This year’s Elf on Shelf usually returns this week, with many returning on Saturday, Dec. 1.
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!"
This Elf on the Shelf does yoga. How about you? CONTRIBUTED BY CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA
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.
Elves and mensches enjoy healthy snacks. Your elf has taken a dive into a healthier snack, such as a bowl of popcorn! Next time you're watching a family movie, remind kids that you're replacing that box of candy with something more nutritious.
Elves and mensches like to lift weights. Everyone knows elves are champions of strength. How else would they be able to carry around so many presents?! Santa makes sure his elves stay strong, so he gives them straws to use to drink plenty of water and milk. Inspire your child to do the same!
Elves and mensches love to race. Your elf wants to sack race! He supplies big paper sacks so your kid's other toys can race. Let kids decorate their sacks, then race them to the finish line. Next, it's your kid's turn to race!
Elves and mensches love to get outside. Whether riding bikes, jumping rope or walking the dog, elves and mensches enjoy being active outside. Hook the elf's hand to Fido's leash and write an "Elf-Gram" asking kids to take the dog for a walk because it's good for him — and them!
The Elf on the Shelf makes a snow angel in oatmeal. CONTRIBUTED BY CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA
Elves and mensches love oatmeal. To prove it, yours can pour some oatmeal on the kitchen counter and make a snow angel.
Elves and mensches can share recipes. Your elf may want to show kids what he or she likes to eat at the North Pole. Maybe the elf conveniently leaves a recipe for "Santa's Favorite PB&Banana Wraps" on the kitchen counter.
Elves and mensches love physical challenges. Have you heard about the elf that left an Elf-Gram that reads, "I did five pushups last night. How many can you do?"