One of the most popular new Christmas traditions over the past few years is The Elf on the Shelf. Love him or hate him, the mischievous elf has become many a family’s favourite and is great for keeping the children’s behaviour in check. The elf watches children’s behaviour during the month of December and lets Father Christmas know how they are getting on.
After your children have gone to bed, you place your elf in different positions for the morning, normally showing him getting up to no good. The elf often leaves a note telling the children exactly what they’ve been up to during the night. It might seem like a lot of hard work, but it’s a great way to interact with your children and get even more excitement around Christmas; your little one will rush down the stairs each morning to discover where the elf is and what he’s been up to.
With 24 days to fill with different Elf on the Shelf scenarios, it can get challenging thinking of what to do next so scroll through our ideas for some easy Elf on the Shelf photos, with lots of ideas on what your elf might get up to tonight.
Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas
If your youngster is having an advent calendar this year, why not get your Elf on the Shelf to present it with a reminder of the rules of the game? Day one, done!
Snowman toilet roll
A simple suggestion which involves everything you will already have in your home - three toilet rolls and a pen!
You can't do Elf on the Shelf this year without a nod to the coronavirus! And this little guy is following all the rules...
Another good one for December the 1st, simply make a paper plane out of wrapping paper and pop your elf in the Christmas tree.
Hot chocolate elf
One for the weekend we reckon, this elf also comes with a sweet beverage to be enjoyed!
We adore this fun idea, making use of the apples lying in your fruit bowl.
Encourage your child to brush their teeth with a little help from their elf companion.
This one would work well with any other toys your youngster has including teddies, barbies or action figures.
Another fruity idea, this one is especially great if you're good with a pen. It doesn't have to be minion inspired either, simple funny faces would do the trick!
Dog biscuit tasting
If you've got a furry friend, you're good to go with this simple idea! And a reminder of Santa's favourite treats is never a bad idea...
Nail polish Elf
Uh oh, this naughty Elf on the Shelf has been busy in the night! Just make sure Dad hasn't got anything important to do the next day...
Ketchup splat Elf
This idea would work with any squeezy condiments you have and shouldn't be too messy to clean up afterwards either.
Make your elf officially part of the family and draw them into your family photos.
Credit: Paper Heart Family
Social distancing elf
This little guy is taking social distancing very seriously! You can even print the letter board here.
Credit: Living Locurto
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