01 December 2019 00:33

Elf on the Shelf

Ideas for Elf on the Shelf to get every parent through December this year

55 ECHO readers genius ideas inspired by Elf on the Shelf It's that time of year again when the Elf on the Shelf craze takes off. Lots of elves are due to make an appearance on the first day of December, to spying on your children and fly back to the North Pole each night to report back to Santa on how well behaved they have been. The idea is that grown ups then pose the elves each night for the kids to discover the next morning. But if your family have been doing this Christmas tradition for a few years, then you might be starting to run out of ideas. So we asked our readers to send in pictures of their genius ideas inspired by Elf on the Shelf.

Taking the internet by storm each December, the Elf on the Shelf is a mischievous friend of Santa Claus, reporting back to him each night. The elf travels from the North Pole at the start of December, and each day on the run-up to Christmas hides around the house for the children to find. The book arrives with a pixie scout elf who is a mischievous confidant of Santa Claus. Each night in December the elf flies back to the North Pole to tell Santa whether the children have been naughty or nice. The elf hides around the house on his return and often creates havoc - hiding toys, writing messages and stealing sweets to name a few.

Elf on the Shelf ideas 2019: The elves get up to mischief each day of advent READ MORE Christmas flights: The cheapest time to fly Some have even found their elf trapped inside the television! The perfect addition to an advent calendar, the elf helps children behave on the countdown to Christmas and makes the festive season come to life. Appearing on December 1, the Elf on the Shelf book tells of how he will be reporting back to Santa each night on the run-up to Christmas Day. You can introduce the elf with a letter written to your children, telling them the rules for having the elf in their home and asking them to pick his or her name. Elf on the Shelf ideas 2019: Children pick a name that suits their elf when he or she arrives Elf on the Shelf ideas 2019: The adorable and sometimes naughty elf reports to Santa each night Some parents use their elf to write messages to the children, telling them to behave or rewarding them for good behaviour. Your elf can return from the North Pole with a candy cane (or your child's favourite sweets) to thank them for being good.

Elf on the Shelf ideas 2019: The elves come with a book which explained their rules Last year social media was full of parents posting creative ideas of how they had posed their elf. The hashtag will surely come back to life as we head into December, so checking it may give you some good ideas for where to put your elf. In previous years the Elf on the Shelf trend may have passed some people by. But this Christmas it seems every toy shop has a version of the little mischief-makers, ready to be taken home and scout out who should be on the naughty list. The craze started in the US almost 15 years ago and is based on a children's book about elves sent from the North Pole to check children are being nice in the run up to Christmas.

The elves, who ironically are often candidates for the naughty list themselves, are placed in different locations around the house for children to find in the morning. Although the result is charming and magical for children, for many parents the elves have become a huge burden as they have to come up with 25 amusing ideas of how to leave the elf over night, assuming they remember at all. Of course some parents like to have a little fun with their elves. Check out this list of Elf on the Shelf ideas, some of which are not suitable for children. Elf on the Shelf Ideas December 4:Set up a game between Elf and another toy.

December 5: Have the elf put up some Christmas decorations, tinsel or twinkly lights, and wrap the elf up in them so it looks as though he or she is stuck. December 7: Have Elf waiting for the children with some treats ready for to watch a Christmas film December 9: Elf makes a trail of shoes to the Christmas tree December 10:Help Elf on the Shelf encourage your family to do good deeds. December 12: Let the elf loose in your fruit bowl with a felt tip and draw funny faces on your bananas and oranges. December 14: Set up a craft activity for the children, and leave a note from the elf explaining what to do. December 16: Set up a little picnic or tea party for the elf and some of your children's other toys. December 18: Keep it simple, and have the elf reading a book. December 19: Play a prank on the kids and have the elf dye a bottle of milk green with food colouring. December 20: The elf is helping himself to some chocolate, perhaps from someone's advent calendar. December 21: Put the elf in the kitchen with everything you need to make a delicious hot chocolate for a treat the weekend before Christmas. December 23: Have the elf ready in the morning with some special Christmas cookies, or the ingredients to make them if you fancy doing some baking with the kids. December 24: The elf is reading the Night Before Christmas. December 25: Elf sits on a pile of presents with a note thanking the children for being good and saying he or she is off home to see Father Christmas. "Santa Claus sends his Scout Elfs straight from the North Pole to homes all around the world!" The official Elf on the Shelf website lists 11 countries along with the United States. I don't like the mischievous elf on or off the shelf. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, a children's book, written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, was self-published in 2005. Kids know if you are on the naughty list, you don't get gifts from Santa. Children believe what parents tell them. Parents that threaten kids with elf to control disruptive or dishonest behaviors need their own "Supervisor Elf on the Workplace Shelf" or "Boss Elf on the Desk" or "Spy Elf in the Break Room." What about "Elf in the Car" to report adults for speeding or road rage? Read the following description: "The Elf on the Shelf® is a fun-filled Christmas tradition that has captured the hearts of children everywhere who welcome home one of Santa's Scout Elves each holiday season. The magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his nice list by taking note of a family's Christmas adventures and reporting back to Santa at the North Pole nightly. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Scout Elf." www.elfontheshelf.com. Parents, do not shift your discipline responsibilities to a toy elf. Tell your kids the tattling elf is not alive. Invite the kids to make-up comical scenes with toy elf. Elf on the Shelf is certainty an International Christmas controversy. In addition to hot cocoa, holiday movies, dazzling lights and mad dashes to the store, you also have to figure out a bazillion-and-one places to hide your kids' beloved "Elf on the Shelf." If your kids doubted they were going to the North Pole and reporting to Santa, they bring proof with a melted snowman. Elf on the Shelf returns! Sure, the kids play with their toys all the time. But tucking the little elf neatly into a toy box, or buried at the bottom of it? What kid would think the family elf would "hide" in such an open space? Especially if you have a little tray or decorations that draw attention to the area, kids should find this relatively quickly. But if you create a little display, like the one below where the elf is shown painting, it will be easier. You may have to hint and tell your kids to look upward. What a funny little surprise it will be to see the elf get his arm day on. Tell the kids the elf went out for a day trip and will return home in the evening. How often do your kids check out the decor in the house? Read or Share this story: -on-the-shelf-ideas-easy-cute-funny-hiding-spots/4310580002/