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Elf points

Busy making magnetic felt Elf points. I’m not using a pattern. I’m doing it freehand. Wherever the needle and thread take me.

This is an experiment. Simple idea. Each child can earn Elf points during December, in the same way stickers are handed out for good behaviour or a kind act. Once they reach twenty Elf points then they can choose a chocolate from the Christmas tin.

The twist is that it works best if they work together. When an Elf point is awarded then it goes into the same pot, regardless of who won it. It is in their interest to encourage their siblings to excel in good actions and behaviour. The faster they earn the points, the sooner all three of them can reap the benefit. They are not in competition with each other, as no one loses.

I’ll be interested to see if there will be any strategic tactics. Always happy to see good behaviour, but really hoping to see some team playing. They love playing  Haba’s “Orchard” game, so the concept of cooperating towards a common goal in already understood, even by TF at the delicate age of 3.

It always makes me smile when they introduce a friend to the Orchard game. Inevitably the friend wants to be the only winner and, at first, misses the point of the game.

This should be fun. We are doing it now as I’d love them to be focusing on good will and not “what am I getting for Christmas”.  In all fairness, they are yet to supply me with a lengthy wish list. Ever.

Three elf points have already been handed out. My darling husband, reckons we’ll have a whole tin of chocolates left by the end of December. We’ll see. It is, after all, an experiment.

{Making notes: The elf point is made of two felt circles, blanket stitched together. The front circle is embroidered. I used my hot glue gun to stick a small magnet to the centre of the back circle. The magnet is hidden between the two circles of felt. I still need to make nine more Elf points!}

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