How The Packs Work
How the Helper Elf Pack works …
Our Helper Elf Packs are available to use all year round (although you may want to use our Christmas Pack during December for some more focused festive fun!). They feature the same North Pole elves from our Christmas Pack, but they are asking some lucky grown-ups to become Helper Elves. You see, they are just so busy designing new toys and can’t possibly find the time to keep watch over the boys and girls everyday. It is however very important that they are kind, thoughtful and well behaved all year, not just at Christmas or their birthdays. That’s why they need your help to send updates back to the North Pole. Here’s how it works …
A very exciting postcard arrives from the elves at the North Pole, explaining to the children that someone very close to them has been given the special assignment of becoming a Helper Elf. The grown-up will be given the important job of deciding what colour behaviour card to give each day and then report back to the elves at the North Pole. (Please note: if you have the little behaviour cards from your Christmas pack, you can use them with the Helper Elf pack. If you don’t have them, they are available to add to your pack for a small additional charge. Behaviour cards are personalised with ONE child’s name, so if you are using the pack between multiple children, make sure you add the correct number of behaviour card sets to your Starter Pack).
Along with the postcard, the elves will also leave a certificate for the Helper Elf. The Helper Elf could be the child(ren’s) Mummy, Daddy, Granny, Grandad etc. On the back it will tell them their very important and exciting responsibilities.
Challenge and Scorecard. With their postcard, the kids will also find their very first Challenge card. (You will handwrite 3 tasks for the child to work on for 7 days … these could be general behaviour tasks or maybe you want to focus on something in particular e.g. staying in their own bed all night, or eating up all their vegetables!). Each day, you (as the Helper Elf) will decide whether to award a green, yellow or red behaviour card. Get your little one to keep track of how well they are doing on their scorecard on the back of their challenge card. They can draw a big tick, colour a box in, or even place a sticker on if they have some. At the end of 7 days, you leave the card out and it will whizz back to the North Pole by magic, for the elves to look at. They will record the results in the child’s big book at the North Pole Library. You get 12 challenge / scorecards in each Starter Pack. They are not personalised, so you can split these amongst more than one child if you like. It allows one child to have 12 week long challenges, 2 children to have 6 challenges etc.
Elf Update and Reward Cards. The elves (you!) will handwrite a message for your child to read the next morning to let them know what they think of their challenge results. You as the Helper Elf get to choose a suitable reward, depending on how well they have done. This should be something small, but why not even reward them with a family day out etc?
The first challenge is complete. You decide when the next challenge should happen, then the magic starts all over again!
How the Fairy Pack works …
Our Fairy Packs can be used all year round and feature our cute little fairies Willow, Thorn, Blossom, Cooper, Leo and Amber. Their insect pals Lola, Buzz and Sid also make an appearance! They are on the look out for some special children to reward. You see, when boys and girls are kind, thoughtful or well behaved, they make magic. The fairies use this magic to fly (it’s the same magic that is stored in the giant snowglobes in the North Pole to allow Santa to make his amazing journey around the world on Christmas Eve!). The fairies will set week long challenges and if the kids do well they will leave them a reward.
An exciting card arrives from the fairies, telling the child(ren) all about their new fairy friends, and how they will be set week long behaviour challenges. The letter can be personalised with more than one child’s name.
The fairies will let the kids know how well they are doing by sending a green, yellow red card each day. The aim is to collect as many green cards as possible to earn their reward. The cards feature the cute little elves and their insect pals! Please note that behaviour cards are personalised with the name of ONE child. One set of behaviour cards (7 green, 7 yellow and 7 red cards) are included in the Starter Pack, but you can add extra sets for additional children for a small charge.
Each pack also contains 12 Challenge / Scorecards and 12 Fairy Update / Reward cards. See below for more details on how they work. These can be shared amongst multiple children if you wish. So one child can have 12 challenges, 2 children can have 6 challenges each etc. Refill packs can also be purchased separately.
Challenge and Scorecard. With their letter from the fairies, the kids will also find their very first Challenge card. (You will handwrite 3 tasks for the child to work on for 7 days … these could be general behaviour tasks or maybe you want to focus on something in particular e.g. staying in their own bed all night, or eating up all their vegetables!). Each day, the fairies will decide whether to award a green, yellow or red behaviour card. Get your little one to keep track of how well they are doing on their scorecard on the back of their challenge card. They can draw a big tick, colour a box in, or even place a sticker on if they have some. At the end of 7 days, they leave the card out for the fairies to collect and look at.
Fairy Update and Reward Cards. The fairies (you!) will handwrite a message for your child to read the next morning to let them know what they think of their challenge results. They will also choose a suitable reward, depending on how well they have done (obviously you handwrite this and supply the reward!). This should be something small, but why not even reward them with a family day out etc?
The first challenge is complete. You decide when the next challenge should happen, then the magic starts all over again!
How the Christmas Pack works …
PLEASE NOTE: The images show our 2017 pack. Our new 2018 will feature new illustrations and the packs will be available to purchase later in the year. Make sure you sign up to our Newsletter on our homepage to get news on when they are released!
Before we discuss how our magical Christmas Packs actually work, lets talk about what you get inside (yes, all this!)
