This FREE PRINTABLE: EASY ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS list might come in handy if you have an elf on the shelf tradition in your home (or you are thinking of starting one). These easy elf on the shelf ideas are FREE and truly EASY. You will want to bookmark this one…
PARENT CLUB TIP: any elf will do! I bought a no-name elf at a post-Christmas sale a few years ago and that’s the one we use for elf on the shelf. You don’t have to use the elf that comes with the Elf on the Shelf book (nor do you have to buy the book — you could try making up your own story!).
And our elf on a shelf is actually French (because we are a bilingual house) so it’s our Lutin on a shelf.
For more inspiration: surf over to my elf on a shelf pinterest board (adding new elf pins as we go).
The thing about elf on the shelf…it brings the element of surprise to the holiday season. And I think it’s totally ok to make it your own.
Our Lutin is a day-time mischief-maker (because I kept forgetting to do it at night). He sleeps in his box at night (as all good elves do) but while the kids are at school he gets up to all sorts of surprising things. That way…the elf experience doesn’t make me crazy.
To start off the Elf antics…our Lutin sends a letter to the kids putting them on notice that’s he’s due to arrive soon. Kids LOVE getting mail…so this is a great kick-off to the fun of the holiday season. Plus, it’s a positive reading opportunity for kids and parents together. (and no, you don’t actually have to put a stamp and put a card in the mail…you can simply pop it into your own mailbox).