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Elf on the Shelf~Fun Ideas!


The Elf on the Shelf is a great Christmas tradition, one that the kids and parents both love!  Scroll down for ideas…or for those of you who are not familiar with the Elf on the Shelf concept, it is a small plush elf that comes with a book. Each night the elf moves to a different spot in the house, and the kids always look forward to finding him!  When the elf first arrives reading the book is a fun part of the tradition, and then the child can give the Elf a name.  After that, the ideas are up to you!  Some elves cause mischief and some are well behaved.  You can get as creative as you want! We always bring our elf back right after Thanksgiving to get us in the Christmas spirit!  Parents can introduce the elf to their children in any number of ways and the whole family can enjoy this fun holiday tradition.

So….Introducing the Elf on the Shelf!

What is a good way to introduce the Elf on the Shelf?

What is a creative way to introduce the Elf on the Shelf?

When is a good time to introduce the Elf on the Shelf? 

These might be questions you have and I would like to share a few fun ideas for the big event!

Ideas for the Introduction

1-Roll out the Red Carpet- Use a red table runner or long piece of red fabric and place the elf at one end on either a table or fireplace mantle.  This way he has made a grand entrance.

2-Wrap him and the book up and leave it on your doorstep so the kids can find him.  Have it addressed to them- From: SANTA

3-Make a breakfast or dinner party with your child to Welcome the Elf to your home or back again.  Kids can help cook a simple meal with you and honor their new guest!

4-Drive to your nearest train station, bus stop or airport and pull in.  Have the kids close their eyes and when they open them the elf will magically apppeared in the car.  You can make a fun afternoon of this by picking him up after his long  journey from the North Pole.

Once you introduce your elf, he can be calm and just move to fun spots around the house each day or he can do things around the house….maybe he might leave a special snack one morning for your child, or a special note.  He might even bring a little treat from time to time. 

Here are some mischeif ideas I found:

Make a “snow angel” in flour on your kitchen counter

Not for everyone but…A few drop of green food coloring in the toilet…(the elf needed to use the bathroom)

Some marshmallows tossed around the kitchen…a little marshmallow fun!

You can do whatever works for you family!  The ideas are endless!!  Share your family tradition with us!!  Our elf is raiding the fridge tonight…she will find him in there tomorrow morning!

If you don’t own the Elf on the Shelf it is not too late!!!  You can get one from Amazon.com or any number of local stores!

Here is a link to getting one today!!  Have fun getting ready for the holidays!!!

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole Pixie-Elf

One more fun idea is the Elf on the Shelf Activity Book for about $14

The Elf on the Shelf: Activity Book

Couture Skirt for Your Elf on the Shelf $6.99

The Claus Couture Scout Elf Skirt