The Elf on the Shelf craze started in America and features a small toy elf who appears in homes on December 1. Usually, he is accompanied by a note telling children of his name, and how he’ll report back to Santa on their good behaviour. The elf is a mischievous one, and throughout December hides around the house causing all kinds of mayhem.
The Elf on the Shelf has taken hold of the UK, with many parents finding the little creature a good way of ensuring good behaviour in the run-up to Christmas.
The festive fun originates from The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition – a 2005 picture book which comes with a pixie scout elf.
Children are told the elf has been sent by Santa to look over them and report back on whether they have been naughty or nice.
Parents move the elf around the home to different locations, so he appears somewhere new when children wake up in the morning.
Parents have also taken to social media to showcase their ideas for where to place the Elf around the home.
Each day the Elf hides and children have to find him and discover what he’s been up to overnight.
Bringing the magic of Christmas alive, the Elf on the Shelf is a great addition to the usual advent calendar.
Thinking of places to put the elf each day might seem like hard work, so here are some ideas!
1. Have your elf arrive with a note and some sweets for the children
2. Make your elf a hammock out of toilet paper
3. Stage him to look like he’s eaten some chocolate – smear some on his face to take it further
4. Sprinkle some sugar or some flour on a table and have the elf make a snow angel
5. Have elf ambushed by some other toys
6. Pose elf with a pen and draw minions on bananas
7. Transform an empty toilet roll tube into a swing for your little elf friend
8. If your child has been naughty, you could have your elf write them a warning note for the naughty list
9. Pose your elf to look like he’s roasting marshmallows over a candle
10. Use some marshmallows and a straw to create dumbbells for your elf to lift (He’s in training for helping Santa carry all those presents!)
11. Have your elf hold signs declaring they are on strike and won’t move for naughty children
12. Pop your phone on selfie mode and pose elf so he looks as though he’s taking a photo
13. Unwind some toilet paper and wrap it around the Christmas tree so it looks like your elf has done it
14. Have your elf hang from a bauble on the tree
15. Pose elf in front of the TV so it looks like he’s watching a Christmas film
16. Make the elf a fort out of toilet rolls
Other ideas could be hanging the elf from lampshades, giving presents for good behaviour or pose him eating your child’s favourite cereal – the possibilities are endless.