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Having Fun in the Sun Elf Style
While enjoying a break from the cold North Pole, Elf decided to take a beach vacation with Barbie! 

Having Fun in the Sun Elf Style

While enjoying a break from the cold North Pole, Elf decided to take a beach vacation with Barbie! 

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2012

Elf on the Shelf is quickly becoming a Christmas household tradition,right alongside Christmas trees, decorative lights and giving gifts. If you are new to this tradition or even if you have been doing Elf on the Shelf for a few years, you can find a multitude of ideas for creating unique ways in which to display your elf’s creative, mischievous and caring nature. Kids love to discover each morning what their elf was up to overnight.  

Perhaps your little elf could lead your family on a scavenger hunt. Start by selecting a number of days for the scavenger hunt to last. (For example, start seven days before Christmas.) Have your elf displayed doing something funny but also include a riddle, rhyme or some other type of clue. The kids or other family members then use that clue to find a special prize.  This can be either something small and inexpensive or perhaps a piece of candy. Try stretching out the hunt so that the final day is Christmas morning and opening the gifts is the grand finale! Or, for added holiday fun, you can do this all in one day by having one clue lead to another and so on until you complete the hunt. This would be a great idea for a holiday party or simply a fun family activity.  Get creative and add your own unique touch based on what the members of your family like.  If you need a little inspiration or would like to have someone do all the work for you, check out this Scavenger Hunt creator. 

For other great ideas, think of the toys that your kids play with and what subjects, music, or hobbies interest them the most and come up with even more ideas for your elf.  Think about what is hot and trendy this year… the band One Direction, Legos, Monster High, Wii, Superheros, for example. 

To get you started here are a few ideas:

- Create a ‘zip-line’ through a room in your house. Have your elf zip line down with their favorite superhero (Iron Man, Batman or Buzz Lightyear for example) on the zip line as well in hot pursuit. 

- Use the LEGO Ninjago Skull Motorbike to make your elf appear to be riding it trying to get away from the Jay minifigure or Chopov skeleton figure.

- Use the LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Starter set but substitute your elf for one of the figures. Use a small stick to hold up your elf. 

- Have your elf compete with a Barbie or Iron Man using the Nintendo Wii gaming system. 

- Dress up your elf in clothes from the Monster High doll collection. Then line up your elf with other Monster High dolls.

- Have your elf spell out hints to the scavenger hunt mentioned above or other general greetings with the hot new game, Bananagrams.

- Find a group picture of the band One Direction. Cut out the individual group members. Place the pictures on cardboard so they can ‘stand up’. Create a little microphone and and stage using boxes or cardboard then have your elf singing with the band. 

- Use a picture of the band One Direction and take a picture of your elf. Cut out the outline of your elf and place him in the picture with One Direction. Then use the picture as the cover for a CD case. Have the music playing and the elf sitting in front of the CD player with the case. Use any other singer or band as well.

It can be a sad time when Christmas is over and your elf has to return to the North Pole. A great idea for your last day with your elf is to simply have your elf sitting somewhere with a nice ‘goodbye until next year’ letter on paper or an Ipad. This is a nice way to sum up the season. If you feel creative, you can make a video tribute or compile into a book the pictures you took of your elf’s adventures. Continue to make Elf on the Shelf your new family tradition for generations to come. 

Elf on the Shelf Sick Day
"My magic is low… NO MORE TOUCHING!"
hmmm… someone apparently loved their elf a little too hard!  

Elf on the Shelf Sick Day

"My magic is low… NO MORE TOUCHING!"

hmmm… someone apparently loved their elf a little too hard!  

Hide and Seek with Elf
'Elfeel' goes incognito in the Christmas cards.

Hide and Seek with Elf

'Elfeel' goes incognito in the Christmas cards.

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas from 2011 Featuring Barbie

That girl seemed to bring out an Elf’s taste for show. Bieber Elf (December 14th 2011) rocks out in Justin’s clothes with a pretty young lady by his side to give him moral support. He certainly loved being the center of attention in Jersey Shore Elf on December 19th.

If your Elf is more of a sporty personality, however, he might want to take his girl to watch him scuba dive (December 17th). She can be a real sports fan, cheering on the sporty elf in her life. And it’s also good to see that he can spend time relaxing. Check out this Elf on December 16th, sharing a Jacuzzi with his lady friend. There’s no doubt that cute Elf is a versatile little guy.

Or you might want to think about how helpful your Elf can be around a doll house. He’s the perfect size so that when the time is right, he can move right in. One Elf helped hang the Christmas decorations (December 23rd).

