Looking for new Elf on the Shelf ideas? Every year, I try to plan out new activities for our shelf. Besides making Christmas crafts with the kids, participating in the Elf on the Shelf it’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. I will admit that it can be stressful when I forget to move the elf or can’t come up with a new way to move him. Don’t let that stop you from doing this fun activity for your kids. They will love it!
I’ve rounded up the best Elf on the Shelf ideas including ways to help welcome your Elf, say goodbye, and help you celebrate all of those wacky days in between. From printables to letter board sayings, there are so many ways to add creativity to your holiday season. Be sure to share with other parents who could use help keeping the magic of this activity alive for years to come.
Everything you need to know about Elf on the Shelf
Whether you are new to this activity or been doing it for years, here is a refresher course on everything you need to know about this fun Christmas activity for kids.
What’s Elf on the Shelf?
The Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition that the whole family can enjoy. It’s quite simple to participate. The most challenging part is trying to keep up with the daily moves.
- Adopt an elf
- Read the book
- Name your elf
The rules are simple:
- Kids should not touch their Elf, or they will lose their magic!
- The elves can not talk, but they make great listeners.
- Scout Elves return to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to help Santa prep for next holiday season!
The fun is in the daily tasks
When Scout Elves return from the North Pole each night, they land in a different spot in your home. Not to worry—there is a range of ideas, both simple and extra creative, suitable for any and every Scout Elf!
When does Elf on the Shelf return?
Most Scout Elves return to their families during Scout Elf Return Week—a week-long window at the end of November, leading into December. (This year’s Scout Elf Return Week will take place Nov. 24–Dec. 1.)
Ideas for Elf on the Shelf arrival
Don’t miss out on the fun of celebrating the arrival of your Elf. Whether it’s a simple breakfast or extravagant event your kids will look forward to their Elf on the Shelf Homecoming Party.
Picking your Elf’s name
Naming your elf is the fun part! Have your kids select a name at the beginning. If you need help here are 20 Elf Names or you can choose to get creative. Still confused about what to name your elf? Use this Elf Name Generator to find your elf’s name. Whatever name you choose, it will be special and unique to your family.
Creative Ideas for Elf on the Shelf
- Elf Hiding Spots
- Lazy Moms Guide to Elf on the Shelf
- Fun and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- Celebrate Elf on the Shelf with these Printables
- Elf on the Shelf Printables (Letter saying Goodbye and more!)
- Elf on the Shelf Idea: Candy Cane Jail
- Elf on the Shelf Dunk Tank
- Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Saying Goodbye
- 5 Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- Christmas Story Elf on a Shelf – Free Printable Set
- Free Elf on the Shelf Christmas Baking Printable Set
- Elf on the Shelf for Busy Lives & Low Budgets
- Stranger Things Elf
- Elf on the Shelf Letterboard Ideas
- Kid-Friendly Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- Elf on the Shelf Gift Guide
- Elf on the Shelf Idea for Pokemon Fans
- Easiest Elf on the Shelf Idea
- Elf on the Shelf Clothing Ideas
- North Pole Breakfast with Elf on the Shelf
What to do when you forget to move your elf
Use these Elf on the Shelf forgot to move excuses when you need them! No judgment here. I have forgotten a few times in the past. Life happens!
More Elf on the Shelf Ideas
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