Elf of the Shelf preparation – 24 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the shelf ideas

Everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit in our house, the tree is up – I know, it’s a little early but we are busy every weekend up until Christmas so it was last weekend or never.

Many of the presents are wrapped and the Christmas festivities are booked up now, a theatre trip, ice skating and a visit to see Santa and of course, the children are over excited to know that Eddie the Elf will return once again on 1st December.

Whether you love or hate the Elf on a Shelf it is a lovely way of keeping the magic of Christmas alive a little longer for children. Mine can’t wait to get up in the mornings to see what fun he’s been getting up to overnight, to see if their letter were delivered to Santa and to truly believe in the magic of Christmas.

The Elf on the Shelf® is a fun-filled Christmas tradition that has captured the hearts of children everywhere who welcome home one of Santa’s Scout Elves each holiday season. The magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures, and reporting back to Santa at the North Pole nightly. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Scout Elf each morning.

You can tell Santa’s Official Scout Elves apart from other elves at the North Pole because they arrive in their official solid red jumpsuit with their very own storybook called The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.

The Elf comes complete with its own storybook which is lovely to sit and read together as a family and is one you can read again and again.

Our Elf – Eddie – arrives on the 1st of December bringing the children their advent calendars all the way from the north pole.

If you have an elf coming to stay for December here’s a list of activities and escapes he could get up to over-night, I know it’s hard to think of ideas every night so hopefully these will help a little. (please note, our Elf is a good elf so while he plays tricks like wrapping the Christmas tree, he is NEVER naughty).

24 Elf on the Shelf ideas

December 1: Elf arrival with advent calendars
December 2: Having a tea party with some of the kid’s toys
December 3: Campfire fun – using a battery operated candle set up a campfire with your elf toasting mini marshmallows
December 4: Snowball fight – set up a snowball fight between your Elf and a few other toys, using cotton wool balls for the snow
December 5: Invitations to see Santa – book to see Santa in a Grotto near year and make invitations for the children.
December 6: Make an igloo – see www.elfontheshelf.com for instructions on making this one

elf igloo - elf on a shelf ideas
December 7: Snow angels – spread some flour onto the kitchen worktops and have your Elf make snow angels
December 8: Go for a ride – place your Elf in a toy car, on a train or even on one of the Elf pets available
December 9: Build a snowman – using 3 toilet rolls and a sharpie you can invite the children to build their own snowman
December 10: Time to write letters to Santa

elf on a shelf ideas - letters to santaelf on a shelf letter writing kit

This is an official Elf on the Shelf letters to Santa set, you read the lovely storybook with the children then they write their letters to Santa on the special paper provided. Allow the writing to dry for a minute the put into the over between parchment paper (follow the instructions inside the box) and bake for up to 5 minutes. The paper will then shrink to make a lovely tree ornament keepsake. Why not date it so you can look back on in years to come.
December 11: Stair tobogganing – using a baking tray your Elf could be on the stairs having fun with some other toys
December 12: Get out the Christmas decorations and decorate the tree together
December 13: Decorate windows with spray snow or window pens – draw snowmen, Santa, Christmas trees – cellotape your elf to the window with a pen in hand
December 14: Movie night – Set up a front room scene (perhaps in a dolls house) where your elf can have a movie night with friends
December 15: Make Christmas cards together – set our art supplies or even just cards to write
December 16: Bring the fruit bowl to life – stick googly eyes on all the fruit or on the contents of the fridge
December 17: Make old-fashioned paper chains – your Elf could have made some overnight or/and bring supplies to make your own
December 18: Letters from Santa – a brief reminder that Santa is watching
December 19: Wrap the Christmas tree – my children always laugh at this one (make sure you’ve wrapped the presents first and have enough paper left over.
December 20: Bake Christmas treats together – mince pies and cookies. Lay out the baking equipment ready to spend a morning/afternoon getting your Bake Off
December 21: Christmas bedding – change the bedding while the children are asleep for Christmas bedding (a great tip is to put the Christmas bedding under another duvet cover then all you have to do is carefully remove the first)
December 22: Colouring fun – print off some Christmas colouring sheets for the children to colour in
December 23: A north pole breakfast/Elf dressing up

elf dressed up in scarf and ear muffs

north pole breakfast
Image credit: Elfontheshelf.com

December 24: The Elf has gone back to the North Pole ready to help Santa, leaving Xmas Eve boxes in return, you can see what’s in our this year in our post here. 

You can find lots more fun Elf escapes over on the www.elfontheshelf.com website, as well as purchasing official Elves and accessories.24 elf on a shelf ideas

Disclaimer: Posted in collaboration with Elf on the Shelf, who very kindly sent the children some extra Elf accessories in the run-up to Christmas.

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