2017 was the first year we did Elf on the Shelf. If I’m honest me and the Mr have had a lot of fun doing it! Almost as much as the kids enjoyed finding their elf ‘Buddy’ each morning to see what he had been up to. With the start of Advent this weekend I have been looking at Buddy’s sheenagins over the last few years, and thought I would share them with you. Hopefully it will give you some Elf on the Shelf ideas and inspiration and a litle chuckle too.
The kids are already super excited about their elf coming back to see them, and thinking about what he might do. We really did go in two feet first the last few years, so need to try and think up some equally good elf on the shelf ideas and scenarios for this year.
I can’t take credit for all the ideas, but if you like me are looking for Elf on the Shelf inpiration, then here is a peak at what Buddy got up to in our house the last few Christmases.
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Elf Being Messenger
We used our elf as delivery man on a few nights. Morning on 1st December marked his arrival and he bought along the kids’ advent calenders.
We also used him to deliver the kids invitations a few years ago to Lapland UK from the big man himself. If you get a chance to go it’s a truly magical Christmas experience.
This year we are fortunate enough to be going to the real Lapland in Finland. It’s a big surprise for the kids, but I’m hoping Buddy will be kind enough to tell the kids on the morning of our travels!
On Christmas Eve, he has to head home back to Lapland, but always leaves a note and our Christmas Eve box for us to open.
I have also seen people use their Elves to stage North Pole breakfast, something I might try this year!
Naughty Naughty Elf
By far my favourite elf on the shelf ideas and scenarios are when the little elf is getting up to no good. These were what the kids loved and still talk about today, but also what us parents had the most fun setting up. Here’s a few mischievous things Buddy has got up to.
Leaving toothpaste messages on the mirror,
Adding food colouring to the milk, and hiding out in the fridge!
Having a number two (choc drops and sprinkles no less!) in Isla’s dollhouse toilet,
Tying up Oliver’s Superheros,
They got their own back though at a later date!
And again the toys get their own back!
Stealing money from Mummy’s money box,
Drawing on the pictures,
Stealing chocolates from the tree.
My all time favourite though was eating all of Daddy’s advent calender! with smears of chocolate around his moosh.
We used a similar idea the following year, scratching off my advent calender scratch card.
Or even taping up over the kids playroom door! (watch your paint work with this one!)
Elves Just want to Have Fun
It’s also fun just to let him do his own thing now and then!
Creating snowangels in the kitchen,
Fishing in the cat bowl with his wellies on,
Watching the iPad with his new found friends,
Dressing up as a fairy,
Creating a Skittle rainbow for the kids.
Playing Pie Face with Barbie
Dressing up as Harry Potter!
Take an Elfie
We also had a lot of fun getting some great ‘Elfies’ and pinning them to the notice board one morning. Elfies with the kids sleeping, mixing with their toys and generally being a cheeky little elf!
Goodness only knows what Buddy will get up to this year! Hopefully by sharing what we have done over the last few years it has given you some inspiration, but if you need some more inspiration for Elf on the Shelf ideas, then check out and follow our Pinterest board.
Are you doing elf on the shelf this year? What are your favourite elf scenarios? Whatever you do enjoy the run up to Christmas.
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