Voice Notes - How To: Make Elf On The Shelf Accessible for Blind or Low-Vision Children

The Elf On The Shelf has become a popular holiday tradition in many households, bringing joy and excitement to children as they anticipate the magical adventures of their elf. However, for blind or low-vision children, this tradition may not be as inclusive. In order to make this tradition more accessible, enhance the experience using our Mini-Me Recorder and amplify the magic through the sense of sound. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to add sound to your child's elf and even include a letter from Santa that explains why their Elf can be hugged in order to share a special message.
About Mini-Me
This device allows you to add multiple messages, up to 60-seconds of audio to gifts, crafts and toys — or anything else you want to bring to life with sound. Press it, hug it, squeeze it. Now your elf can speak and sing!
Recording sounds or songs with Mini-Me
  1. Switch the device to the ‘REC’ position.
  2. Hold the device close to your mouth or a speaker and press and hold the record button.
  3. Record up to 60-seconds of audio, when you are done release the record button.
  4. Switch the device to the ‘PLAY’ position.
  5. Review the recorded sound or song to ensure it meets your expectations.
  6. When you’re happy with your recording, get ready to add to your kid’s Elf On The Shelf!
How to sew into your child's elf
  1. Identify an appropriate location on the elf where the sound can be easily accessed but hidden. We suggest the center of the elf so your message will play when the elf receives a loving hug from your child.
  2. Gently cut or seam rip an opening that’s large enough for the device to fit through.
  3. Insert the Mini-Me with the speaker facing outward and hand sew the opening/seam closed.
A message from Santa
While it’s a common part of the tradition to not touch the elf (so it won’t lose its magic) a letter from Santa himself will let your child know for certain that their elf is extra special. Use the draft below and personalize with specific details to make it even more thrilling when you read them this special note.
"Dear [Child's Name],
I hope this letter finds you filled with the joy and magic of the holiday season! As you know, my elves are very special, and they bring happiness wherever they go. But your Elf on the Shelf is even more extraordinary. You see, your elf has a special gift that allows them to communicate with you through sound. I know how much you love to listen to stories and songs, and this special elf wants to be a part of that experience. By pressing gently on your elf's heart or giving them a hug, you will hear a sound that carries a special message just for you. While some say that touching their elf removes its magic, I believe that everyone should be able to experience the joy of the holidays, regardless of how they perceive the world. So, my dear [Child's Name], I want you to know that you can use all your senses to embrace the Elf on the Shelf tradition. Remember, this Elf on the Shelf loves you, understands you, and is here to bring happiness. They can't wait to share the magic of this season with you!
With love and snowflakes,
Santa Claus"
The Elf On The Shelf tradition can be made more accessible for blind or low-vision children by incorporating sound. By using VoiceGift's Mini-Me Recorder and sewing it into the Elf, children can experience the magic of their Elf through their sense of hearing. Including a letter from Santa further reinforces the idea that this Elf is just as special and magical as any other. Let's ensure that all children, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate in the joy and wonder of the holiday season.

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