Christmas is one of those times that we get see a glimpse of of magic through the eyes of our children. This is one of the many reasons we love this season! Now, there are so many different ways to make the holiday even more special, and the creation of the Elf on the Shelf is one of them! In our families, we try very hard to teach our children the gift of giving this season. We have implemented this spirit of giving into our Elf on the Shelf tradition – not only is it fun for the kids, but it also gets them excited about helping others, and being grateful for the things they have been blessed with. We have created this calendar in the hopes that it will make this Elf on the Shelf easier for all you parents out there! This time of year can be hectic – we get it! So moving your elf can go from a fun idea, to an extra point of stress as we busy parents try to come up with different ideas each day – or even just remembering to move the thing! Hopefully this calendar will help make this tradition fun for the whole family!
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Day 1: Elf arrives with Christmas letter and gift.
Day 2: Elf is reading the story of Jesus’ birth and has an activity that you can do with your child.
Day 3: Elf builds a tower out of canned goods with a note to deliver them to a charity of your choice.
Day 4: Elf is making a mini paper chain to countdown to Christmas. You can make a paper chain with your child to hang in your house!
Day 5: Elf zip-lines with other stuffed friends. Elves at Play is a great purchase to help with accessories! It includes 60 ideas, including glacier grips, candy cane cable, a snowflake swing, and more! Purchase it from Amazon here. If you do not have this kit, you can always use ribbon, fishing line, or string for your zip-line.
Day 6: Elf replaces your stockings with underwear – this is sure to get the kids giggling!
Day 7: Elf suggests taking a meal to an elderly relative. My grandmother’s favorite meal is a Happy Meal, and the kids love it too, so it is a win-win!
Day 8: Elf wraps toilet paper around the Christmas tree.
Day 9: Elf is playing photographer and is taking pictures of the other toys wearing fun masks and using fun props! Amazon as a super cute set that includes 31 pieces for only $7.99! Click here to purchase! These will be super cute to reuse at your holiday parties!
Day 10: Everyone loves to receive a compliment! Elf is filling out a compliment card for your child, and has included a stack for you and your child to fill out for family members to deliver.
Day 11: Elf makes a streamer “cage” by zigzagging streamers back and forth in front of the door that the child has to break through to leave their room in the morning!
Day 12: Elf delivers a bouquet of flowers (like daisies), along with a sheet of Bible verses, and instructions. The child is meant to cut our the Bible verses (click here to print the verses we are using), tie them to a flower, and pass them out at a local store (like a Wal Mart or grocery store) to people as they enter or exit. We heard about a child doing this years ago, and couldn’t wait to have our children do this!
Day 13: Elf is having a dance party with the other toys.
Day 14: Elf is cooking, and has left our recipes and ingredients for you and your child to make cookies! Once they have cooled, package them and deliver some yummy treats to family and friends!
Day 15: Elf is “FaceTiming” with another elf friend, and leaves instructions for your child to FaceTime a relative that lives far away.
Day 16: Elf is decorating one of the trees in ceramic village.
Day 17: Elf is eating a donut, and has left some donuts and fruit out for a breakfast treat!
Day 18: Elf plays princess dress-up with the other princess dolls.
Day 19: Elf is eating popcorn and is watching a Christmas movie, and leaves popcorn and a new Christmas movie out for a family movie night.
Day 20: Elf is building a house out of Legos or blocks, and leaves instructions to pick up some donations for the local Ronald McDonald House. This is a wonderful organization that houses sick children and their families as they undergo treatment. Click here for a list of items they request to be donated, or click here to find your local Ronald McDonald House for a specific wish list needed in your area.
Day 21: Elf draws silly faces on the glass of picture frames with a dry erase marker.
Day 22: Elf is dressed to go shopping, and has a shopping bag and a list of items needed at a local nursing home. Most nursing homes have a list of items they need, so you can call a nursing home in your area to find out any specific needs. While there, have your child sing some Christmas carols to some of the residents you see!
Day 23: Elf is playing a board game with some other toys.
Day 24: Elf has his bags packed and has written a goodbye letter to your child, letting them know how proud he is that they have embraced the gift of giving this holiday season!
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Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas season! We can’t wait to see your Elf on the Shelf ideas on social media! Thanks for stopping by!