What is Elf on the Shelf?
Scout Elves help Santa take care of his Naughty or Nice List by watching over families in their homes to ensure that everyone is on their best behaviour! Every night, the Elf reports back to the North Pole to keep Santa updated - and each morning, the Elf returns to the family home that they're monitoring, hiding in a new spot and awaiting the kids to find them.
Where the tradition came from?
Originally, the Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition that started from a book of the same name back in 2005. Like an Advent calendar, the Elf on the Shelf usually begins on December 1.
How do you play Elf on the Shelf?
If you're starting Elf on the Shelf for the first time, you can either read the book or explain the concept to your children. Once you've introduced your Elf to the family, the hide and seek begins. Pick a new place to "hide" the Elf every day. Each morning, the games reset and kids will look around the house to find your Elf - but it's important that they leave the Elf where he is without disturbing him because he's hard at work spying on Santa's behalf.
Depending on the age of your children, the Elf doesn't have to be well concealed in high bookshelves or places that will be hard to spot. The older your children are, the more you can make it more of a challenge.
25 ideas on where to hide your Elf:
- Hanging off a branch on your Christmas Tree
- On top of your fireplace near your other Christmas decor
- Camouflaged in a glass cabinet or cupboard
- Concealed within your Christmas wreath, or hanging upside down performing as a gymnast
- On top of a dresser, or in a drawer that your kids frequently open
- Wrapped in a toilet roll and rolling down the stairs
- Fill your bathroom sink with cotton balls for Elf to have a little bath
- Have a spare phone? Get Elf taking some selfies
- Up to mischief and wedged in between the blinds
- When you set up your breakfast table, have Elf armed with a knife and fork ready to tuck in
- Take the labels off some cans and have Elf playing a makeshift drum set
- To tempt your kids to eat their lunch, have Elf hanging out of their lunchbox
- Keep Elf warm and toasty by wedging Elf in between two pieces of toast
- Gather dolls and plushies and have Elf busking in your home
- Have Elf walking the dogs by making a few yarn leashes around your favourite paw patrol figurines
- Open a few books and have Elf reading to the kids
- Build a play pen with Lego and throw in some plastic balls for Elf's own ball pit
- Give your Elf a job as a mechanic. Using a toy car that's around Elf's size, have Elf take a look under the car
- Set up a few bowl of popcorn, chips and lollies and have Elf hosting a movie night
- Throw some flour onto your kitchen counter and have Elf making a snow angel
- Set up a mini beach scene with a towel, sunscreen and sunnies
- Pop elf between the juice and milk in your fridge to surprise the kids at breakfast
- A cutlery drawer is the perfect size for Elf to lie down in
- Utilise the shower curtains in the bathroom and have Elf hooked onto the top
- Who doesn't love a cuppa? Have Elf enjoying a cup of tea through a straw
Where you can buy your own Elf on the Shelf:
This boxed set has everything needed to get started on your own Elf on the Shelf tradition. It includes: an Scout Elf, storybook and a keepsake box.
There's also a girl version of the exact set above with the same contents, just with a girl elf instead. Perfect for the little girl in your life!
3. Elf pets arctic fox, $49.99, Myer
Your child will love cuddling up to this adorable arctic fox plushie and reading the beautifully illustrated storybook.
4. Magnet set and Christmas countdown calendar, $21.28, Amazon
Bring The Elf on the Shelf to your fridge thanks to this nifty magnetic set. The included Christmas countdown is also magnetic as well!
5. The Elf on the Shelf snow globe, $21.81, Kogan
For a nice touch to your fireplace. sit this precious snow globe alongside your other Christmas stocking and decor.
We'd love to see where your hiding your elf, share your pics with us using #bhgaus on instagram.
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