If you read part one of my ‘Beginner’s Guide to Elf on the Shelf‘, you’ll know a little more about it by now. If not, go look! I’ll wait here… Done? Good! Part two is right here, to give you some ideas of antics that your scout elf can get up to in the run-up to the big day.
What does the Elf on the Shelf actually do?
So, you have your elf (or elves!) and now you need to ‘introduce’ him/her (we’ll go with ‘it’!) to the family. The first year we had ours, I wrapped up the elf-and-book set just like in the film and sneakily popped it outside the front door ready for the kids to find. I included a letter from Santa explaining what the elf was there to do – to keep an eye on their behaviour in the run-up to Christmas and that he would go back to the North Pole each evening to report to Santa. Now, when our elf returns each year he just appears on 1st December with the advent calendars and another letter from Santa.
Now the fun really starts! It’s up to you how far you want to take it. Some people just move the elf to a new place each night, which is fun for the children to find it the next morning. However, there are so many fun things you could do; sometimes our elf is a bit naughty, sometimes he’s cheeky and sometimes he just brings a little gift.
I trawl shops such as The Works, Poundland, The Range, B&M and so on for cheap ‘props’ that I can use in my elf antics. Here is one haul after just half an hour of shopping one morning!
Good props to look out for include miniature anything; this year I found a miniature canvas on an easel, a mini shopping trolley, some tiny Kilner jars, little hessian sacks and whoopee cushions! These are all perfect elf size. Other fun things to get are a selfie kit – The Card Factory did an elf-sized ‘elfie kit’ in previous years; magic message boards that the elf can leave notes to the kids on, make-your-own decoration kits, kits to write letters to Santa, ‘seeds’ to grow candy canes and gingerbread men, other toys (Barbies, dinosaurs, Lego etc) and pants (yes, pants!) Also, take a look at the official Elf on the Shelf store to see their fab range of elves, clothing, pets and props!
So, what do I do with all these props?
You’ve got your mini bits, your elfie kit and your pants. What on earth do you do with them now? Here are ten Elf on the Shelf ideas that we have done in the last couple of years…
Please come back for Part Three – More Elf on the Shelf Ideas!
And don’t miss Part One of the Beginner’s Guide!
Disclosure: We were sent an ‘Elf on the Shelf’ product as a ‘thank you’ for writing about the tradition, however all views and opinions are my own.