December is near, which means a certain little festive elf will be returning to many homes and causing some havoc all in the name of Christmas magic. Of course, I am talking about the Elf on the Shelf – a modern tradition that is becoming more and more popular in households with kids.
To help keep you organised during December, I have created a free printable Elf on the Shelf planner!
Plus to keep you one step ahead, tips for putting together your very own Elf on the Shelf tool kit… with Elf props and accessories to inspire plenty of mischievous fun!
Want more? Get my mega printable Elf Planner & Tool Kit
What Is Elf on the Shelf?
If you haven’t heard of Elf on the Shelf (and have perhaps been hiding under a rock during the past decade of Decembers), it involves the arrival of a rather cute little Elf on the 1st of December each year.
He visits your house each day to make sure the children of the household are behaving.
Each night he returns to the North Pole to let Santa know if the child has been naughty or nice.
But that’s not where the story ends. The Elf on the Shelf is a mischievous Santa’s Helper and gets into all sorts of fun during his visits. But he cannot be touched.
If he is touched, the magic disappears.
Make sure you come and join our Elfing Around Facebook group for even more ideas and inspiration!
What This Means For Parents
It pretty much means not only do you have a little fun getting creative each night with your Elf on the Shelf’s location and latest mischief. But you also have extra incentive to keep the kids behaving in the lead up to Christmas Eve.
No wonder so many parents are on board with this new tradition.
Personally, I was one of those people who screwed up my nose at the thought of it before becoming a mum. Then I had kids and started to come around to the idea.
Now we have a regular visitor – Bo the Elf – each year and it has become a bit of extra fun during December!
We have an adorable boy Elf. You can get a girl elf and scout elves with different hair colours and skin tones. Some families even choose to have 2 Elves on the Shelf or more join their family – one per child.
Free Printable Elf On The Shelf Planner
This printable Elf on the Shelf planner will help you avoid those late-night panics of not knowing what to do with the elf. It is for you to print off and help keep you organised and creative with your planning during your Elf visits.
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This bundle is a 3-page sample from my mega Elf on the Shelf planning kit. The freebie also comes with an elf ideas list and an Elf return letter so you are ready to roll for a month of magical moments.
You can also find some awesome and creative Elf on the Shelf inspiration to help get you started!
And in case you do get a bit forgetful during December with everything else you have to plan, make sure you’ve got a few excuses for why the Elf on the Shelf forgot to move too!
How to Use The Free Printable Elf on the Shelf Planner
This planner is simple to use. Print it off, add the dates in December and start planning your ideas.
Take note of any special dates you have in December, such as birthdays or other celebrations where you may want to theme your Elf’s activities around what is happening with your family.
Plan these days first and then you can work out the rest around it.
For the 1st of December, we usually have our elf bring advent calendars and a return letter to welcome him back.
And most importantly, keep your planner in a safe place where it won’t be found by your kids! No one wants to explain that…
How To Create An Elf On The Shelf Tool Kit
An Elf on the Shelf kit is the perfect way to have plenty of cool ideas ready to go well before December rolls around.
Having a collection of props and ideas ready to go will make your life easier and delight your kids when they see the exciting new things their elf has gotten up to each night.
You can also create one of your own using items you already have in your house.
To create your own Elf kit all you need is a few suitable props and accessories that you can use with your Elf. Many of these are items you may already have at home, especially if your child has similar-sized toys.
Here are some items that you can include in your elf kit:
- Barbie clothing and accessories
- Balloons and streamers
- Tea set and play kitchen accessories
- Chalkboard, paper & pens
- Elf scavenger hunt clues
You can get my complete printable tool kit bundle in my online store:
Elf on the Shelf Props & Accessories
If you want to up-level your Elf game, while there are a few official Elf on the Shelf accessories available, there are also a huge range of Elf-inspired props and petite accessories that are perfect for nightly scenes.
Add a couple of these to the things you already have at home and you will easily be inspired to create fun new activities for your house Elf every single night.
Don’t forget to add your ideas to your planner so you know what you’re doing when!
Official Elf on the Shelf accessories:
The official Elf on the Shelf store has plenty of cool accessories these days, including Elf Pets, in case you want to expand your family a little further:
- Elf on the Shelf Insta Moment Pop-Ups
- The Elf on the Shelf Peppermint Plane Ride
- Elf on The Shelf Snowflake Skirt & Scarf
Elf Props & Accessories on Amazon
Amazon has a massive collection of Elf accessories, including a variety of Elf babies and different look elves from the well-known Scout Elf. Here are some of my favourites to help you get started:
Elf accessories on Etsy
The home of handmade is full of Elf inspired accessories and fun props. Find loads of Elf inspiration, including printable props that you have instant access too (perfect if you left things until the last minute) on Etsy:
Now print off that Elf on the Shelf planner and start planning your December fun. Get your Elf kit ready to go and you won’t have any last-minute panic of not knowing what to do with your Elf.
Make sure you check out my inspiration post for some simple ideas.
And of course, see what your friends are up to on Facebook… some people go all out to keep that Christmas magic alive for their kids!
Check out more Christmas ideas here:
- Tips to simplify your Christmas
- Non-toy gift ideas for kids
- Christmas traditions to start
- How we do family Secret Santa
- Free Printable Santa gift tag
- Elf return ideas
- Fun things to do on Christmas day as a family
- What to put in a Christmas Eve Box
- Printable elf on the shelf props
- Printable elf on the shelf scavenger hunt
- How to make Elf on the Shelf Minnie Ears
- Elf on the Shelf Disney ideas
- Try my elf name generator
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf visiting your home this year?