The Elf on the Shelf is a growing tradition, and while I love the fun of parents putting him in precarious positions and keeping traditions, I am not sold on the way he gets kids to be good. Then I ran into this blog about an alternative last year, the Kindness Elves. Such a great idea!
Fast forward 11 months: my daughter brings home the Scholastic Book catalog and they were selling this book with the doll you see in the picture. So on November 30, we read the book and on December first, Oliver (the Littlest Elf) showed up with a note asking my daughter to "help" him make ornaments for Grandma and Grandpa.
Side Note: you can find the recipe for "better than salt dough" ornaments here. The lady made the dough, baked the ornaments and painted them with her kids all in one day.
We made the dough and played with it on Monday, Baked the ornaments today and Oliver will ask my daughter to "help" paint them tomorrow. :)
Another great idea I've seen is "Random Acts of Christmas Kindness" (You've been RACK'ed), but I didn't like the sound of rack'ing people even though the outcome was great. So when I saw this blog about another type of kindness elf with a printable, I decided I had to create my own printable for Oliver, the Littlest Elf (by Brandi Dougherty).