Over 285 different & fun Elf on the Shelf ideas, activities, printables, note cards from the Elf to make the most of December with your little guy, or girl. Plus, don’t forget to grab the jam-packed 99-Page Holiday Activity Bundle complete with Elf on the Shelf Notes, Letter to Santa templates, Dozens of Festive Themed Activity Sheets, an Exciting Countdown to Christmas Calendar, Holiday Scavenger Hunts, I Spy Game Sheets, and much more!
Fun & Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Printables in One Place
My three kids absolutely their Elf on the Shelf.
But, I have certain feelings about Mr. Elf.
See, in our house we don’t follow the traditional Elf on the Shelf premise. Our little guy (Sparkles is what the kids named him) is not the eyes and ears for Santa and does not report naughty behavior.
One thing I don’t do, is threaten my kids that Sparkles is watching them and they best watch their behavior or Santa may get a bad report from the day.
Why do we do it this way?
Our Elf on the Shelf here for a good time… a really fun time.
He is a fun tradition at Christmas, and that’s it (plus, I’m not making empty threats to withhold presents. It’s just not happening…)
He gives the kids a glimpse of his rambunctious and sometimes naughty behavior from the night before while they sleep when they come running down the stairs to find him every morning, and sometimes he even leaves little notes of encouragement with his “caught you being good” notes.
Some days he plays hide and seek, or will take and hide things of the kids for them to find.
Other mornings, he’s left riddles or funny messages on his letter board.
And then, he’ll help them count down the days until Christmas morning arrives.
Needless to say, our Elf on the Shelf plays a lot of roles and is a big part of our December Christmas traditions, but he’s all fun and nothing more.
I want to share all our fun resources for you to go the extra mile this year with your Elf, and build fun traditions with him, or her, as well.
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95 New Elf on the Shelf ideas – most of which you can do set up in less than 5 minutes (every parent’s dream, especially for the last minute when you forgot the night before and right as you slip under the covers!)
“Caught you being good” note cards from your friendly Elf on the Shelf are great to help reinforce positive behavior, boost a child’s confidence, & draws attention to ability, skills, being helpful and acts of kindness. You know… all the good stuff you love seeing!
Check out the 56 Caught You Being Good Elf on the Shelf Note Cards (and blank set to fill in your own for your child.)
Maybe it’s night 2 or night 15 when you’ve run out of ideas for where to stage your Elf on the Shelf. Don’t worry, I’ve got you! These are super (SUPER) easy ideas, you can do in less than 5 minutes!
So maybe you’ve already done a lot of these Elf on the Shelf ideas over the years and are looking for some new ideas… here’s a collection of 35 more easy (that’s my rule for everything Elf related if you didn’t already know), hilarious and likely you already have most of these props around your house.
Add a little extra every morning when your kids run around trying to find the Elf on the Shelf. These 24 cute and colorful notes have silly jokes, encouragement, reminders to clean up or read, fun messages from Santa’s reindeer and countdown until the big day!
Who says your Elf on the Shelf can’t be clever and chic at the same time? These 45 ADORABLE pre-made printable letter board cards from your Elf are fun, silly & also have have encouraging messages.
I Spy is such a fun, fun, game and what’s better than having a stack of 4 Holiday I Spy themed games, including an Elf on the Shelf I Spy game? I can’t wait to bring these out in December, and know my kids will love them.
Elf Pandemic letter board notes are good for the pandemic holiday we’re stuck in right now.
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