Of course elves, like people, are not always perfect. Some of the Elf’s most hilarious moments of 2011 came as a result of some overindulgence in festive spirit. Check out what happened to the Elf on the Shelf after too much champagne on December 21st and on the same day, after too many candy canes.

So the world’s best loved girl doll and the Elf got to know each other. They went out on dates and he made himself useful around the house. You know how this story ends. Girl meets Elf. They fall in love. They get married. The pink Barbie car – what self-respecting, doll loving little girl doesn’t have one – is the perfect vehicle for your Elf and the Shelf and his new wife to be photographed as they set off on honeymoon. And speaking of honeymoons, don’t forget to have your newlyweds send a postcard. Check out this happy couple’s wonderful Newlywed card from December 12th.

So after a sparkling 2011, what will 2012 hold for the Elf on the Shelf? More romance? An appearance on the X Factor? An audition for the voice? Could this be the year your Elf and his girl travel the world or maybe even start a family. Let Barbie should be a source of inspiration for your Elf. Don’t leave your Elf lonely this year!

25 Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

If you haven’t heard of the Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition yet, you will soon! The family tradition is quickly catching on with more and more families incorporating it every year. The Elf on the Shelf comes to your home and gets into everything as the kids sleep. When they wake up, they have to find the Elf and see what he was up to the night before. The idea is that the Elf is always watching them and reporting directly back to Santa if they’ve been naughty or nice, but are frozen in place during the day while the kids are awake. While this is a fun tradition, it can also be time consuming for an already busy mom or dad to come up with new Elf on the Shelf ideas every night. That’s why we’ve come up with more than 20 ways for parents to bring their Elf to life in ten minutes or less. With this list, it’s easy to find creative, entertaining Elf on the Shelf ideas, even late at night when all mom and dad want to do is hit the sack!

1. Hang the adventurous Elf from a chandelier.

2. Put the Elf in a cookie jar and take a bite out of a few (or all) of the cookies.

3. Sit the Elf inside a cup or on a plate that your child uses at breakfast time. Sprinkle some cereal in and around the plate. Looks like the Elf woke up for a little midnight snack!

4. Sit the Elf in your child’s shoe so he finds him when he’s getting dressed in the morning.

5. If you have exercise machines at home, place him on the machine. After eating so much, he needs to get in his 30 minutes of fitness!

6. Hang the Elf from the pull strings on your child’s blinds or on the blinds in a common area of the home. The Elf wants the family to rise and shine. 

7. Place the Elf in the medicine cabinets (preferably in the bathroom your child uses). Wrap him around your child’s toothbrush and show them that even the Elf has good hygiene!

8. Put the Elf in your mailbox and have your kids check the mail.

9. Hang the Elf outside your kitchen window facing in. 

10. Spread toilet paper all over the bathroom and place the Elf in the middle of the room.

11. Fill the bathroom sink with marshmallows and place the Elf inside. 

12. Place the Elf in the passenger seat of your car so your child finds him as he gets in. 

13. Sit the Elf on a shelf in the refrigerator. 

14. Place the Elf in your pet’s food bowl. 

15. Put the Elf in mom’s jewelry box wearing some of her jewelry.

16. Hang some of your kid’s socks from the mantle where the stockings are hung and place the Elf on top.

17. Open your child’s coloring books, spread some crayons out and position the Elf on a partially colored page in the book. 

18. If you have a candy jar, put the elf in the jar holding a lollipop.

19. Sit the Elf in one of your child’s toy cars or play houses.

20. Put the Elf in the tub with a small towel nearby.

21. Pick out a really funny, mismatched outfit for your child, place it near the bed and sit the Elf on top of it. 

22. Unwrap a pile of candy, place the pile of empty wrappers on the kitchen counter and place the Elf nearby. This accomplishes two things. It gives you a brilliant Elf on the Shelf idea while getting rid of some of that pesky left over Halloween candy!

23. Wrap the Elf’s little arms around your cell phone and show your kids that he can text Santa too!

24. Place the Elf in mom’s purse, reaching for some money. 

25. One of the easiest and more obvious placements for the Elf, sit him directly on or below the tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival!

The Elf on the Shelf tradition is a fun, creative way for the whole family to get involved in Christmas fun. In just ten minutes or less, you can bring laughter, joy and surprise to your little ones each morning when they see what the Elf was up to as they slept!

