25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

25 Elf on the Shelf, Elf Magic Ideas that emphasize the spirit of  fun, family, giving, sharing, love and strong family values.

Our children have used Christmas elves for several years, I recognized that the elf could be a wonderful teaching tool as well as being a lot of fun for the kids, my wife and me.  With this in mind last year we put a new twist into the elf’s stay in our home.  We decided to turn our elves into a teachers and supporters of our Family Values.  

We’ve for years also had The Christmas Web as a part of our holiday celebration.


Here’s our 25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

December 1, Elf on the Shelf Idea#1

The Elf’s Arrival

The Elf's Arrival

The Elf’s Arrival

When our elves arrives shortly after Thanksgiving he or she places a “magic wand” in each of the children’s Christmas stockings that hang on our fireplace mantel.  Nothing happens until December 1. There is no explanation offered.



December 2, Elf on the Shelf Idea #2

Elf Explains the Importance of the Christmas Season

Elf on the Shelf Hugs

Three Elves hugging

Each of our children use a different kind of elf, they all name their elf and have a special affection for their elf but like the children they’re all different.

“Today is the start of the Christmas Holiday, it’s the celebration of Jesus birth over 2000 years ago.   Jesus taught the world about love, charity and kindness.” 

Today we will show our love and kindness with a Hug.

“See how many Hugs you can give today.”



December 3, Elf on the Shelf Idea #3

A Swing Low Made From The Magic Wand Strings.

Elf on the Shelf Idea #@

Three Elves on swing

The strings supporting the swing come from the yarn on each of the children’s magic wands. Having three elves we don’t necessarily have all the elves doing something different each day, we’d rather emphasize that more can be achieved by working together.  On most days our elves work together or in supporting roles all having fun together.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot : Johnny Cash tells the full story behind Swing Low. .


December 4, Elf on the Shelf Idea #4

Elf Asks For A Random Act of Kindness

Elf on the Shelf Idea #4

Elf presents random act of kindness note

When the children come down for breakfast this Thursday morning they find their elf and their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“Some time today do something kind for someone who you cross paths with, someone you know or don’t know.  Ask your parents for ideas.  When you come home this evening I’d like you to share your random act of kindness with me.” Love ya, Lucie .

 


December 5, Elf on the Shelf Idea #5

Our Elves Make an Elf Zip-line

Elf on the Shelf Idea #5

Elf takes ride on zip line

The elves use the yarn from the kids magic wands to create a zip-line from the ceiling fan to the top of the Christmas Tree.  The other elves cheer on their buddy.

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December 6, Elf on the Shelf Idea #6

Saint Nicholas Day

Elf on the Shelf Idea #6

Elves observe Saint Nichols Day

In the United States, the custom associated with Saint Nicholas Day is children leave their shoes out on Saint Nicholas Eve in hope that Saint Nicholas will place some coins on the soles, for them to awake to. Our elves are always there to observe and to report back to Santa; who is a descendant of Saint Nicholas .


December 7, Elf on the Shelf Idea #7

Share Your Good Fortune

Elf on the Shelf Idea #7

Elf on the Shelf and Friends share good fortune

When the children come down for breakfast this Sunday morning they find their elf with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, their holding money.

“You’ve been good this week and I told Santa, he sent you this $3.00 for you and he’s asked that you share it with someone who needs it more than you.  Ask your parents for some ideas as to who that might be.  When you share ask who you share it with to touch your magic wand; this will send a message to Santa that you shared your good fortune.


December 8,Elf on the Shelf Idea #8 

 The Elves Make New Friends

Elf on the Shelf Idea #8

Elf on the Shelf makes new friends

After family friends are most important.  It’s your friends and family that you share good times with and it’s your friends and family that stand with you in bad times.

If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend.
Saint Teresa of Avila

December 9,Elf on the Shelf Idea #9

Take care of your Mind, Body and Spirit.

Elf on the Shelf Idea #9

Elves practice Yoga

Yoga is a part of our weekly activities, and our children understand the we have a Mind, a Body and a Spirit and that it’s important to develop and maintain all three to be a well-rounded and healthy person.


December 10, Elf on the Shelf Idea #10

 Family is a Team Sport The Elves Pitch-in

Elf on the Shelf Idea #10

Elf on the Shelf and Friends help with Cooking and cleaning

Cleaning,  cooking, doing the laundry, and yard work are all things that a family has to do and working together is the best way.

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”
Paul “Bear” Bryant
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December 11, Elf on the Shelf Idea #11

 A Random Act of Kindness

Elf on the Shelf Idea #11

Elf on the Shelf and Friends ask for Random Act of Kindness

When the children come down for breakfast this Thursday morning they find their elf sitting with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“Some time today I’d like you to do something kind for someone who you cross paths with, someone you know or don’t know.  Ask your parents for ideas.  After you perform your Random Act of Kindness ask them to touch your magic wand, this will send a good message to Santa.


December 12, Elf on the Shelf Idea #12

Elf on the Shelf Idea #12

Elves go fishing

The Elves have “Gone Fish’n”

The Elves have gone fishing and got more than they had bargained for.

“you’re going to need a bigger boat” Who uttered these famous words? Chick Here to find-out. ..


December 13, Elf on the Shelf Idea #13

 He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother

Elf on the Shelf Idea #13

He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother

In 1884, James Wells, Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland, in his book The Parables of Jesus tells the story of a little girl carrying a big baby boy. Seeing her struggling, someone asked if she wasn’t tired. With surprise she replied, “No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother.”

