'Tis the season to be jolly! If you’re like many parents out there, you’re exhausted this time of year! Between holiday programs, shopping, and making the season magical for your little ones it’s no wonder you’re tired! The last thing on your mind at the end of the day is where to hide that pesky little elf! We’ve gathered some quick and easy last minute Elf on the Shelf ideas to help you out! So kick back and relax!
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Elf on a Toilet Paper Roll Swing: Easy, creative, and the kids will think it’s so funny! Simply take whatever toilet paper roll you have, thread a string through it and tie it up somewhere in your home. Place your elf on it, and the night is yours!
“Elf” Yourself: Draw on your bathroom mirror an elf hat, and collar. Use an expo marker, liquid chalk pens, or washable paint for easy clean-up! Your kids will love putting their face in the reflection to look like their elf!
Toilet Paper Snowman: Stack three full rolls of toilet paper on top of each other. Draw a snowman face on the TP, and simply put your elf inside the top hole of the toilet paper! Nothing makes kids giggle like bathroom humor!
Elf Listens to Music: Place your elf somewhere lounging in your home, take some earbuds and place them next to your elves ears! You may need to use some double sided tape to help hold the earbuds on. Add to the fun by writing a few Christmas songs on a small paper set down near your elf! Then listen to those songs with your children!
Elf on a Sled: Grab 5-6 candy canes and tape together. Add your elf to the sled, tape may be needed to keep your elf from falling. Then place your elf and sled on a nice incline, like a banister, to add to the sledding atmosphere! Add some cotton balls surrounding the sled to give it a winter wonderland look.
Mountain Climbing Elf: Grab some yarn or string. Tie one end of the string to the top of the tree, place the string down the tree, and add your elf. You can even twist the string around the elf to look as if they are backing rope, like a rock climber.
Elf Playing Cards: Using your favorite card game, place your elf holding a few cards. You can even add another toy or doll to play against your elf. If a game of cards isn’t something your children are interested in, use a gaming controller in place of the cards!
Elf in a Jar: For many children, not being able to hold, or show their elf around can be hard. As the days to Christmas dwindle, choose a day when you will be out and about for this fun idea. Grab a mason jar, or any clear jar with a lid. Put the elf in the jar and add a little note from your elf explaining that since their days together are nearing an end they want to have an adventure with your little one! Then your children can spend the day packing your elf around and showing them all kinds of things!
The holidays are stressful enough! Don’t let a silly elf tradition get you overwhelmed! Focus on you and your family, and making magical memories together!