The Best Elf On The Shelf Ideas

Rebel n Rose Halifax West Yorkshire Elf on the Shelf 2019

So the 1st of December is fast aproching and the newer tradition of Elf On The Shelf is starting to worry parents ever where, but never fear we have put together a short guide of ideas to help you through this December .

What is Elf On The Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children’s picture book, written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The book tells a Christmas-themed story, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and nice.

The Rules

The Christmas tradition has just two rules. First, children are not allowed to touch the elf or he or she will lose their magic. However, if an elf is touched by mistake, the official Elf on the Shelf website advises children write a letter to Santa to apologize and sprinkle a little cinnamon beside the elf before bed.

“Cinnamon is like vitamins for scout elves, and it helps them get back to the North Pole,” the website reads. “Once they arrive, the North Pole doctors will check them out.”

The second rule of Elf on the Shelf is that the elf will not speak or move while the kids are awake. The elf only moves at night when he makes his trip back to the North Pole. Once he returns home, he then assumes a new position in the house.

In the past, we’ve seen the elf get up to all sorts of crazy antics, from playing poker to taking selfies to sunbathing on the kitchen counter.

Some Ideas

Is every wreath created to hang on a door? Not necessarily. For an early a.m. surprise for her family, this Scout Elf created a pretty, taste-tempting wreath made of colorful fruit! It’s a simple, no-fuss recipe Scout Elves love preparing.

Materials:

  • Kiwi slices, halved
  • Raspberries
  • Apple slices
  • Decorative plate

Instructions:

  1. To form a wreath, your elf will place kiwi slices in a circle on a decorative plate.
  2. Next, your elf will place raspberries on the kiwi wreath to add a splash of color.
  3. Finally, your elf will slice a red apple to create a bow and ribbon tails to decorate the wreath. Helpful hint: Keep the apples fresh by brushing them with lemon juice.

 

 

Your Scout Elf invited a North Pole friend to visit your home, but where did he go? Quick—check for clues in the dish!

Materials:

  • Googly eyes
  • Carrot nose
  • Twig arms
  • Dish

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will leave clues to the identity of the North Pole friend who melted by arranging googly eyes, a carrot nose and twig arms in a dish.

 

Materials:

  • Gift tags printable
  • Color printer
  • Paper
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher

Instructions:

  1. Print and cut out the gift tags.
  2. Punch a hole in the corner of each one.
  3. Use string to attach the tags to gifts.
  4. Set the pretty presents under the tree for you to find.

 

Materials:

  • White yarn
  • Fork
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Using a secret technique from the North Pole, your Scout Elf will begin to create a pom-pom by wrapping yarn around a fork—just like you would spaghetti!
  2. To create smaller pom-poms, your elf will wrap the yarn around the fork about 20 times. For bigger pom-poms, yarn is will be wrapped around the fork about 50 times. The wraps are always tight and your elf will be sure to keep the yarn in the middle of the fork!
  3. Once the yarn is wrapped around the fork the desired number of times, your elf will hold the wrapped yarn in place and will use scissors to cut the yarn wrap from the rest of the ball of yarn.
  4. Your elf will take a shorter piece of yarn, about 2 inches long, and tie it vertically around the yarn wrap while it’s still on the fork.
  5. After pulling the wrap off of the fork, your elf will pull the small string tighter and tie it in a knot. The wrap will become flat and round; the ends will be a series of tiny loops. By tying another knot on top of the one already created, your elf will make sure the yarn bundle is secured in place!
  6. Using scissors, your elf cuts the little loops apart—the pom-pom is beginning to form! To keep the pom-pom symmetrical, your elf snips off any errant pieces of yarn.
  7. Get ready for a snowball fight!

 

Materials:

  • Popcorn bucket
  • Popcorn
  • Scrapbook kit 3D glasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Put on tiny 3D glasses from a movie-themed scrapbooking kit (available at craft stores).
  2. Tip over the bucket of popcorn, spilling a little bit out onto a chair or table it is sitting on.
  3. Crawl inside and curl up for a quick cat nap!

 

Materials:

  • Coloring pages printable
  • Color printer
  • Paper
  • Crayons or Markers

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print out these coloring pages.
  2. Then, they will leave out an assortment of markers or crayons.
  3. Lastly, your elf will make a small sign asking your little ones to color in their favorite pages!

 

Materials:

  • Washcloth
  • Tissues
  • Tissue box (rectangular)

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will take a tissue and fold it into an elf-sized pillow.
  2. Your elf will get a washcloth from the closet and use it as a blanket.
  3. Then, your elf will climb into their tissue box bed for a quick nap before you wake up!

 

While stretched out in a plastic spring toy, your Elf will leave your family a note asking you to strike a crazy pose and try to stay as still as possible—just like Elf! Time each other to see who can hold the craziest pose for the longest amount of time!

Materials:

  • Photobooth template
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors or a precision cutter
  • Toothpicks
  • Tape
  • Camera

Instructions:

  1. Print out the fun photo booth accessories and backdrops template.
  2. Use scissors or a precision cutter to cut out the backdrops and props.
  3. Attach each prop to a toothpick using tape.
  4. Hang the backdrops on a wall using tape.
  5. Grab a camera and strike a pose

 

Materials:

  • Picture frame
  • Camera or Copy Machine

 

Materials:

  • Jar of candy
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Candy Cane Cable

Instructions:

  1. To make a play for the candy jar, your  Elf will attach a piece of Candy Cane Cable to the end of the Holiday Hook.
  2. Using packing tape, your  Elf will attach the end of the Candy Cane Cable to the ceiling, the top of a cabinet, or other high place to dangle from.
  3. Your Elf will balance on the Holiday Hook and get ready to grab some satisfying sweets!

Looking for more Elf on the Shelf ideas check out https://www.elfontheshelf.com/elf-ideas

Need some Help with Elf on the Shelf Check out these handy printables https://www.elfontheshelf.com/ideas-scout-elves?term=152

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Good Luck and Happy Elfing

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