Elf on the Shelf Inspiration!

A couple years ago, our two oldest were gifted an elf on the shelf. For those who are unfamiliar, the elf (aka creepy, dead-eyed, stick-thin plastic and fabric doll) comes to keep tabs on the members on the house by day and travels to the North Pole at night to report to Santa. Nobody can touch the elf or (s)he loses its magic and needs to recuperate in the North Pole for a few days. (Oh, am I hoping for someone to touch him this year!!).  Every day, the elf is watching from a new vantage point…at least this was the initial idea. Cute, right? Well…..

Somewhere along the way, Elf on the Shelf went berserk and started doing crazy things, sometimes naughty, and/or providing things for excited-for-Christmas kids to do. Every. Single. Day. For 24 days. 

I’m sorry to say we fell into the trap of doing fun things with our elf (which Moose named Chunky) the first year. Now we are on year 3, and to be honest, it’s getting a wee bit daunting to come up with things for this stuffed toy to do. Our space is VERY limited so many of the ideas I’ve seen can’t really work with us, so we’ve had to get pretty creative. I thought I’d put some of the shenanigans Chunky has done in the last 3 years here in case someone is looking for yet another exciting idea for their own elf to do. Please, PLEASE add any outside the box ideas in the comments…its only the sixth day and I’m grasping this year. I have a few more things planned (including the Christmas Eve box that Chunky always brings before leaving until next year, and the letter with a map of a route to take to look for Christmas lights in our jammies after bathtime one night), but more ideas are more than welcome! 

Anyway, here are some of the silly things our elf has gotten into! Hope it can inspire any elf owners out there! 

Chunky somehow managed to get new pairs of mittens inside of a balloons! How delightful (this is what they are waking up to. I’m waking up to horrendously sore fingers from messing with these balloons)

He braved the chilly night air to surprise the kiddos with some outdoor decorations! Wow, that elf is selfless!

Felt scraps cut into geometric shapes make for fun creative play! Ahhh, what a fun way to use up scraps.

Chunky has some sick obsession with underpants. Here is an underpants swing/hammock. Moose had a chat with the elf about the fact that there was a shortage of underpants pranks thus far this year.

We don’t typically have sugary cereal so 2 years ago, they were totally convinced that these were ‘elf cheerios’. #momwin

Baking adventures are always a great hit! If you’re going to bake with them anyway, have the elf bring the ingredients. Everyone wins!

Slap some food colouring in the milk for a crazy morning surprise! Frankly, it looks disgusting but they LOVE it. We did green Year 1 and purple Year 2…

This one I have seen before…turning everyone into Rudolph (this was year 1. For year 2, we added moustaches)

Another year 1 online find: candy cane zip line! This one was done in haste when the whole family had a stomach virus and sick-as-a-dog Mum had to do something last minute.

Always include an elf in the bathroom day!

Because clearly I’m not busy enough, I helped Chunky write a book for Moose and tiny Baby Bird during Year 1. We still read it often.

Styrofoam balls in the living room. This was an all-out riot! Nobody was injured, they practiced their hand-eye coordination?? Maybe??

Oh yay. Something for Mum to scrub off the mirror. 😐

Teeny tiny pancakes for breakfast. Cute but time consuming!! They ate every bite though.

This one I’ve seen a hundred times. Year 2 excitement when Moose and Bird were in love with the Minions.

If you feel like wasting lots and lots of wrapping paper…have at ‘er!

Yes, Chunky got all crafty and crocheted them dolls last year. Year 1, he made them hats.

Again with the undies…flying from the ceiling fan.

Decorating with Post-it notes…not just for office pranks anymore! (Although lots fell off the wall)

Snap, Crackle, Chunky? Took them ages to find him!

Cans of stuff they won’t eat make a cool drum set!

Oh Chunky, it’s called ROCK climbing, not SOCK climbing! A good way to replace socks, mitts, etc…let the blasted elf bring them!

Itty bitty doughnuts (aka Cheerios in icing sugar, cinnamon, chocolate and sprinkles)


Store-bought gingerbread house/family/train/whatever kits! Easy, they love it. 
Some other things we’ve done and o can’t find the pics:

-Scavenger hunt for Christmas ornaments that have been hidden

-Various craft kits

– elf colours (or if mum/dad is too lazy or strapped for time, scribbles) in Christmas colouring book and puts completed pages all over the house

-crayons and blow dryer on canvas craft

-string lights in the kids’ bedrooms

-writing letters to Santa: paper, crayons, stickers, etc put into mailbox to use 

-elf takes selfies with sleeping family members and prints off pics (or just sets wallpaper on tablet/phone)

-elf goes onto the ‘elf yourself’ app and makes a video of the whole family dressed as elves. 

There are so many more! As I get time, I’ll add more! Please let me know your awesome ideas! I need more!!

Alright, time to sleep before they come charging out of bed, searching for Chunky!
-K.

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