The way this works, you get the "elf" (affiliate) and he comes to your house to check up and report back to Santa, to tell him if your kids were naughty or nice. We don't do the naughty/nice stuff, but very much enjoy hosting our friend from the North Pole and finding our elf in the morning - up to some crazy antics - with our kids.
Here are some ideas that we have found that are family-friendly and great for making memories with your kids.
Watch Elf go on Adventures
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Get a map and draw a route to go visit the Christmas lights with your elf (love this one - it's a girl).
Hurry. You might need to stop your elf from taking a trip to the North pole, via rocket ship (free printable).
More and More Elf-on-the-Shelf Ideas
Elf might have a lazy day planned for your family including popcorn and a movie.
Your Elf could be kind and helpful
He might get a head start on breakfast... serving popcorn, milk and sprinkles to his host family (you).
Or full of mischief and king of the pranks.
He might be so excited to come to you he showed up a day early, in your mailbox (P.S. Image shown is of unknown origin, if it is yours, LOVE it. Contact us so we can link to you!)
Be Careful or your Elf will get into TROUBLE.
It would be a sad day if the elf lost all his glitter magic. You might need to get him some more sparkles.
Becoming Pals with your Elf
He might hide candy canes around the house for you to find!
Your elf might find a pile of legos, and start building something fun!
Your elf may have been up all night puzzling and need your help to finish his puzzle in the morning.
Fun Elf Activities
Your elf might be hiding in the freezer, trying to eat all the popsicles.
He might get himself stuck inside a candy jar and need your help to get him out.
You may find a pile of "snow" greeting you when you get home and a silly elf playing.
Your elf might rally all the toy animals in your house for a Christmas parade.
Did your Elf on the Shelf forget to move? Check out these excuses!
Love these ideas?
Rachel Miller is the original Quirky Momma of Kids Activities Blog and co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! & The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. Rachel can now be found blogging at One Crazy House.