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Tinkles colouring in Santa!

Tinkles is artistic! Or at least she is careful and colours between the lines nicely 🙂

Christmas elf colouring in a Love Santa picture

Tinkles was discovered this morning colouring in a Love Santa colouring sheets! She has done some beautiful shading so far, with just part of the S in Santa to go before finishing off Santa’s face.

Probably just as well Baby Elf is in her high chair rather than in reach of those pens…

I wonder if Tinkles was colouring in to relax and be mindful or if she was a bit tired and just happy to sit quietly after her trip with Australia Post yesterday.

 

Love Santa offers Christmas activities and crafts to download for free

 

A different way to arrive!

This morning, the kids looked unsuccessfully for Tinkles but finally found a note near Baby Elf in her cradle beside the Christmas tree…

 

Baby elf in cradle beside a Christmas tree with a note from Tinkles

The note told the children that if all went well, Tinkles may be somewhere unusual this morning as she was trying a different mode of travel today.

Tinkles' note "I'm heading off to teh North Pole now. I'm trying a different way to get back in the morning (I hope it works!) so I may be somewhere unexpected when you get up..."

The note from Tinkles was “I’m heading off to the North Pole now. I’m trying a different way to get back in the morning (I hope it works!) so I may be somewhere unexpected when you get up…”

Puzzled, the kids ate their breakfast and wondered where Tinkles could possibly be.  They realised Tinkles didn’t come via the chimney or Christmas tree, and suddenly thought more mundane and raced each other the the letterbox!

CHristmas elf hanging out of a letterbox

Poor Tinkles appeared to have got stuck in the flap of the letterbox, or maybe she didn’t like the idea of falling down into the letterbox?

 

Tinkles has a baby elf!

We have a baby elf in the house!

Baby Christmas elf in a cradle with a bottle and dummy

The children looked around the house for Tinkles this morning, then found her in front of her door. Only, this time Tinkles was not alone! Inside a cradle beside the Christmas tree, we spotted a baby elf!

She is very cute and even has a milk bottle and dummy in the cradle with her 🙂

My daughter absolutely loves babies so she is beside herself with excitement to find there is now a baby elf in our house (I have to clarify that it is a baby elf as we already have a number of her babies living with us!) She is also happy to find the baby elf on the day she transitions to a new school – I suspect Tinkles chose today to give her a confidence boost so thank you Tinkles 🙂

 

Pin the carrot…

Tinkles had found a new friend and they like playing together!

This morning we found a chopping board leaning against the couch to enable Tinkles and her new friend, Tooth Elf (this elf lives with us all the time and holds onto any fallen out teeth until the tooth fairy collects them, usually leaving a financial token in the elf’s pouch in appreciation!) to play pin the carrot nose on the snowman!

Christmas elf and tooth elf playing pin the nose on the snowman

I am feeling a bit inspired to set up some sort of pin the … games for this afternoon. We have done many variants of this game to suit birthday party themes, etc, and we’ve even done a snowman before (it was Olaf for a Frozen party). I think I will need a slightly bigger blindfold for the kids though – the ribbon suits Tinkles but the kids’ heads a little bigger!

Christmas elf playing pin the nose on the snowman

What would you call Tinkles’ game though – pin the carrot on the snowman or pin the nose on the snowman?

Building a Lego train set

You may have picked up that we are a Lego family – my son in particular loves Lego, but two of his sisters have also been keen Lego builders, and as a family we’ve enjoyed a number of Lego advent calendars. And now it turn out that our elf Tinkles is also happy to build Lego!

To their surprise, the kids found Tinkles this afternoon in the lounge room, having set herself up nicely with a red cloth (easier to spot Lego pieces there than on the carpet!) and an unopened Lego Christmas train set.

Tinkles the elf with a Lego train set box

My son is bursting to open the box himself and make it, but Tinkles can’t be touched of course so I have told him we must wait and see what Tinkles has in store for us.

Can an elf earn scouting badges?

Tinkles had popped herself on the couch this morning reading my children’s cub and scout record books!

Tinkles sitting with a cub and a scout badge book

She had the books open at pages my children are working on – I thought maybe she was just checking up on their progress, but the kids thought that maybe she is trying to achieve the badges as well!

What do you think – was she checking up on the kids, or competing with them?

Inviting an elf to stay in an elf house!

Tomorrow is the first of December, which, amongst other things, means that a lot of elves will be popping up around the world.

I know my children are hopeful Tinkles will be back to stay with us, and are already wondering where they will find her in the morning.

Inviting Alfo the Elf

In honour of all those children hoping and waiting for the elves to arrive, I wanted to share a story I came across during the week.

Steph and family had Alfo the Elf stay with them last Christmas, so Steph’s son very politely wrote him a letter earlier this month to invite Alfo to come and stay again this year. That in itself is lovely and I applaud Steph and her son for writing to Alfo!

Alfo the Elf in front of his caravan

Alfo the Elf – he could be Tinkles’s twin as they look so alike!

But Alfo is also very polite and he replied in his own letter. Alfo said he would love to come back and stay with the family, and asked if they could build him a house so he has somewhere safe to stay.

I just love this idea, and love the elf house that Steph’s son* came up with:

elf house and Christmas tree

I’m sure Alfo will be very impressed with his new house! Merry Christmas to Alfo, Steph and family 🙂

 

* With a little help from Mummy…

Tinkles the Elf tries riding a bike

Good plan to get some more exercise Tinkles, but I think this bike is a little too big for you! But it has inspired us to go for a bike ride today so thanks Tinkles.

Tinkles the elf sitting on a full size bike

An elf popping out of a kitchen drawer!

Peaking out of the kitchen drawers this morning – I think Tinkles knows finding her was pretty tough twice this week (in the laundry and with the elephant tea set) so she made it easy today!

Not sure how exciting it would have been inside a drawer of plates and bowls though, not if Santa needs reports about our kitchen drawers 🙂

Tinkles the Elf peaking out of a white kitchen drawer

Tinkles the Elf finds some elephants

This must be the week of hiding well as it again took us a while to find Tinkles the Elf today, although we did manage it before leaving for school unlike when she hid in the washing machine!

In the lounge room there is a glass fronted cabinet with glass shelves. It was on one of those shelves, interacting with an elephant tea set, that we found Tinkles. Luckily there is little tinsel around that cabinet so it was easier to spot her red and green outfit!

Christmas elf sitting beside some cute ceramic elephants

Even elves need to work out!

There was great amusement and happiness this morning when we discovered Tinkles sitting on the kitchen bench lifting weight!

Sure, the weights were marshmallows, but that is more significant when you are as small as Tinkles!

Christmas elf lifting marshmallows on a stick as weights

Whilst Tinkles may feel marshmallows are heavy enough to lift, my son thinks they are tasty enough to eat…

Boy trying ot eat elf's marshmallow weights

Tinkles the Elf hides in the laundry

Tinkles was well hidden today – I ended up finding her long after the kids had gone to school as she was sitting in the door of the washing machine! Not sure if she thinks she needs a clean or she just thought it was a funny spot to hide – lucky I spotted her before I put on a load of washing as it may have been a bit dangerous for an elf…

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