It’s that time of year when the Elf on the Shelf and the Mensch on a Bench, the magical elf’s Hanukkah counterpart, return. Leading up to Christmas, the elf heads back to the North Pole to tell Santa Claus about the adventures of the day. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life has put together a list of all sorts of ways the elf and mensch can encourage healthy habits. Here are nine ideas for fun and healthy adventures to get you (I mean the elf or mensch) started:
Elves and mensches love fruits and vegetables. Your elf or mensch can strike a pose on the kitchen counter surrounded by colorful raw veggies. Maybe the elf uses an erase marker to write a message on a nearby window or mirror: “Santa loves his fruits and veggies!”
Elves and mensches love yoga. Your elf or mensch might say “namaste” with a nice, big morning stretch and yoga pose. Get sluggish kids going by having them do “child’s pose” each day before school.