December is such a busy month for any parent. Sometimes I wonder why I make life extra hard for myself but whilst the children are young we have an Elf on the Shelf.
I bought our Elf on the Shelf from Amazon a few years ago. It was really expensive at the time but they are a lot more affordable now. It came in a presentation box with a story book.The idea of the Elf on a Shelf is that he keeps an eye on children during December, reporting good and bad behaviour back to Father Christmas. It’s definitely a bit of an incentive for my children to behave themselves, as well as the special reward charts I picked up.
If you don’t like the official Elf on the Shelf then you can buy all kinds of different little Elfs. This year I bought a second Elf. I’m not really sure why I did this – perhaps I thought that one Elf was fun and two would be more fun! Our original Elf is called Buddy, and the children named our second Elf, Fred, and he is green.
In previous years I have kept an Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board and this has been really easy to go to for ideas. It’s the best place to look for ideas when you are just about to go to bed and have forgotten to move the Elf!
24 new Elf on the Shelf ideas
Here are the activities our Elf on the Shelf got up to this year:
This was my favourite and also one of the easiest to set up, our elves sitting in a homemade ball pit
Our elves decorated one of the walls in the living room with Christmas stickers
One of the elves pinned all of Big Brother’s new Beavers badges to himself
This year some of the ideas were really simple to do, like sitting inside a wreath decoration
It’s a family tradition that they wrap my son’s packed lunch up in Christmas paper. He enjoyed taking everything to school and discovering what they had made him. He did question why they hadn’t made his father’s lunch too.
They seemed to like playing with the children’s toys.