Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? We have had a family elf since I was a kid. His name is Milton, and he periodically brings us little treats and prizes throughout the Christmas season (like socks, a Christmas book, a treat, etc.) You never see Milton but he always leaves a note so you know it’s him. I love Milton and his magic and seeing a special gift out of nowhere. Also, he takes our wish lists to Santa and keeps an eye on things at our house.
So, for years I had been hearing about the trendy phenomenon known as Elf on the Shelf. I went back and forth on whether to get one for a while. I loved Milton, exactly how he was. But, I knew my little ones would love to search for the Elf each morning and be able to see him. But then it seemed like so much work! Eventually, we gave in. Now, we LOVE our Elf on the Shelf!
What is Elf on the Shelf?
If you don’t know what Elf on the Shelf is all about, here’s the basic explanation: you buy an Elf on the Shelf kit that comes with an Elf and a book. The book is a fun story that explains that the Elf is visiting for the Christmas season. It outlines the rules he or she follows, and how their magic allows them to visit Santa each night. The Elf then returns to your house, usually in a new spot, in time for your kid to see them when they wake up! Elves are often found doing funny or mischievous things – which is why this has become such a fun family tradition. Kids love to go looking for the Elf each morning to see what they’ve gotten into!
Cute and Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas:
There are SO many ways to make the Elf tradition even more fun, with outfits and props. I decided to round up a bunch of Elf ideas for myself, and I thought I would share with all of you too. There are so many good ideas here!
Elf on the Shelf with Props:
- Our Elf has to wear a tacky sweater at some point during the season! It is a family tradition, after all. I think she even made her very own sweater!
- Elf on the Shelf Bingo – We love printable elf on the shelf props and our Elf, Holly loves to play Bingo! She also brought people-sized Christmas Bingo we could play as a family.
- Elf on the Shelf on a light fixture: I thought this would be a good first day since it will be fun and exciting to find him, but up out of the way so that I don’t have to distract Luke all day long! Haha.
- Elf on the Shelf makes snowflakes: Kids aren’t supposed to touch the elf, so, I love the idea of having the elf bring things the kids can play with, like some pretty snowflakes.
The Elf in her tissue box bed. Elves need to sleep too, even if it is only for a full 40 minutes.
- Funny Elf on the Shelf takes a shower. Fun and easy!
- Holly the Elf watches a movie with her gingerbread man friend! This is a fun way to say you’ll have a Christmas movie night! Maybe with some caramel popcorn or cornflake wreath treats!
- Elf on the Shelf goes ziplining: I love how this is up high and out of the way!
- The Elf tangled in the toilet paper: I know Luke will think the toilet paper thing is funny, so I like this one because there is minimal time and mess involved!
- Our Elf playing the drums, with toothpicks for drum sticks. I hear Elves are very talented musicians.
- Elf on the Shelf gets tangled up: Ah.. I already can’t wait to be doing all these! I can just hear Luke saying, “Mom, he’s stuck!”
- The Elf reads a Christmas book: We LOVE reading over here, so this one is a must.
- Funny Elf on the Shelf swings from a doorway: Fun and too high to reach! Win, win.
- Our Elf on the Shelf warns us to be good: We all know there will be a day when everybody needs a “be good” reminder.
- Elf on the Shelf makes party hats: Nora turns ONE on the 19th!! So crazy how time flies. Anyway, of course the elf has to bring something to help us celebrate her, so this free party hat printable is perfect!
- Elf has his own Christmas tree: I love trees of all shapes and sizes.
- The Piano playing Elf on the shelf: My kiddos love banging on the piano together, so this would be a real hit. It totally looks like something they would do to get up there, haha.
- Our Elf makes a Paper Airplane: I couldn’t find a picture of this either, but we’re pretty airplane obsessed over here, so I thought it would be fun to have some airplanes we could play with all day.
- Elf Exercises: One time when we were going on a walk Luke said, “why??” and I said, “because, mama needs exercise.” So now, when he wants to go for a walk he says, “Let’s go exercising!”
- The Elf on the Shelf goodbye printable: I like the concept of having a letter prepping the kids for the excitement of Christmas and the departure of the elf. I’d also like the letter to include a paragraph about the real meaning of Christmas and some of my favorite things about my kids.
Elf on the Shelf with Food:
- The Elf on the Shelf brings candy canes.Who doesn’t love a little sweet surprise?
- Funny Elf goes fishing. Fishing for whatever we have on hand, of course!
- Our Elf on the Shelf makes cookies for breakfast! Cookie cereal is the perfect size for her!
- Holly the Elf drinks Yoohoo. I think Yoohoo is part of their official food pyramid.
- The Elf on the Shelf makes a Snow Angel with flour. Simple and sweet.
- In a similar vein, if you’re looking for Elf on the Shelf mischievous ideas, he or she can make a mess with flour, just like your toddler might have done once or twice!
- The Elf on the Shelf Marshmallow Bath: I love how this is in a bowl. I don’t want to fill a whole sink or tub full or marshmallows, because call me crazy, I hate wasting stuff. This gets the same cute idea across and makes more sense!
- The Elf eats treats: Of course we’d all share the treats.
So, what is your opinion? Do you love Elf on the Shelf or think it is ridiculous? Super fun, or too commercial? If you decide you want to buy one, I haven’t found it any cheaper than here!