Need Elf on the Shelf ideas for your family? We finally gave in this year and decided to participate in the ever popular Elf on the Shelf tradition. Elf on a Shelf is a book written for kids. Each family is sent a special elf to stay with them for the holiday season. Each night their elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa whether they’ve been naughty or nice. Visit the Elf on the Shelf website for more information and to register your elf.
We opted to buy the plushie elf and borrow a book from a friend. We just didn’t want to splurge on the book and elf doll together this year. Our little plushie Elf on the Shelf friend is named Christie, and he joined our family just a couple nights ago. Of course he hasn’t gotten up to very much elfin’ mischief yet, but my husband and I have plenty of ideas in store for the kids. Our elf is leaving little Elf on the Shelf signs for the kids each morning. Sometimes he also leaves one while they are gone during the day. They love this idea of getting Elf on the Shelf messages from Christie, their elf. My youngest has even begun to write messages back and leaving them at Christie’s feet.
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Some Elf on the Shelf ideas for Your Family:
If you are looking for some Elf on the Shelf ideas that are easy and fun, print out my free Elf on the Shelf message signs. I’ve made three sets of 9 messages to help you have some elfin’ fun at your house. If you’ve got a popsicle stick, just tape it to to the back of your sign. Then prop your Elf on the Shelf sign up next to your visiting elf friend. The kids should get a kick out of these funny, fun and entertaining Elf on the Shelf messages.
Elf on the Shelf Signs for Kids that Promote Good Behavior:
How about getting into a little mischief? I know you want to!
Here are More Funny Elf Signs:
And if that’s not enough, I’ve got one more set of Elf signs for you to try.
One last group of Elf on the Shelf Message Signs for Parents to Use:
Here are 10 Popular Elf on the Shelf Ideas that I’ve seen which will go great with my free message signs:
1. Leave a sign from your elf asking for 3 chocolate chips in a bowl of sugar. In the morning when your kids wake up their chocolate chips will grow into cookies.
2. Leave a sign from your elf asking for 3 drops of peppermint oil in a pot of soil. In the morning when your kids wake up their peppermint oil will grow into candy canes.
3. Leave a sign from your elf asking for cocoa powder on a plate with water and a drop of sugar. In the morning when your kids wake up their cocoa powder will grow into fudge.
5. Take a box of cookies or other favorite family treat and empty it out. Put crumbs around the table or counter. Place your Elf there with an elf sign that says, “Mmmmm. You have nice treats!”
6. Have you ever seen the Tic Tac idea? Use the elf sign that says, “Put these Elf seeds in a bowl of water.” In the morning put a favorite treat on the plate for your kids.
7. Did one of the kids do something naughty? Or maybe it was your little visiting elf. Use the sign that says, “Uh oh, someone was naughty!”
8. Are you looking to keep your kids on top of chores and behaving great? Because we all know how squirrely they can get at Christmas time. Use the good behavior questions to keep them on their toes.
9. Maybe you need to be pampered. I mean, how often do your kids go out of their way to help you out without being asked to? Put up a sign asking the kids to do something nice for you. Then sit back and see what gets done.
10. Want to have a scavenger hunt? Use an elf sign to let your kids know they need to find something your elf has hidden in the room. Maybe you have bells. Maybe you want them to figure it out for themselves what it is.
That’s all the Elfin’ Fun for Now!
We’re by no means experts on Elf on the Shelf ideas. I have to admit I get most of my ideas on Facebook, Pinterest, and from our friends who are doing the same with their kids. And I certainly hope none of the kids are reading this…. I’d hate to ruin the magic.
Do you have a funny Elf on the Shelf idea or activity? I’d love to hear about what everybody else is doing. Our youngest is only a baby. We might be doing Elf on the Shelf for the next 10 years.