The Elf on the Shelf became a beloved Christmas tradition starting in 2004 when the book was first published. It tells the story of how elves hide in people’s homes so that they can watch what’s going on. In other words, these are Santa’s helpers. They determine whether the people in the home are naughty or nice, and then they report to Santa.
What’s fun is that you can buy Elf on the Shelf kits so that parents can place these elves throughout the house. Children love looking for the elves and families that really love to have fun with the concept make a game of moving the elves each day so that the kids can find them. Since they never really know where the elves are, children are inspired to be on their best behavior so that Santa will reward them for being “nice” and not “naughty”.
Where can you place the elves? For many families, it is a simple matter of putting the elves wherever they want. However, it is also possible to take the concept a step further and create fun scenes. The Elf on the Shelf can be as fun and playful as you want.
Are you looking for some fun scenarios on where to place your elves? Here’s a look at some things that you can try:
- Eating Cookies. Place the elves near a pile of cookie crumbs with a note thanking the family for the delicious treats. You can even have the elves request what kind of cookie they want and you can even make them as a family project!
- Superhero Elves. Dress the elves like your kids’ favorite superheroes and place them in fun poses throughout the house. For instance, you can dress the elves like superman and suspend them with string to make them look like they are flying.
- Leaving Gifts. You can also have the elves leave the children small gifts. Have they been behaving particularly well? The elves could leave small gifts like candy or books with a note saying that they are getting rewarded for good behavior.
In order to really make the most out of the Elf on the Shelf concept, it helps to have some really great accessories. You can find elves with different physical appearances as well as accessories that will really help make things even more interesting! These Elf on the Shelf kits all have everything that you need in order to have some fun with this Christmas tradition: