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Birthday Elf on the Shelf: Book & Party Printables

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It's almost summer time and the last thing on your mind is Elf on the Shelf, right? But, has your happy little elf stopped by for your child's birthday? Yes. There is a new Elf on the Shelf Birthday Tradition that many elves haven't heard about yet, and it might be coming your way.

I first heard about this new elf birthday tradition months ago, but I couldn't find any information about it online, so I wasn't sure if it was real or not. Then, today, as I was looking on Amazon for something, I saw it: Elf on the Shelf A Birthday Tradition.

What is Elf on the Shelf Birthday Book about?

On the website, it's described like this:

The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition tells the little-known story of how Santa’s finest helpers celebrate birthdays at the North Pole—and how you can invite your scout elf to share that tradition with YOU! Each kit includes special instructions for families on how to invite their scout elf for a birthday visit, and a festive birthday outfit for your scout elf to slip into before your big day!

There's more! The folks at Elf on the Shelf made it really easy for you to:

1) Sign up for a special birthday greeting and receive a special message from the North Pole on YOUR big day.

2) Invite your Elf to your birthday party by asking Santa if your scout elf can visit on your special day.

3) Make a birthday donation to Charity Water and help children around the world who need clean water.

4) Print off everything you need for your Elf on the Shelf Birthday Party. (below is a screen-shot of everything that is available on their website.)


Want to throw an Elf on the Shelf Birthday Party?

There are DIY invitation templates, birthday plates, cups, hats, cupcake wraps, thank you notes and more! It's a very unique birthday theme and it might be fun for a Christmas in July birthday too. You can access all of the printables on the Elf on the Shelf website.

What do you think?  

Was your family happy to see your elf return to the North Pole at Christmas? Or, would you like to see your elf stop by for an upcoming birthday?

      

Valentine's Day Crafts For Preschool & Kindergarten Age Kids

Looking for Valentine's Day Craft Ideas for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners? You've come to the right place! Here are 26 fun and easy Valentine crafts for kids from some of my favorite bloggers.  There is one activity for each letter of the alphabet, so hopefully you'll find something you like.

A is for Art - This Valentine Heart Chandelier decoration looks easy to make and it's very pretty too.

B is for Bag - You've probably heard about 'Sensory Bins' before, but you have to check out this  Valentine Sensory bag craft

C is for Chocolate - This home-made Chocolate Slime looks so much fun to play with!

D is for Doily - Learn how to use a pre-washed t-shirt, a doily, and some fabric paint to make an adorable t-shirt for your little girl with this DIY Valentine's shirt tutorial.

E is for Eyes - Recycle those old toilet paper rolls and make these adorable Heart Shaped Binoculars.

F is for Filter - If you want a completely unique Valentine for your kids to hand out at school, take a look at these Heart Coffee Filter Zipper Pulls. They are fun, fashionable and functional!

G is for Glitter - Grab your glitter, contact paper and construction paper to make this Glitter Window Heart Craft with your Preschooler!

H is for Holder - This Valentine Holder Craft is really easy to make, and it helps to keep all of those little cards organized.

I is for I Love You - Beth from Living Life Intentionally shares a simple idea so that everyone in the house feels loved. Read more about her 'Why I love you doors' here

J is for Mind Jar - You can make your own mind jar and then shake it up and  sit and watch the glitter swirl around!  Follow this Mind Jar Tutorial by Juggling with Kids.

K is for Krispie - As if Rice Krispie treats weren't good enough... when you put them on a stick, cover them in chocolate and add Valentine sprinkles they get even better! Continue here for Valentine Rice Krispie Pops.

L is for Love - Help your child write Kindness Love Notes and turn them into Puzzles. 

M is for Memories - Make new memories by turning your child's thumb print into a 'Thumb body loves you' Valentine by Brown Paper Packages

N is for Nature - Upcycle toilet paper rolls into adorable Valentine Butterflies - via Kaboose

O is for Oh so fun! - Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without some chocolate. Heidi's Recipes shares a Chocolate Play Dough Recipe that looks good enough to eat. Continue here for Heidi's recipe. 


P is for Pastel -  Buggy and Buddy created a gorgeous Chalk Stencil Heart Collage.  This is a great craft for preschoolers.

Q is for Questions - Turn a simple 'Twenty Questions' game into Valentine fun via Baby Center

R is for Recyle - Take some fabric scraps and create a Rag Heart Wreath.

S is for Sculpt - Use clay to make Fingerprint Heart Pendants.

U is for Unconditional Love - In the spirit of the holiday, KC Adventures shows us 6 Easy Ways to Love Your Child on Valentine's Day.  These ideas are simple, full of love and fun!

V is for Vintage - Have you ever seen the Graphics Fairy Website? I've been a fan of this site for years and it has a fantastic collection of vintage Valentine illustrations and clip art.

W for Wall -  Learn how create an entire Valentine Wall from Balancing Home. It's complete with Valentine balloon topiaries, a wreath, framed art and a pennant.

X is XOXOXO {Hugs and Kisses} - Here is a cute Hugs and Kisses Tic-Tac-Toe Game by Teach Preschool. 

Y is for Yummy - Get your kids in the kitchen and make these delicious heart shaped pastries for someone special. 

Z is for Zebra - These I'm Wild for You Valentine's by Design Mom are a nice sweet-free alternative for Valentine's treats.

Did you find what you were looking for? If you want more Valentine Crafts for Preschool and Kindergarten age children, be sure to visit my Valentine Pinterest board.

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Valentine's Day this year?  

Make a LEGO Minifigure Holiday Card

Need a quick way to say Happy Holidays? LEGO.com has got you covered. On their site, you can create a mini-figure family to spread some Christmas cheer.  It's totally FREE and you can download your custom creation and send it to as many people as you want to.

Here's my personalized card.  Merry Christmas from my LEGO family to yours!

I kept my card pretty simple, but you can make it as personalized as you want with different tops, bottoms, skin colors, facial expressions and hats.

If you want to make your own virtual card, you can add up to 13 people or pets.  They have figures for adults, kids, babies, cats and dogs. The backgrounds choices vary from tropical to traditional Christmas and frozen igloo, so there is something for everyone,

Just click on the image above to go to LEGO Minifigure family holiday web page.

Enjoy!

 

15 Angry Bird Birthday Party Ideas

If your child decides they want an Angry Bird themed birthday party don't panic! There are so many places to get inspiration and this is a great place to start.  I found 15 fantastic places to get decorating ideas, party games, and even food ideas.

An Angry Bird party can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. The links below show everything from fancy professional affairs to complete do-it-yourself, budget parties. Take a look at all of these different ideas and see what you like!

15 Angry Bird Birthday Party Ideas:

1. Happy Angry Birdsday to you! via Catch My Party

2. Pinterest Inspired Party by Kidspired Creations

3. Premium Party via the Cake Blog

4. Themed Party and Outdoor Game Ideas by Kara's Party Ideas

5. Party Food Ideas by Pink Peppermint

6. Game Inspiration by Mighty Maitz

7. Outdoor Party and Recycled Tin Game via Whole Buncha Words

8. Pig Punch by Rindy Mae

9. Red Bird Pinata by All Things Thrify

10. Pig Pinata via The Party Animal

11. Angry Pizza

12. Festive Cupcakes

13. Pom Pom Birds by Our Bower

14. DIY Stone Bird Craft by Brassy Apple

15. Free Printables by Your Life Events

What's your best tip for planning a kid's birthday party? I always let me husband plan the date, time and event, and then I cover all of the details like party favors, decorations and food. Do you have any other good tips?  Leave a comment below.