ahh it’s that time of year again, where Santa is checking his list to see who’s been naughty or nice, enter the Elf on the Shelf.. personally i love that mischevious little elf..
you don’t have to sling flour all throughout your kitchen to have fun with your Elf. there are plenty of fun, creative ways your Elf can get into trouble or not. after all you are in control of your Elf’s behavior, so have fun with it.
- have your Elf wrap himself up in toilet paper, or better yet, have him TP the bathroom or Christmas tree.
- have your Elf stuffed into the center of a roll of toilet paper, make it look as if he barrel rolled down the stairs, leaving TP down each stair.
- have your Elf create a zip line from a light fixture to the top of a cabinet, bookcase or Christmas tree using yarn or string.
- have your Elf string a froot loop or cheerio necklace with a few froot loops or cheerios scattered on the counter.
- have your Elf hanging from a light fixture.
- have your Elf roasting marshmallows using a wooden skewer and a battery operated tea light, stage some chocolate chips and cut graham crackers into Elf size pieces.
- have your Elf sitting in a chair on a stack of books with the top book open, reading.
- have your Elf staged playing video games, game controller in his lap, games scattered about.
- have your Elf watching a DVD, kicked back in a recliner with the remote in his lap, add some popcorn.
- have your Elf doing yoga, downward dog, etc., use a washcloth as a yoga mat.
- have your Elf coloring in a color book or using a paint brush and watercolors.
- have your Elf having a tea party with Barbie and Ken or riding in their car.
- have your Elf building with blocks or legos.
- have your Elf brushing his teeth, add a few dabs of spilt toothpaste to the counter.
- have your Elf wedged upside down in the ice dispenser, or staged with a cup trying to get water.
- stage your Elf as if he got into the cookies, scatter cookie crumbs.
- have your Elf get into the bag of M&M’s, spell a message with them.
- have your Elf hiding in a kleenex box with his head popped out, scatter kleenex around.
- have your Elf playing with toys or games with stuffed animals.
- have your Elf in the printer face down, have a printed version left in the printer.
- have your Elf tangled in some Christmas lights.
- have your Elf in the refrigerator or freezer getting into the food.
- have your Elf cut out a paper snowflake leaving paper pieces scattered around.
- have your Elf hiding in stocking.
- stage your Elf using a laptop, desktop (use the mouse as a chair), iPad, kindle to shop online or use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
- have your Elf cuddled up in a dollhouse bed, make him/her a sleeping mask.
- have your Elf playing dress up with Barbie or Ken’s clothes.
- have your Elf writing in a diary, or a chalkboard, or dry erase board.
- use Barbie or GI Joe accessories as props.
- have your Elf applying makeup, heavy on the eye shadow or lipstick for fun.
- have your Elf using skin care products, lotion on his/her face or a cleansing mask.
- have your Elf listening to iPod or iPhone with ear buds on (use tape).
- have your Elf signing his Christmas cards.
- have your Elf playing with stickers, have them stuck to him/her or paper, counter tops, etc.
- have your Elf’s head caught in the mini blinds.
- have your Elf wrapping himself in wrapping paper, stage scissors, tape and pieces of wrapping scattered.
- have your Elf camping, make a teepee with 3 wooden skewers and some fabric and string, use a dishtowel as a sleeping bag, a tea light with some small rocks as a campfire.
- have your Elf playing with Playdoe or clay.
- have your Elf rappelling from the fireplace mantle or a cabinet with string, yarn or ribbon.
- use a washcloth and tie string around both ends creating a hammock for your Elf, tie both ends to furniture, decorations or even the bottom of the Christmas tree.
most of all have fun with it, don’t let it be stressful or a chore, your children are only small once and the holidays can be magical for those little guys and girls.
i remember when i was completely and totally convinced i saw Rudolf guiding Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.. for real!
below are just a few or our Elf’s mischief from last year, and yes the Dexter one is an adult version, i set it up for my husband..