Have you heard of the Elf on a Shelf? It started as a children’s story book by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell. It quickly became the new trend for Christmas and a new take on Advent. Today I want to share five Ideas that I had for Elf on a Shelf.
- Keep things simple. Mr. Elf does not have to make a big scene. As a busy working mom, I do not have time to be creating these elaborate scenes with an elf; only to have to clean them up and create something else 24 hours later. Keep it simple. If Mr. Elf is into the marshmallows, for example, use 6 or 7 not the entire bag. This will save you money and time.
- Make Mr. Elf a kindness elf. I think a lot of Elves are mischievous and seeing all those pictures on Pinterest and Facebook sure is fun, however we don’t do Elf on a Shelf at our house. I wrote a post about why and you can read it over at We Three Crabs.
- Have your elf write letters instead of acting out scenes. I found some great free printables on Pinterest. Instead of having to make all those elaborate scenes at night, why not print out a letter instead.
- Have the elf leave things for a simple Christmas craft. There are TONS of ideas for crafts on Pinterest. I bet it wouldn't take long to come up with several. Even if this was not an everyday thing, it could easily be incorporated into the Elf on a Shelf theme. Choose crafts that use what you have in your craft drawer or you will be at the craft store buying supplies at the last minute. (unless you plan this out in advance) Depending on their ages, the kids could read and follow the simple directions while you cook dinner. This would be a great idea for kids to make presents for people. The elf could suggest making this craft to send to Grandma (or Whoever)!
- Have your elf bring books to read. This is another idea that could be incorporated into the Elf on a Shelf routine. Have your Elf bring a book about Christmas for the kids to read. If the Elf brought one book a week, that’s about four book that you would need to purchase or get from the library. Kids love books and this would encourage reading as well.