Elf on the Shelf Promotes Healthy Teeth
Leon wanted to remind the children to brush, brush, brush, floss, floss, floss!! They really hate to brush & floss!! =)

Elf on the Shelf Promotes Healthy Teeth

Leon wanted to remind the children to brush, brush, brush, floss, floss, floss!! They really hate to brush & floss!! =)

Top 10 Elf on the Shelf Ideas of 2011

Elf on the Shelf is always a fun family tradition.  Parents have fun setting up their family elf’s nightly adventures and watching little ones shout with delight as they discover their elf’s mischievousness in the morning . The creativity and imagination displayed by these elves (and their host families) is impressive.

Now, as we are gearing up for the holiday season of 2012, we want to take a look back at a few of the amazing Elf on the Shelf Ideas submissions we received last year. We hope this will give you a little bit of inspiration as you begin planning your family elf’s 2012 arrival and adventures.

Elf on the Shelf Bungee Jumping

This is a great movie submitted by one of our readers.  His family’s elf decided to take the daring plunge and go bungee jumping!  

Angry Elves

The angry elf on the shelf decided to play angry birds.

Sipping on Syzzrp

This submission shows an elf on the shelf sipping Aunt Jemima Lite syrup with a date. The Barbie doll in question must be on a diet. It seems they forgot either the milk or the pancake.

Playing Popping Penguins

This elf decided to take a break from all the Christmas decorating and play a quick game of Popping Penguins with his friends.

Gone Fishing

This guy thought it’d be great to take a quick fishing break. Can you imagine the kids’ shrieks of delight when they found him?

Decorating the Dollhouse

Even the girls’ dollhouse got decked out for the holidays thanks to this thoughtful elf!

Zhu-Zhu Pet Reindeer

Elfie was missing the North Pole and decided to find some “reindeer” of his own and go for a sleigh ride!

Fast Food Run

This little guy made a quick dash out to McD’s for a late night snack.

Snow Flakes and Paper Chains

Inspired by the movie “Elf”, this guy takes his Christmas decorating very seriously!

Making S’mores

Even elves love the gooey chocolate goodness of s’mores. Consider following this up with an invitation from your elf to make s’more again with the kids!

We had so many great submissions last year and choosing the top ten was extremely difficult.  We hope you enjoyed looking back and feel inspired now.  Browse the archives for even more ideas! And don’t forget to continue checking this site for more ideas as we’ve begun regularly posting even more Elf on the Shelf submissions from last year and are beginning to think about our family’s elf’s arrival for this upcoming Christmas!

Elf Alvin’s Meet and Greet
This was his 1st appearance: meet Alvin!

Elf Alvin’s Meet and Greet

This was his 1st appearance: meet Alvin!

Elf on the Shelf Roasting Marshmallows
This elf is having a grand ol’ time with her racoon friends roasting marshmallows! How fun! 

Elf on the Shelf Roasting Marshmallows

This elf is having a grand ol’ time with her racoon friends roasting marshmallows! How fun! 

Elf on the Shelf Watching Chistmas Movies
Buddy watching Christmas movies :)

Elf on the Shelf Watching Chistmas Movies

Buddy watching Christmas movies :)

Gingerbread Elf on the Shelf
Alvin, our elf is sneaking a gingerbread cookie

Gingerbread Elf on the Shelf

Alvin, our elf is sneaking a gingerbread cookie

Mississippi State Elf on the Shelf

Mississippi State Elf on the Shelf

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Resources
I walked into a toy store at the mall last week and saw several new Elf on the Shelf products that looked like fun but I’m not quite ready for Christmas yet since fall just began….but I am ready to start thinking about my kids second favorite holiday Halloween. I’m giving away a bunch of free useful stuff related to having a Halloween scavenger hunt including:
Halloween Scavenger Hunt Clues
Halloween Scavenger Hunt Riddles
FREE Halloween Scavenger Hunt
So if you are having a Halloween Party for your family or one for the neighborhood I’m hoping these might be useful resources and give you a great idea for a Halloween game.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Resources

I walked into a toy store at the mall last week and saw several new Elf on the Shelf products that looked like fun but I’m not quite ready for Christmas yet since fall just began….but I am ready to start thinking about my kids second favorite holiday Halloween. I’m giving away a bunch of free useful stuff related to having a Halloween scavenger hunt including:

So if you are having a Halloween Party for your family or one for the neighborhood I’m hoping these might be useful resources and give you a great idea for a Halloween game.

Elf Campout with Moxie Girl
Campout with moxie girl

Elf Campout with Moxie Girl

Campout with moxie girl

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