Our Elf on the Shelf, Buddy, will be returning tonight for the girls to find him tomorrow morning. We are excited for our Elf’s return and the girls are both old enough to really enjoy him being here this year. So I wanted to start a series of sharing last year’s Elf on the Shelf ideas. Because I realize, that while the holiday (and the internet) are filled with all sorts of fun traditions, it can also be a stressful time of year. So many things are going on and you are ONLY ONE PERSON.
So I am here to help… any way I can! And since I am naturally a planner, I want to share what I have, in hopes that it will make having an Elf house guest even easier for you. I have found that if I have a list of ideas in advance, I can better create crazy Elf Shenanigans at night. So I have below all 24 nights of Elf craziness, all in one spot, to get you to Christmas without panicking! And no midnight Pinterest searching!!
Also, if you want to see what Buddy is up to this year, follow me on Instagram, where I will be posting daily. Also, if you wanted, use these step -by-step Elf Modifications to make your Elf flexible and sticky, just like our Buddy! OK, let’s get too it!
Night 1: Buddy arrives with a note
Last year the note was the one that I printed out from “registering” Buddy with the Elf on the Shelf webpage. Or you can write your own, OR you can use any of these ideas.
Night 2: Coloring
Such a simple set up that got a lot of laughs. My oldest, E was very much in to coloring and loved that Buddy had colored a picture just for her. Check out these Elf on the Shelf printable coloring pages: Christmas Tree, Santa, and Elves.
Night 3: Buddy and a truck load of friends
While we follow the “no touching” rule with our Elf, this one is tricky with him being on the floor all day. But the girls kept their hands off, stopping to “chat” with him through out the day.
Night 4: The TP Trapeze
I’ll be honest, not all of my idea were highly thought out. Some times I just went with what I was thinking at the time. Mostly to keep Buddy up high and doing something interesting…
Night 5: Let It Go
At the height of the Frozen craze, this printable from Over The Big Moon was all ready to go in my “oops I forgot to move him” idea bag! (And there are four characters to choose from!)
Night 6: The Importance of Dental Hygiene
E was just learning how to brush her own teeth & I thought Buddy could help. She was very upset he was using her toothbrush! Oops!!
Night 7: Trapped under a cup
This is one I see a lot of online. An easy, and funny way to keep Buddy from being touched all day!
PS I love having Christmas themed post-its for Buddy to write notes to us on!
Night 8: Tea Party with Minnie Mouse
This is one of the few high places I could set Buddy with with friends & he wouldn’t get touched. Easy to set up too with a friend & some play food.
Night 9: Climbing the garland
Another easy move if you already have decorations like it around. Having Buddy modified, see this post for instructions, was a huge help with this one.
Night 10: Hi Fishies!
You can start to see this week that I was not preparing as well as the first week! It was hard since all of the girls’ toys were stored in their room. So elf ideas had to come from what I could do after they were in bed…
Night 11: Now on the TV
Not the best idea, but he moved! Parenting is hard some times 🙂
Night 12: Dusting the curtain tops
Don’t over think this Elf thing. Sure there are lists, and Pinterest boards… but some times keeping it simple is good enough. Now get back to your wine glass!
Night 13: Marshmallow fight
Clearly making up for lost time this week with a Elf vs Potato Head fight. Mini marshmallows work best in my opinion!
Night 14: Drinking Syrup
Thanks to the movie version of Buddy the Elf, for this idea. Can’t have enough sugar in your Elf’s diet!
Night 15: Countdown to Christmas
You could really do this just about anywhere. It so happened that I wasn’t using my kitchen whiteboard for much of anything. So a little “seat, swing” created out of string and Ta-Da!
Night 16: Gone Fishing
I have spotted other ideas using Goldfish crackers and the bathroom sink! But we had this bath time Nemo that worked perfectly. Don’t have a fishing pole? Snip a hole in the end of a straw, string in some string, tie it and done!
Night 17: Nighty Nighty
Buddy really enjoyed making friends with the other lovies and toys in the house. And we all know how nice a book before bed is!
Night 18: Tape ‘Em Up
Buddy said a few toys were not being nice, and needed a time out. Not sure using painter’s tape to trap them on the wall was the best idea…. 🙂
Night 19: Cookies!
About this time, holiday cookies are baked! Why not let the Elf enjoy a small treat?
Night 20: Dry Erase Marker on the Mirror
This one was fun! Using a dry erase marker, draw a funny face around your reflection. Then have your kids check it out for themselves in the morning!
Night 21: Cereal Snack
Traveling every night, ALL the way to the North Pole has to be exhausting! Sometimes Buddy is stuck mid snack when we find him in the morning!
PS Crushed and slightly damp cereal will, usually stick to his face.
Night 22: R&R
Even Buddy knows when to sit back and relax. Let the marshmallow bubbles, melt all the stress away!
Night 23: Elf the Movie Quote Hunt
I found these adorable cards of my favorite quotes from Buddy the Elf, from the movie. I used blue painter’s tape and stuck them around the house. The kids ran around finding them all! Find this FREE printable at Over the Big Moon.
Night 24: Christmas Eve
Buddy would love to stay, but he rides Santa’s sleigh back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. He leaves a note and some new books for the kids to open in the morning!
Buddy said you did a GREAT job this year, now kick back with your favorite treat & enjoy!
Helpful Elf on the Shelf Links
FREE 2015 Printable Calendar with these ideas! Click Here