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30 Days Of Easy Elf On The Shelf Ideas | Free Printable

Running out of things for the good ole Elf to do everyday? This holiday season keep the Elf magic with these 30 days of easy Elf On The Shelf ideas Free Printable!

If you are anything like me, you most likely can’t believe how quickly the holiday season is approaching. With that being said, it’s almost Elf on the Shelf time.

This is when many of us will get out the elves and start tricking our kids into being better human beings leading up to the holidays. In all seriousness, it’s actually a lot of fun to come up with ideas, but it can be hard to think of new ideas! Check out these 30 days of Elf on the Shelf ideas. 

If you’ve ever had an Elf on the Shelf grace your home during the festive season, you know the sheer delight and anticipation it brings each morning. The enchanting tradition captivates families year after year, and here’s why:

  1. The Element of Surprise: Every morning, kids wake up to discover what their little elf friend has been up to overnight. Finding the elf in a new spot or caught in the midst of a new antic is sure to elicit giggles and excitement!
  2. Stirring the Imagination: The scenarios that the elf gets into can be as simple or as imaginative as one desires. From marshmallow snowball fights with other toys to drawing doodles on bananas, the elf encourages creative storytelling.
  3. Daily Countdown: The elf serves as a whimsical advent calendar of sorts, reminding children (and adults!) of the approaching special day and building up anticipation.
  4. Teaching Moments: The elf’s “watchful” presence can be used as an opportunity to encourage good behavior. Many families use the lore that the elf reports back to Santa each night, making it a fun way to emphasize the spirit of kindness and generosity during the holidays.
  5. Family Bonding: Setting up scenarios, discussing the elf’s latest shenanigans, or even reading the Elf on the Shelf book together can be a cozy and bonding family activity.
  6. Interactive Play: Beyond just searching for the elf, some families opt to leave notes for their elf or offer small gifts (like craft supplies). This interactive element can lead to sweet and imaginative role-playing opportunities for children.
  7. Personalization: Every elf can be named by the family, adding a personal touch to the tradition. Over time, the elf often develops a distinct personality shaped by the memories and shared stories of the household.
  8. Photo Ops: The elf’s misadventures provide ample photo opportunities. Sharing the latest elf escapade on social media or with distant family can spread holiday joy and even inspire others with new ideas for their elves.
  9. Tradition Creation: Starting an Elf on the Shelf tradition can be a wonderful way to create lasting memories. Years later, children might fondly look back on their favorite elf moments or even continue the tradition with their own families.
  10. Keeps the Magic Alive: In an age of digital distractions, the Elf on the Shelf is a tangible piece of holiday magic. It serves as a delightful reminder of the wonder and mystery that the festive season brings.

In essence, the Elf on the Shelf is more than just a toy; it’s a captivating blend of storytelling, play, and tradition that helps foster the enchantment of the holiday season. For many, the mischievous little elf has become an indispensable part of their festive celebrations, bringing smiles, laughter, and a touch of North Pole magic right into their homes!

Fresh Ideas

When you have been doing the Elf on the Shelf for a few years, it can be hard to think of new ideas. I can’t tell you how many mornings my kids have woken up to the Elf doing the same thing. The Elf usually needs something new to do for 30 days, and these ideas will have you covered. 

Elf on the Shelf

The purpose of the Elf on the Shelf is to make sure you can keep your kids behaving before Santa gets here. You’d be surprised as to how many kids LOVE this tradition and want it to stay alive. If you’re new to elf on a shelf, you can use these ideas to get started for your first year. 

Usually, after you get a few ideas going, you can start coming up with some of your own. You wouldn’t think that coming up with new ideas would be that hard, but honestly, it is! When life is busy and you sit down at the end of the day and don’t know what to make your elf do, these ideas come in handy. 

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