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Quirky Ideas for your Elf on the Shelf..

November 2, 2016
This post was sponsored by the team at Paper Plus, all content and opinions stated here are my own.
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If you have children in your life then no doubt you’ve heard of the Elf on the Shelf and this Christmas marks the “official launch” of The Elf on the Shelf in New Zealand.

About The Elf on the Shelf that my family adopted.
Our elf’s name is Elfie. He makes his appearance on the night of 31st November (discovered by one or all of my kids on the morning of 1st December).  He hangs around getting up to all sorts of activities until he heads back to the North Pole with Santa on Christmas Eve.

I like traditions so to help you  I have rounded up some of my favorite  Elf on the Shelf Ideas.
Something that makes Elf on the Shelf fabulous is that we are only limited by our imaginations.

elf-with-numbers1. A dramatic arrival up top of a army tank.

2. Caught in the act of midnight snacking.

3. Just hanging out.

4. In a sticky situation.

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elf on the shelf ideas

5.  Sits atop a throne.

6. He’s also a creative and clearly a fan on The Minions.

From a Parenting perspective the Elf on the Shelf tradition..

  • Encourages Imagination. Imaginative play doesn’t come naturally to all children, Christmas is such an abstract concept for my youngest to understand. So we sit together and read the book that arrived with our Elf and we talk about the relationship between Elfee, Christmas and Santa Claus.
  • Builds Anticipation. Makes waiting for Christmas fun, what will your Elf do today?
  • Prompts Communication. We find our Elf, we talk and Jacob can ask questions about our Elf on the Shelf and Christmas.  What’s Santa’s last name? Where does he live? Where’s the North Pole?  Anything that gets him talking and engaging with us is a good thing
  • Basic Play Skills. Every morning when the kids awake up, I ask them about Elfie. They get huge bright smiles and run to the spot from the day before looking around the room for our Elf. It’s like playing hide and seek every morning.


I hope you liked reading about Elfies escapades, please let me know in the comments any suggestions you have for my Elf on the Shelf.
Let me know if you are participating in this Elf on the Shelf tradition this Christmas.

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