Category Archives: Activities

Letters to Santa

It’s that time of year! My kids have already requested to write their letters to Santa. We like to participate in the Macy’s Santa Letter Program every year because it helps with donations to Make A Wish. National Believe Day at Macy’s is December 8th. So we have some time to prepare, but we LOVE to write beautiful letters. So I have already started to research amazing templates for my kids. Since my kids are still really young it is best to give them templates that have prompts within them. But my oldest daughter loves to write her letter alone. So when I search for templates I try to find lots of different choices for them.

Templates for small kids usually have prompts attached to them. I enjoy these because it allows my toddlers and young school age kids to participate even if they do not have the skills to write or draft a letter alone. Some great options are below. Thank you to TotSchooling, and DolledupDesign.

I also like to do a more decorative one that my older kids can draft themselves. Thank you to KateSmith Designs, and Esonrisa of the great templates.

He’s Back: Elf on the Shelf

Do you participate in Elf on the Shelf? Since my kids are young and we all love fantasy and make-believe we decided to try it last year. We thought it might be fun for the kids. Turns out, it wasn’t;t just fun for the kids. We loved finding new fun and exciting ways to present and leave the elf each night. We even included a small written bible verse that had to do with the Christmas season. That way our kids were still learning about the reason for the season, but they also got to participate in the part that is magical, and that allows for kids to just be kids.

This year we are very excited to start again. We start on thanksgiving night. Once the kids are tucked in and sound asleep we find a new and adventurous activity for our little elf, named Jedi. This year we decided to start the visits off with a little fun. We started with a little banquet and had the elf bring the kids some Christmas pajamas and Christmas slippers.

We want to extend an invite to all of you that participate in the Elf on the Shelf to share some of your ideas here. That way we can help each other out with ways to impress and awe our kiddos with the magic of Christmas all season long. Please feel free to upload photos in the comments!

Thanksgiving Table: Kids Table

One of my favorite parts of hosting the holidays is getting to do something fun for the kids. As a child I remember the kids table sometimes felt like we were being banished. We were way off in the corner, I was the oldest of all of the kids, and I felt that I was being punished being stuck at a small table with no one to talk to ( I was 10 years older than the youngest, and 5 years older than the other oldest). I was the de-facto babysitter of the kids table. Sent to the table to make sure the younger kids didn’t spill their juice, and the older kids didn’t play with their food. I wanted to be at the real table with my older brothers in all of their teenage glory. I wanted to hear the real conversations and drink from a crystal glass like everyone else over the age of 12. Instead I was isolated in toddler town.

Today I think back on those days and try to remember the boredom. Especially when I am preparing my own kids table. Even though my kids are all under the age of 7 I know that they will want to feel special. So when I set their table I buy them special plastic glasses that won’t break but LOOK like the fancy crystal goblets at the big table. The youngest kids even have lids and straws for theirs. I set the table with fun colors and items that will entertain.

This year I found these sweet little DIY pilgrim hat crayon holders. Since I give each kid a placemat to doodle on this was the perfect thing to add to my table. Thank you to Kristyn at LilLuna for the incredibly cute and simple tutorial. The hats are so cute I even decided to give each adult at the table one as well. I included a placemat of paper so that we can all doodle. I have even decided to have a little contest. We each have to draw what we are thankful for this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what everyone creates.

Here at The Boy’s Store we want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. And may all of you have a year to be thankful for.