15 Ideas for the Elf on the Shelf

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau on November 14, 2012

in Arts and Culture

Elf on the Shelf BookNeed some new ideas for the Elf on the Shelf?  The time of year is quickly approaching when the Elf on the Shelf returns from the North Pole to be Santa’s little eyes during the holiday season!  In our house, while we are packing the kids in the car for the Thanksgiving weekend at the grandparents, the Elf on the Shelf appears to wait longingly for our return at the end of the weekend.

The Elf on the Shelf is now widely available in most large chain stores and many local bookstores carry them as well.  The Elf on the Shelf consists of a simple 12 inch elf accompanied by a hardcover book telling children the story of why the Elf is visiting with the from the North Pole.  There’s even a special certificate where kids can name their Elf.  Our Elf is called Clifford because we were REALLY into Clifford the Big Red Dog the year the Elf first visited!

Each night the Elf magically flies to the North Pole to give Santa a report on whether your little cherub has been bad or good.  The next morning, the Elf always finds himself in a new spot around your house.  With a little planning you can have a whole season’s worth of ideas to keep your little ones anxiously awaiting for the Elf’s daily return.

Here are some ideas for the Elf on the Shelf to keep this fun family tradition interesting.

  1. Elf got into the cookie jar (spread cookie crumbs around counter and guilty looking elf)
  2. Toilet paper fight – between the elf and your bathroom
  3. Barbie and Elf play date Ideas for the Elf on the Shelf
  4. Elf on the toilet seat
  5. Color drawings of Elf and your kids…. from the Elf
  6. Trapeze artist Elf on the chandelier
  7. Forgot to move the Elf (S$*!) – make up a story about the comfort of last night’s spot (and quickly)
  8. Elf with mom’s favorite coffee mug
  9. Have the Elf take pictures of him/herself with your cell
  10. Elf dressing up in doll clothes
  11. Have the Elf bring your child stickers or small books of their favorite hobbies, characters or stories.
  12. Crafty Elf – leave glitter, paper shreds and scissors with the Elf in your child’s craft area
  13. Elf who brings miniature size (Elf size) treats (whoopee pies made with Keebler mini cookies and icing)
  14. Hanging upside down in the fridge Elf
  15. My favorite – make it personal.  Last year my daughter was in love with all things related to the Nutcracker ballet.  I saw that a local ballet company was selling a package of about a dozen different cardboard character ornaments from the classic story.  Every couple of nights the Elf brought another ornament until she had the compete collection.  She loved it!

Elf on a shelf

Got a creative idea for the Elf on the Shelf?  Leave a comment and let us know!

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| Adrienne lives outside of Albany, NY with her archaeologist husband, creative school age daughter and a very active toddler. When not dreaming about where to take her family next she works as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for New York State. Combining an insatiable appetite for breaking out of routine and discovering new destinations with her family while working full time keeps the balancing act interesting. Writing as become her creative outlet. Email: AdrienneVegliaMazeau@AlbanyKid.com, Twitter: @AdrienneVMazeau

Karon November 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Our elf started coming this year, so it’s great to have so many great ideas on what he can do. Thanks for sharing!
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Adrienne Veglia Mazeau November 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Thanks – glad you enjoyed them! We started the Elf as well and already had a morning where the Elf forgot to relocate around the house!

Dan Mazeau December 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Another one Adrienne suggested the other night – kids came out in the morning to see the Elf taking a marshmallow bath. One elf + daughter’s doll bath + bag of marshmallows + bath toys. She got a kick out of it, though I meant (at some point when she wasn’t around or looking) to wrap him in a wash cloth like he was drying off after a nice bath.

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