There are no ‘rules’ as such on how to use the pack. You are free to take the contents and embellish the story to suit your own children. You can keep it very simple – you don’t need to put lots of planning into it! But let us explain how we think it works best:
The magic begins …
A magical little delivery arrives from the North Pole. The elves have sent an exciting letter! They are taking part in their annual Christmas Magic Mission and they need the help of some very special children! Christmas Magic makes it possible for Santa (or Father Christmas as he’s also known) and his reindeer to make their amazing journey around the world delivering presents to all the boys and girls. But how is this magic created? By spreading Christmas cheer of course! Elves, aswell as boys and girls can do this by being kind and helpful, singing lots of Christmas songs and by being well behaved. Can your little one help the elves out in their mission? They’ll get a special mention on the Nice List if they do!
There is no rule as to when you need to leave the letter for your little one to find. This may be at the end of November (with the first ‘Christmas Magic card’ arriving on 1st December – we’ll talk about these in a bit!). Or, if you have decided to use a toy elf too, they can deliver it on their arrival from the North Pole and bring along the first ‘Christmas Magic card’ at the same time.
We have 3 letters to choose from, each having a different illustration on the front. The inside of each letter is the same – telling the kids all about the Christmas Magic Mission – however the back of each has a slightly different worded letter.
Along with their letter, you will also leave the ‘Your Elf’ notice. Each boy and girl finds out which elf they will be helping create Christmas Magic with. (You choose and handwrite the elf’s name). They find out a bit about their elf – what their favourite snack is and what their special skill is.
They will also learn how best to spread Christmas cheer but will also be given a special ‘Elf Challenge’. (You complete this – it can be anything from specific challenges such as ‘Stay in your own bed all night’ to something a little more fun like ‘Tell somebody a Christmas joke every day’ to something more sentimental such as ‘Give someone a big Christmas hug every day’)
The elves also leave a Wish List for each child to complete. They can do this at any time, then leave it out one night before bed. It will magically arrive at the North Pole, and just so they know that it’s arrived safely – they will be sent a delivery receipt from the North Pole Mail Room!
During December … Christmas magic is created!
Each day, the elves will send magical little cards from the North Pole (or if you are using a toy elf, they can deliver them!). These let the boys and girls know how much magic they have helped create. Based on the traffic light system, the cards are green, yellow or red. The aim is to get a green card and the more greens the kids collect, the more magic they have helped create for the elves. In each pack, we also include a few ‘reminder’ cards which the elves may leave during the day to remind the kids about their Christmas Magic Mission (if behaviour leaves a lot to be desired!).
We know that kids love stickers, so this year we have included these in the pack. Each time your little one earns a Green Christmas Magic card, they can stick one of the little elf stickers onto their chart. This allows them to keep track of how well they are doing. If you don’t fancy the idea of stickers, why not get your little one to draw a circle around a snowflake, tick beside one, or colour in the little circle in the middle?
This next bit is entirely optional, but it sure adds a lot of excitement! Why not leave little rewards or mini targets from the elves? In our house, this is in the form of chocolate coins (Thorntons chocolate smile coins are our favs – yum yum!). The elves send these with a green card as a little ‘well done’ reward. You will find lots of other ideas in our ‘Fun stuff’ page – make sure you check it out!
Postcards and updates from the elves
In your pack, you will find 4 postcards. You can use these during December to leave handwritten notes from the elves. Perfect to add lovely personal details to make it even more magical. Why not encourage your little one to leave letters for the elves and use the postcards to write back!
The elves can also send their Christmas Update Report at any time during December. This lets the little ones know that Christmas Magic levels are increasing and the elves thank them for their hard work so far. It also allows their elf to write brief comments on how well they are doing at their Christmas Challenge.
23rd December – Christmas Eve Eve!
On 23rd December, the kids will get their final Christmas Magic card. Before they go to bed, remember to leave out their completed sticker chart for the elves to collect. You will notice that there is an ‘Elf Use Only’ section on the back of the chart. Their assigned elf will complete this ‘Magic Review’ to see how much Christmas Magic their boy or girl helped create during December. You will also be able to complete a short personal comment from the elf too.
On Christmas Eve, your little one will find a ‘Thank You’ postcard from the elves, thanking them for their amazing help – their Christmas Magic Mission was a success! There’s now enough Christmas Magic for the big man in red to make his long journey around the world delivering presents. Along with this, they get a special Nice List Certificate. In our house, we leave these items in a Christmas Eve box including new PJs, a Christmas movie, and some goodies to enjoy that night! More information on this can be found in our ‘Fun Stuff’ page.
Doesn’t this all sound like great fun? It’s a wonderful way to add even more excitement and magic during December, as well as promoting good behaviour, kindness and the spreading of Christmas cheer!
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This year we have 3 packs to choose from : Present, Snowman and Carol Singers. Each is suitable for any child, regardless of whether they have experienced the tradition before or if this will be their first year. The only difference between the packs is the letter from the elves – each featuring a different illustration on the front and a slightly different worded message from the elves on the back. The inside spread is the same on all letters – explaining the Christmas Magic Mission. If you have more than one child, you can decide whether to order a different design for each or to keep them the same. It’s completely up to you!
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