I know some people hate this elf. It's extra work on the parent's part, even though he/she is supposed to watch for good or bad behavior - kid's behavior doesn't change for the elf, and other random reasons.
I'll tell you why I like her:
- She encouraged Isaak to read and write last year. Isaak would write our Elf Brita, and Brita would write him back. If you remember Isaak's never been much of a reader, so I'll take anything that gets him to read and write.
- She encourages creative thinking.
- The boy's other toys get played with. I use Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle(s) as Brita's side kicks.
They were zip lining across our kitchen.
- Brita sometimes gets Isaak up in the mornings. At times he jumps out of bed to go find her.
Floating in a boat.
- She puts a smile on both boy's faces.
She was hanging with Michelangelo up until this point. Leonardo took Michelangelo's spot. He kissed her.
Poor Michelangelo was throwing a jealous fit.
- She gets rid of things that Mom and Dad want gone, but Isaak want's to keep.
Isaak has been getting stickers from school for "good behavior". He leaves these stickers laying everywhere. Michelangelo decided to stick them on Brita. Isaak wasn't too happy about this one.
Pinterest has a lot of ideas. If you find that you're not super creative there's a lot of ideas online.
We have had a few elf hiccups.
Isaak thought the elf was supposed to bring him presents. I said, "Nope, possibly sometimes (like the Kisses), but it's Santa's job is to bring the presents. Brita is just here to watch you, and do funny things." If he doesn't expect presents, than it will be all the more special when she does bring things.
Isaak thought it would be fun to hide the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to see if they really would take part in Brita's antics. It's his own way of testing his faith in her I suppose. I've had trouble finding them twice.