If you are looking for Elf on the Shelf ideas, you’ve come to the right place!
We have been doing this tradition at my house for years and it is something my kids look forward to every single year!
While we obviously know that Christmas is about Jesus’ birthday, we love to do daily things to celebrate and count down the days to Christmas. WE do that with our elves and we love to check on social media each day and see what our friends all over the internet are doing with their elf too! We have such a blast!
Looking for ways to welcome your elf? This one is perfect for his arrival night every year.
Elf on the Shelf FAQ’s
If you are new to this idea, you might want check out our video that answers all of your frequently asked questions. How to get started. What the “rules” are. Where to buy your elf. Who can touch and move the elf, etc. I am sure you have a lot of questions you need answers to! I get it, I did too the first year.
When you purchase your elf, it does come with a book that you can read to your children that outlines the idea of the tradition for you. That said, I always encourage parents to modify it according to their family needs.
Each year our Elf arrives right after Thanksgiving. This gives us lots of time to create fun shenanigans that my kids look forward to each year.
For us, I always stick to the Elf on the Shelf welcome letter printables. It’s easy and the kids love it. When you download our letter we have two different versions. You get both versions. One is from a girl elf and one is from a boy elf. Personally, we have three elves, two boy elves and one girl. I like to use both letters.
There is a place for you to handwriting in your children’s names and also a place for you to sign your elf’s name at the end.
The letter is really a poem that I wrote that basically reminds the children that elf will be reporting back to Santa every night and telling him our your child’s behavior was each day.
Then he “flies” back home and your kiddos will find him in a new place each day.
The poem encourages them to be good so they can get gifts instead of a lump of goal.
The kids get a real kick out of this!
You can grab your welcome letters by clicking the image below and they will be delivered to your email in about 5 to 10 minutes so you can print and use!
PRINT HERE ——> GET BOTH LETTERS HERE! <<—– PRINT HERE
Need a Welcome Back Letter for your Elf?
This is perfect for families who have done Elf on the Shelf before and they need a letter that welcomes elf back! Just print, sign and go!
Planning Elf Calendar
Each year I like to map out what we will be doing for the season with our Elf.
I created this editable planning calendar that makes mapping everything out really easy.
I think you will like it.
Elf Behavior Reports
Need too report naughty behavior or awesome behavior? Love these!!
What are some of your favorite ideas that you’ve done with your elf? I would love to know what your tradition looks like and how you’ve modified it to accommodate your family each Christmas season.
Free Elf Worksheets
And I love these free preschool counting worksheets from my blogging friend Kelli over at 3 Boys and a Dog. They are a great way to incorporate math withy our elf. You should totally check them out!