Here’s what Rainbow was up to during her second week at our house:
Last Saturday, December 1st, Rainbow arrived back from her nightly visit to the North Pole with a couple Christmas advent activities for Lauren. They included a traditional chocolate advent calendar and a fun Santa beard advent activity. Because Rainbow landed on the stack of wrapped Christmas books from this year’s book advent (seen here), Lauren thinks the books are all presents from Rainbow as well. (I’m okay letting Rainbow take the credit, really.)
I downloaded this adorable Santa Beard Advent calendar can be from Inviting Printables. I printed onto 150g Brochure paper (but any paper would work) and glued the printout onto a piece of red cardstock for extra stability (always good with two-year-old). Then I added some plaid ribbon for hanging. Lauren LOVES gluing a “puffy thing” on each day!
On Sunday morning, Lauren was delighted to find Rainbow reading Christmas stories to some of her stuffed friends.
It took us a little while to find Rainbow on Monday morning. I guess she was in a crafty mood and decided to “decorate” our milk like a Christmas tree. Lucky, for Lauren she brought along some special Christmas cookies to go with that green milk!
Rainbow was still in a crafty mood on Tuesday. She made treat bags with white cheddar “Snowballs” for Lauren to share with all her friends at a special Elf on the Shelf playdate we were attending that day (read more below).
The printable tags Rainbow used were downloaded from AndersRuff. (EVERYTHING these talented ladies create is absolutely adorable, so be sure to check out their site.) Who knew elves were computer savvy and crafty? You can download you’re own free printable tags here!
With three other trees throughout the house, Rainbow decided Lauren needed a tree of her very own. Wednesday, she set up a tiny four-foot-tall tree in Lauren’s playroom. She added colored lights and left ornaments waiting for Lauren to decorate it with. Lauren was SO excited! Here’s how the tree looked when she finished:
All of the ornaments are kid-safe, and Lauren LOVES un-deocrating and re-decorating the tree each day!
Rainbow knew how late Lauren was up the night before, so she started making Mommy a latte as soon as she flew back from the North Pole on Thursday morning. We’re lucky to have such a considerate little elf barista.
This morning, Friday, Rainbow decided to land in our living room tree.
She brought Lauren a little Christmas tree craft too!
Did you miss last week’s post about what Rainbow did during her first week with us? You can click here to read all about it. I can’t wait to see what Rainbow has in store for Week 3!
Want more Elf on the Shelf ideas?
Before I wrap us this week’s post, I wanted to share pictures from two fun, Christmas playdates we attended this week. (This can also serve as an explanation for why I personally didn’t post much this week. We were too busy having fun!)
Tuesday, our good friends Pam and Sarah hosted an Elf on the Shelf playdate. Such a fun idea! The kids watched the animated Elf on the Shelf movie while sipping on boxes of chocolate milk (less messy than hot cocoa).
Both moms and kids alike enjoyed munching on red and green Christmas snacks, including these sweet “North Pole” cupcakes Pam served up.
Such a fun day!
On Wednesday, our sweet friends Erin, Mary, and Rosie hosted “A Recycled Christmas” playdate. Together mommies and kids created Christmas houses from recycled containers and leftover craft supplies. Here are some of our finished works of holiday art:
Erin’s playdate idea was inspired by a post on one of my favorite blogs, Paging Supermom. You can read all about their original “Recycled Christmas Village” here. Life As A Mom also has some super-cute gingerbread house printables we used. (Click here to visit the site and download.) Thanks for a great afternoon! We love you girls!
These are great Christmas activity ideas for children of all ages. Lauren and I are lucky to have such fun and creative friends to celebrate with, and I hope they’ve inspired you to have some fun of your own.
Have a happy weekend everyone!