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Totally amaze your kids this year with Elf on the Shelf antics galore! There is plenty of child-friendly elf on the shelf suggestions to choose from, whether you want creative or funny elf ideas.

elf on the shelf in the snow

How to Introduce Elf on the Shelf?

There are a few different ways to introduce Elf on the Shelf to your child.

One way is to read the Elf on the Shelf story together. This will help your child understand what the elf is and why it is watching them.

Another way is to hide the elf somewhere in your house and then have your child find it. 

Finally, you can explain to your child that Elf on the Shelf is a special elf that comes to visit during Christmas time. Whichever way you introduce Elf on the Shelf, make sure that you explain its purpose so your child knows why it is watching them.

What Are The Elf on The Shelf Rules?

There are a few basic rules that come with The Elf on the Shelf, and they are as follows: 

  • The elf cannot be touched, as this will cause him to lose his magic. 
  • You must give your elf a name and treat him like a family member.
  • Children should be encouraged to share any wishes or secrets with their elf.

The Pros and Cons of Elf on the Shelf

The pros of Elf on the Shelf are that it is a fun way to get kids excited about Christmas, and it can be a fun way to teach them about Christmas traditions.

The cons of Elf on the Shelf are that some parents find it too much work and that kids can get too obsessed with trying to catch the elf.

Overall, I think Elf on the Shelf is a fun tradition, but parents should use their judgment about whether or not they want to participate. If you choose to participate, it can be a lot of fun as long as you have plenty of ideas (which we have covered!).

Elf on the Shelf Ideas you will Love

We have broken it down into categories so that you can quickly find the ideas that you think will work best for you and your family.

In this post you will find:

So fun right!?! Let’s get started!!

Elf on the Shelf ideas with food

Elf on the Shelf Cocoa Party from Sweet C’s

Elf and The Banana Minions from California Unpublished

Elf Kisses from I Heart Naptime

Toasty Elf from Frugal Coupon Living

Elf On The Shelf Makes Breakfast from Home Stories At Oz

Taking a Marshmallow Bath from Natalie Wright

Sipping on Syrup from Elf On The Shelf Ideas

Elf On The Shelf In A Jar Of Marshmallows from Smart School House

Elf on the Shelf ideas with toys

Lego Ambush from Living Locurto

Fixing Toys with some Tools from 505 Designs

Elf plays Scrabble with friends from She Knows

Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

Elf on the Shelf Christmas Baking from Mom Envy

Elf On The Shelf Promising To Be Good from The Inspiration Edit

Elf impersonates the “Big Guy” from She Knows

Candy Cane Thief Elf from Simplify Create Inspire

Elf On The Shelf Arrives Through A Magic Door from Make Life Lovely

Elf Arriving in a hot air balloon from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Elf plays the guitar from She Knows

Elf On The Shelf Gluing A Book from The Inspiration Edit

Elf in the Silverware Drawer from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Elf Lifting Weights from Vitamin Ha

Do you wanna build a snowman? from Frugal Coupon Living

Elf Doing Chores from 505 Designs

Elf on the Shelf Sled from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Elf Brushing His Teeth from A Small Snippet

Making A Fruit Loop Garland from Come Together Kids

Elf on a wrecking ball from Just A Little Creativity

A Christmas Elf message from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Skateboarding Elf from Just A Little Creativity

Elf Taking Photos from Vitamin Ha

Rock Band Elf Drumming from Frugal Coupon Living

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Vickie aka The Crazy Family Mom

Vickie is the creator of A Crazy Family. She is a stay-at-home mom of a little boy with a big personality. She loves to share real food recipes, parenting tips & encouragement, fun kids activities, and so much more! Plus she is thrilled to provide you with a space to celebrate all that is awesome (and a little crazy) in the world.

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