He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, the song became a worldwide hit for The Hollies and again for Neil Diamond in 1970

 


December 14, Elf on the Shelf Idea #14

 Share Your Good Fortune

Elf on the Shelf Idea #14

Elf on the Shelf and friends ask to share good fortune

When the children come down for breakfast this Sunday morning they find their elf sitting with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“You’ve received many nice things for birthdays and Christmas over the years, pick out something that you love but could give to another child who would continue your love.  Take it to Goodwill, or the Salvation Army and pass it on to another child.  After you give it ask the clerk to touch your magic wand, that will let Santa know that you’ve Shared Your Good Fortune.


December 15,Elf on the Shelf Idea #15

Elves have to make decisions.

Elf on the Shelf Idea #15

Elves Teach Right and Wrong

Life is a continuing series of decisions, some are important others not so important, some will change our lives others not so much. But it’s important to be able to understand Right from Wrong, and Good from Bad. There’s always a right way and a wrong way to do things.

Ben Franklin said, “When in doubt, don’t”


December 16, Elf on the Shelf Idea #16

Elves Bible Study

Elf on the Shelf Idea #16

Elves do some Bible Study

The Christmas Season is a time for family, friends, giving and receiving but it’s also important that we remember the real meaning behind Christ Mas; the celebration of the birth of Christ.  It’s a wonderful time for the family read from the Holy Bible.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


December 17,Elf on the Shelf Idea #17

The Elves Joined the Circus

Elf on the Shelf Idea #17

Elves on The Flying Trapeze

You’ve seen the Flying Trapeze, but have you seen the Flying Ceiling Fan with a trio? They spin, they twirl, and they fly, please don’t turn the fan up to High.

“The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”, originally published under the title “The Flying Trapeze” and also known as “The Man on the Flying Trapeze”, is a very well-known 19th century popular song about a flying trapeze circus performer, Jules Léotard. The song was first published in 1867, with words written by the British lyricist and singer, George Leybourne, with music by Gaston Lyle, and arranged by Alfred Lee. Here by: Eddie Cantor (January 31, 1892 — October 10, 1964) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwvqMptS7UA


December 18, Elf on the Shelf Idea #18

A Random Act of Kindness

The Elf on the Shelf Idea #18

The Elf on the Shelf and Friends /Random act of kindness

When the children come down for breakfast every Thursday morning they find their elf sitting with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“Some time today  at school say something nice to someone who that has not been a friend , someone you think would like to have more friends like you.  Tell your new friend that you’ll tell Santa about them with your magic wand.


December 19,Elf on the Shelf Idea #19

Joseph and Mary’s Journey

Elf on the Shelf Idea #19

Elves learn about Joseph and Mary’s Journey

Over 2000 Years ago today Joseph and Mary left Nazareth to walk to the city of David , which is called Bethlehem, a journey of  65 miles.  The went to register in Joseph’s city of birth as a part of the Roman Census.  The trip took them five days.

Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem

 


December 20,Elf on the Shelf Idea #20

Elves are Ready for Soccer Practice

Elf on the Shelf Idea #20

Elves get ready for soccer practice

Saturday is soccer day; games, or practice we spend a lot of time on the soccer field.  So today the elves join in with some of their best moves.

 

 


December 21,Elf on the Shelf Idea #21

Share Your Good Fortune

Elf on the Shelf Idea #21

Share Your Good Fortune

When the children come down for breakfast this Sunday morning they find their elf sitting with their magic wand next to their breakfast setting, at the end of the string is a note.

“In four days we’ll be celebrating the birth of Jesus; at church today say a prayer for all the children around the world who haven’t met Jesus yet, who some nights go to bed hungry, ask God to Share Your Good Fortune with them”


December 22, Elf on the shelf Idea #22

The Elves Late Arrival

Best Elf Idea Late Arrival

Elves Late Arrival

The Elves fly back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa who’s been naughty and who’s been nice and check-up on the production of that special gift that each child wants.

Bad weather in Canada and production problems made for a late arrival this morning, and we forgot to leave them a way in.  Someone must have overslept.

 

 

 


December 23,Elf on the Shelf Idea #23

 Heavy Construction in the Family Room

Elf on the Shelf Idea # 23

Elf on the Shelf and friends do some heavy construction

I went into the attic and got out some of my Christmas presents from when I was a young boy.  My Tonka Toys show some ware but their over 40 years old. The message I want the elves to deliver today is that if you take care of your things they can last forever and even pass on to your children.


December 24,Elf on the Shelf Idea #24

 A Random Act of Kindness

Elf on the Shelf Idea #24

Christmas Eve Elves

It’s Christmas Eve, over 2000 years ago Mary and Joseph were in Jerusalem and could find nowhere to sleep.  Joseph knocked on many doors at an Inns and asked if they had a room, over and over he was turned away.  Then one Innkeeper seeing that Mary was pregnant offered then an empty stall in his stable, extending an act of kindness to Mary and Joseph.

“Some time today I want you to do something kind for someone in your family to express your unquestioning love for them


December 25, Elf on the Shelf Idea #25

The Christmas Web – A Family Tradition

Elf on the Shelf Idea #25

Kids wake to find The Christmas Web

The children come down Christmas morning to find the house has been spun in a web of Christmas cheer.

“Santa and your Elf has hidden your special gift at the end of The Christmas Web where no else can find it; use your magic wand to help you find your special gift.”

 

 

 


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  1. If you have any Family Values that you feel should be included in this collection please leave a comment and we’ll try to add them to our collection and we’ll give you credit.

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