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I originally wrote this Elf On The Shelf inspiration post back at the very beginning of Just The Three Of Us. I’d recently re-branded and I was so excited to share how we do Elf On The Shelf at our house. This year I won’t be doing Elf On The Shelf as we are moving house very soon. I’ve told the children that our Elf is taking a gap year!
Anyone that knows me personally will know how much I love Christmas, even more so now that I have children to share it with. I started doing Elf On The Shelf for the children 4 or so years ago. If you haven’t heard of Elf On The Shelf, then Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition (aff) is a great kit to get you started.
Each morning in December in the lead up to the big day I help our elf, Buddy, get up to mischief whilst the children are sleeping. On the 1st he brings their advent calendars and a welcome note.
Once the pleasantries are out-of-the-way, the naughtiness begins. Buddy gets up to all sorts in the lead up to Christmas Eve, when he disappears for another year. He always leaves the children a Christmas Eve Box (aff) each filled with festive goodies such as hot chocolate sachets, pyjamas (aff) and Christmas activities.
If you are new to Elf On The Shelf then this post will give you lots of ideas for what to do with your elf. Likewise, if you are an Elf On The Shelf veteran lacking inspiration, you are sure to feel inspired after reading this post. Below you’ll find several fantastic, fun and easy Elf On The Shelf scenarios. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you have an Elf idea you’d like to share, feel free to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to the list!
Do you want to build a snowman?
All you need is 2 or 3 toilet rolls and an orange and black sharpie for this one. Simply tower up your toilet roll and draw on the snowman’s features. Pop your elf inside the tube for guaranteed giggles when the children find him!
Bring the toys to life.
Our elf loves to take dolls and superheroes for a ride in one of the children’s toy cars. You could get really imaginative with this one and make a road with masking tape leading up to the Christmas tree. Underneath the children could find all sorts like their advent calendars that the cheeky elf has moved.
The great thing about those cheeky little elf’s is that they are super poseable. You can arrange them into all sorts of positions which allows you to get really creative with some elf gymnastics. We are a few days in to Elf On The Shelf 2017 and our Eric has already used the lampshade as a trapeze!
Shoe-boxes and string are great tools for setups like this.
Grab a Christmas movie and some popcorn. Position your elf with the remote control and let the children believe their elf has organised it all! This is a great one for when your feeling exhausted from all the festivities.
Spray shaving foam in a safe place and write a message to your children using your finger. Position the elf to look like he has written the message himself. I like to write things like ‘tidy your room’ – simple yet effective!
Marshmallow hot tub.
All those antics can be quite exhausting for the elves. Create a ‘hot tub’ using a bowl and marshmallows and allow your elf some time to relax.
Did you know you can purchase different outfits, accessories and props for your elf? You could treat your elf to a peppermint plane ride (aff) or a breakfast party (aff). You can even dress your elf up as a nutcracker or get him ready for bed by changing him into his PJ’s. The possibilities are endless!