outs. Use your cookie cutter to make Mickey shaped cheese, fruit slices, and cakes and have fun! Bringing the magic home to every day life is what being a Disney Addict is all about!
I’m sure there’s plenty more Disney themed shenanigans to get into, and I’d love to hear yours! Once the fun begins I’ll be doing more elfcapdes #disneyside style so stay tuned!