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Elf on the Shelf ideas

Elf on the Shelf ideas

Published at 7:01am 30th November 2019. (Updated at 1:40pm 2nd December 2019)

Calling all parents across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale! If you've committed to Elf on the Shelf this December, we've got your back.

  • Thousands of parents across the UK have told their children that an elf will report back to Santa every night.
  • Now they have to set the elf up doing a different activity each morning.
  • In case you're running out of ideas, we've drawn up some of our favourites.

For the past fourteen years, the phenomenon of the Elf on the Shelf has been taking over households across the world.

In case you're not aware, it's a simple idea. You make sure your children behave in the run up to Christmas by keeping a toy elf in the house. The children believe the elf is reporting back to Father Christmas every night - and that he gets up to mischief while he's at it.

Of course, it's an inanimate object (shhh! Don't tell the kids!), so the parents have a significant part to play. Twenty five ideas is a lot to come up with - so we're here to help.


Culinary creativity...


elf on the shelf
Mischievous elves getting 'toasty'


The kitchen is a great place for elves to get up to mischief.



Any who can blame them for getting hungry - they are, of course, up all night reporting back to the big boss man.



Arts and crafts

Elves on shelves are an artsy bunch...



...sometimes more successfully than others!



Elf and Safety

This could be a good opportunity to teach your kids some important life lessons. How about some fire safety?



Or how about road safety? Not sure there are speed limits for sleighs flying through the sky though...



If all else fails...

Of course, once you've started Elf on the Shelf, you have to keep it going until the children get bored of the tradition, which will happen at some point...



You can use one of these handy guides for day-by-day solutions.