36 Creative (and Easy) Things to Do With Elf on the Shelf for When You're All Out of Ideas
Where will those scouts turn up next? By now, most people have heard the story of how mother-daughter duo Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell started the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon based on a Christmas tradition they created as a family. So many people have followed in their footsteps every year. But if you haven't done it before, the rules are simple: The Scout Elf watches over your family, and reports back to Santa each night who is being naughty and who is being nice. After these nightly trips, they return to a new spot each day. Oh, one more thing — if your kids touch the elf, all of its elf magic goes away. (Meaning you're responsible for the elf's every move.) The framework seems easy enough, but there are so many possibilities of places to hide the elves and different scenarios to put them in — and there are a lot of days in December to come up with ideas for. If you need help getting started on your Elf on the Shelf journey, here are a few ideas. Some are funny, with elves wearing different costumes and disguises. Others are sweet — especially when kids find them in the kitchen, preferably near a plate of treats. And others are bordering on the "naughty" side, for sure. Make a list, check it twice, and you'll be set with ideas for the whole month.