Has the Elf On The Shelf arrived at your house this holiday season? The cherub, magical elves are a ton of fun for children, but they do take a little bit of planning and a whole lot of imagination from the parents. Coming up with a month’s worth of creative hiding spots for your elf can be an arduous task. To give you some ideas, I put together a list of fun Elf On The Shelf printables to help you create the most magical adventures from your visiting scout elf that will delight your children.
Elf On The Shelf Printables
These Elf On The Shelf printables are available from graphic designers on Etsy. You pay a small fee for the design and you can print as many copies as you need using your home printer. You can even re-print them year after year for as long as your elf scout comes to stay with your family. Many of these printables can be personalized and some files are even editable, allowing you to write your own sayings.
Elf On The Shelf Planners
If you are planning to invite a scout elf into your home to keep an eye on who is naughty and who is nice, you will need to do a little planning ahead of time to ensure your elf has a smooth visit and is able to get back and forth to the North Pole to report to Santa each night. Here are a couple of selections for organizing your Elf On The Shelf. If you like to keep it simple, a cute, elf themed monthly calendar may be all the inspiration you need for tracking your elf. Or if you prefer to plan every single detail, a planner with multiple planning sheets may be a good choice for you.
You’ve Been Elfed Sign & Gift Tag
Put your elf to work spreading holiday cheer and goodwill throughout your neighborhood this season. Your kids will be delighted to leave “secret” treats on your neighbor’s doorsteps, and it teaches them about giving in the spirit of Christmas. This printable set includes one “You’ve been Elfed” Treat Tag and one “We’ve Been Elfed” Door Sign.
This holiday printable is fun for the whole family! A fun act of kindness for your elf to start the holiday season being thankful and generous. Just package up a treat, print out 2 copies of the sign and tag, and leave on your neighbor’s front porch. Ring the bell and dash away! The tag encourages the recipient to put the “We’ve Been Elfed” sign on their door, and to use the extra copies of the sign and tag to pass along some holiday treats to a neighbor who has not yet been elfed.
There are two greetings available: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.
This House Is Under Elf Surveillance Signs
Announce the arrival of your scout elf with a printable “this house is under elf surveillance” sign. A sign is a great visible reminder for kids to be on their best behavior because the elf will be reporting to Santa each night. Santa knows who’s been naughty or nice! Display the sign on a mantle or side table so it is always visible. Kids will be extra motivated to make Santa’s “good” list.
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Elf On The Shelf Welcome Letters
The arrival of one of Santa’s elves from the North Pole is incredibly exciting for children. Make it an even more magical experience by introducing your elf to the family with an inviting, personalized welcome letter. Kids will be delighted to see a letter addressed to them from your elf. Let the Christmas fun begin!
Elf On The Shelf Adoption Certificates
When your scout elf arrives from the North Pole, he needs a name to receive his magical powers that allow him to travel safely to the North Pole each evening to report to Santa on who’s been naughty and nice. Commemorate the naming of your elf by welcoming him into your family with official adoption papers. This is a good time to read the Elf On The Shelf book and establish the rules with your children. Once your elf receives his name, it is very important for the children to remember not to touch him or his magical powers will fade or disappear and he may not be able to get to the North Pole for his nightly check-ins.
Elf On The Shelf Report Cards
The duty of your scout elf is to be the eyes and ears of Santa and watch the behaviors of your children and report back to Santa each night while they are sleeping. Santa listens to the elf and makes a report for the elf to take back to the children. The children are told whether Santa feels they have been nice or naughty. If kids want to make the good list, they need to be careful that Santa doesn’t fill out too many naughty reports.
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Elf On The Shelf Activity Cards And Jokes
Every night, when your elf returns from the North Pole after giving Santa an updated report on the children in their host home, they like to have a little fun while everyone is still sleeping. They are known to be a little naughty and get into mischief but they usually do so with good intentions. They really love to perform random acts of kindness, leave little gifts for the human children to find and participate in holiday traditions and activities. Their favorite game to play is hide-and-seek and they fall asleep in the oddest places while waiting for the children to awaken. Here are some Elf On The Shelf printable activity cards, games and jokes to keep your elf busy all month long.
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Elf On The Shelf Photo Booth Props
Elves love having their picture taken! Here are some fun photo booth and photo prop ideas for your elf to do a photo shoot for creating keepsakes for the family to enjoy long after your scout elf goes back to the North Pole after Christmas. If your kids are into superheroes, Disney Frozen or Lego, they will be thrilled to find their elf snapping selfies of themselves in one these fun get-ups. Or maybe your elf is a bit more traditional and prefers the holiday themed photo props for a photo shoot. Lots of fun for your elf and the kids!
Elf On The Shelf Goodbye Letters
On Christmas Eve, it is time to say goodbye to your elf. Your elf needs to get back to the North Pole to deliver a final report to Santa and get back to work building toys in Santa’s toy shop for next year. Help your kids say farewell to your elf with a goodbye letter and a promise to return next year for more holiday fun. Children will be brimming with excitement in anticipation of the arrival of Santa. All that is left for the kids to do is set out some cookies and milk for Santa and some carrots for his reindeer and wait for Christmas morning to see if they made the good list or the naughty list.
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Elf On The Shelf Printable Props And Accessories
Still looking for ideas? Here are a handful of printable accessories that you can use to set up different scenes. I really love the magical seeds that grow into candy canes. Too cute! You could also set up your elf with their favorite game or book. Or you can print out personalized mini letters from your elf for your child to receive each day.
Elf On The Shelf Printable Packs
Elf On The Shelf printable packs have a ton of elf fun bundled into one package. Each pack includes something different including a mixture of welcome and goodbye letters, report cards, photo booth props, activity cards and more. These bundles include lots of great ideas and printables for giving your children a magical elf experience they will remember forever (well, until next year anyways).
Funny Elf Signs For Adults Coping With Their Mischievous House Guest
Tired of your mischievous elf over staying their welcome? These funny elf signs are great for getting through the long days and nights of coping with your house guest. I recommend drinking wine, lots and lots of wine! These printable elf signs make great gifts too! The signs are 8″ x 10″.
Still Looking For More Inspiration? Check Out These Fun Elf On The Shelf Ideas For Creating A Truly Magical Experience For Your Family!
Place a magical elf door on a shelf or mantle to invite an elf into your home for the holidays. Kids will be delighted checking the door each morning to see if an elf has entered. Set the door up a week or so before your elf is due to arrive to draw out their excitement for as long as possible.
Send a batch of adorable decorated sugar cookies with your elf from the North Pole as a surprise for your family. These hand decorated cookies are made to order and heat sealed to ensure they arrive at your home at their freshest. Yummy!
It gets chilly at night with the heat turned down low. Give your elf a warm and cozy mermaid blanket to keep him warm upon his return flight from the North Pole. He will appreciate the gesture!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you found these Elf On The Shelf printables helpful! Happy holidays!