Pass on secret codes that only you and your fellow spy detectives can decipher. This Super Secret Decoder Wheel is SO secret that... We’d tell you more but, it’s a secret! :) A great way to build analytical skills.
Kids 5 and under love to get creative with different painting techniques. Painting with sponges is a simple and fun way to explore basic shapes to paint and cut out.
Looking for a fun craft idea to keep the kiddos busy this holiday season while on holiday recess? This cute little sock snowman might be exactly what you need! Other than being an adorable decoration, it’s also a cool way make use of old socks.
It's the most wonderful time of the year but it wouldn't be complete without Santa in his sleigh.
This adorable Santa Paper Plate Mask craft is a great craft for your child using things you most likely have around your home.
As kids around the world are getting ready to go back to school, the elves at the North Pole are gearing up for their favorite time of year: Toy Making Season! While toy making does happen all year round in the workshop, September is the time the elves start to finalize what the good girls and the boys of the world will be gifted. And much of their time is spent doing inventory. It is vital to know if they have enough toys to make everyone’s holiday dreams come true. But it isn’t all work and no play (although for the elves work is play!). They take time to celebrate some holidays in September too.
American Labor Day
In the 1800s, most Americans worked 12-hour days! And children as young as 5-6 often had to work too. Families were desperate to put food on their tables and factories were desperate to increase productivity. Workers started to fight for better working conditions.To be better heard, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City on September 5, 1882. This is recognized as the first Labor Day Parade! It became custom, and in 1894 a law, that an annual labor day would give the American workforce a day off of work to recognize their contributions to our society. Many folks choose to celebrate the day with BBQ picnics and family. The elves wholeheartedly believe that a day of rest and relaxation helps them do their jobs more effectively. So they also recognize Labor Day, which is usually the first Monday of September, as a day of rest before they go into high gear at preparing for Christmas!
International Talk like a Pirate Day
Ahoy, me hearties! Created as a joke in 1995, two friends have taken the world by its peg leg and made everyone want to talk like pirates.
The elves love mischief, so they embraced this holiday as soon as they heard about it. It took the rest of the world a decade to catch up. The friends that created the day sent a letter to Dave Barry, a nationally syndicated columnist, in 2005. Dave Barry exclaimed “Shiver me timbers!” What a grand idea!” Actually, we’re not sure what he said, we only know he promoted the idea using his column and it caught on. The elves are always up for some fun. So when September 19 arrives it sounds like this in the workshop: Bernard Elf: Avast me hearties! Better get to makin’ the bounty for the good lads and lassies, exception’ those that be hangin’ the jib. Translation: Hello friends! We should be making toys and gifts for the good boys and girls unless they are pouting. At night they watch pirate movies like Hook, Peter Pan or Muppet Treasure Island.
Things are really heating up in the North Pole now! In June, the elves enjoy temperatures that can reach up to 38° F!
Welcome to May in the North Pole. The elves are excited because there is usually a big temperature jump in May.
April showers, bring May flowers… But in the North Pole April brings a lot of fun and festive times for the elves. With holidays that celebrate their love of fun and faith, April has it all.
Right now our favorite elves are decorating for St. Patrick’s Day at the North Pole while also starting their spring cleaning and planting. They are dreaming about shamrocks and the sun!