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The Kindness Elves excitement is brewing

Kindness Elves day 1 - help decorate the treeWith December fast approaching excitement is brewing for our 3rd annual visit from the Kindness Elves. They arrive on the 13th December and stay until Christmas Eve and each morning they suggest a small act of kindness to help bring some Christmas cheer to those around us.  Last year we were so busy having fun with the kindness elves we didn’t get round to sharing our adventures in a blog post.  So here are a few highlights for you which included taking some toys and books to the Children’s Hospital and making cards and biscuits for people:
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One suggestion from the Kindness Elves was to ”thank the lunch ladies at school for doing a great job”.  After school our conversation went something like this
E – ”I did say Thank you for making dinner for us every day to one lady”.
Me – ”What did she say?”
E – ”She didn’t say anything, she didn’t hear me”.
Me – ”Oh well, it was lovely that you said thank you and perhaps another kid will have heard you and it will inspire them to say thanks”

(”Make a Christmas card for the postman”, ”read a story to someone”, ”Make some biscuits to give to a friend)


Another suggestion was simply ”Give someone a lovely compliment today”.  E thought for a minute then said ‘‘Daddy your shoes are so cool.  Mummy you do lots of nice things.   I will have a think about who has nice hair…”.

Our favourite activity was ”leave some coins by a fountain with a note that says ”make a wish”. We went to Gloucester Cathedral and left some coppers in an eggbox and sat on a bench nearby to see what happened.  E was thrilled to see children run up to the box, read the message and throw a coin into the water. This is definitely an activity we’ll repeat this year (while trying to stop L from diving into the water!)
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The Kindness Elves were created by parent blogger Anna at The Imagination Tree.  Many families have now adopted this lovely tradition and share their kindness activities inspiration on-line (search #thekindnesselves on Instagram for a flurry of ideas).  We bought our kindness elves from The Imagination Tree shop, complete with a little house box and it’s been the best investment.  I can’t wait for their visit this year and remain hopeful that a 1.5 year old trying to get in on the action will enhance the experience for E.
(hmmm, note to self – plan a few solo activities for E minus baby brother).
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November 28, 2017 at 11:25 am 1 comment

Days 10 – 13 with the Kindness Elves

A belated round up of our last few days with the Kindness Elves
Day 9 task 4B
13-1-2016 - Kindness Elves giving away toys 4B
Day 11 task 4B
Day 12 task 4B
Collage Day 12 cat food 4B
Day 13 task 4B
Day 10 – surplus toy cars donated to local playgroup, Scout dog and stories sold for piggy bank pounds (saving for yet more lego!)
Day 11 – woops, no photo of the postman’s card
Day 12 – donating cat food at Morrisons for New Start Cat Rescue
Day 13 – an ongoing part of the festive season!

January 25, 2016 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

Days 6 – 9 with the Kindness Elves

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Day 6 - picture frame cropped 4B
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18-12-15 - Day 7 bird feeders 4B
Day 7 bird feeder 4B
Day 8 and Day 9 tasks 4B
Day 8 - pennies 4B
Collage - bin men card 4B
Day 6 – intended to make these yarn wrap leaves but E’s daily card making turned into gift making for Nana and Grandad.
Day 7 – bird feeders; first attempt using coconut oil and gelatine flopped (too crumbly) but second attempt using lard in a yogurt pot succeeded.
Day 8 – piggy bank pennies for Guide Dogs for the blind
Day 9 – card for the binmen (we missed them on the last collection day so our card will become a New Year thank you)

December 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm 2 comments

Days 3 – 5 with the Kindness Elves

14-12-15 - Day 3 read a story 4B


15-12-15 - Day 4 phone someone 4B
Day 4 - phoning Papa G 4B
Nativity 2015_23 chocolate lolly! 4B
16-12-15 - Day 5 4B
16-12-15 - Day 5 biscuits in box 4B
16-12-15 - Day 5 biscuit making with Iri 4B
Day 3
– reading Mr Tickle to Whatsapp to friends and family
Day 4 – Angel Gabriel in the playgroup nativity with a chocolate lolly after
Day 5 – making cookies for friends with a friend

December 20, 2015 at 8:23 pm 1 comment

Day 2 with the Kindness Elves

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”I love making Christmas cards so much” declared E yesterday so I knew today’s suggestion from the Kindness Elves was going to be warmly received. E loves to sit at the kitchen table drawing and sticking and writing which is so lovely to silently observe.
13-12-15 - Es card for Iridium 4B
13-12-15 - E making a card for Iridium 4B
E’s always been curious about letters and numbers and as soon as he could ask questions he’d point to road signs or lettering on grates and ask what it said. One of his favourite games is to call out a word, ask how it’s spelt and then write it down. It’s heart warming to be able to encourage his love of learning so simply through sincere communication and connection with him. Today he asked G to write out the alphabet so he could practice his letters. Such delight on his face when he realised he was writing S backwards and then wrote it the right way with no assitance but his own careful observation and determination.
13-12-15 - E writing close up 4B
13-12-15 - E writing 4B

December 13, 2015 at 9:26 pm 1 comment

a visit from the kindness elves

Kindness ElvesE was greeted by these lovely little fellas when he woke up this morning. He’d received a Christmas Card from the Kindness Elves yesterday heralding their imminent arrival and was thrilled to find them waiting in their little house for him this morning. The Kindness Elves have come to share the magic of Christmas and to see if E is as kind and helpful as they’ve heard. Each day they’ll be waiting in a new place in the house with a suggestion for an act of kindness E can help them to carry out.
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12-12-15 - E with kindness elves close up 4B
A rather lovely result from Day 1’s kind deed (which you’ll have to wait until morning to see as my camera just loves the sparkly lights on the Christmas tree too much!).12-12-15 - christmas tree lights 4B
Anna at The Imagination Tree came up with the idea of the Kindness Elves a few years ago and made them available to buy for the first time this year and has all sorts of kind deeds suggestions to help you on your way. You could use any doll or cuddly you already have at home to spread some festive love and magic.
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©  Kindness Elves house and suggestions from The Imagination Tree website

December 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm 2 comments


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