Elf on the Shelf 350+ Idea Round-Up!

I’ve been doing Elf on the Shelf “research” and wanted to share it with you!  Over 350 ideas here and I’m sure more to come!  We can’t wait to get started this year.

The Busy Kid = Happy Mom Family Tradition:

Buddies: our classic elf “Ben” and our Elf-on-the-Shelf “Franklin”.

When my husband was growing up, his grandmother would hide a little elf for him and his sister to find.  This was over 30 years ago.  I’m so impressed with her creativeness.  We decided to bring our own elf into our fun family traditions too.

In our house we believe that the Elf and Santa are just for fun.  We have long told our children (who are now school-age) that “Santa is just a fun game we play” at Christmas.  We present Santa as a historical figure and Christmas as the celebration of Jesus’s birthday.


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We’ll be sharing some of our Elf on the Shelf ideas here and on our FB page.  Please join us {click here}.


Busy Kids = Happy Mom 2012

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Dirty Diaper Laundry – how to make him bendable!
3 Dinosaurs – 60 pages of free activities for ages 2-7
Come Together Kids – daily ideas of fun!
Royal Baloo – Elf Printables
Holly at Naptime – fun ideas and pictures!
She’s Kinda Crafty – easy and fun!
Blossom Bunkhouse – 101 ideas!
The Party Dress – a full December calendar!
Balancing Home – fun and manageable!
Rae of Light Photography – beautiful and creative!
East Coast Mommy – fun and doable!
Thinking IQ – an Elf Journal!
Design Dazzle –  Mischievous ideas!
Play Dr Mom – 4 weeks worth of ideas!
Allison Waken – the photographer behind All for the Boys.
Under the Big Moon – 25 ideas that can be done in under 25 minutes!
Making Life Whimsical -welcome letter and daily ideas of fun

Elf Pinterest Boards to follow:
Busy Kids = Happy Mom
Mama Miss
Royal Baloo and 3 Dinosaurs

Kristen @ Busy Kids = Happy Mom 
Kristen’s background is in elementary education, crafts and raising boys!  Busy kids are those engaged in fun, practical, and purposeful activities in their daily life.  
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  1. Can’t wait to check out all these great ideas! I love to see what other families’ elves have been up too! Thanks for including ours!

  2. This sounds like a fun idea. We don’t have an elf at home, but maybe we can use a Russian doll instead, lol

  3. Where can I get this book at?

  4. The Elf and the book are available at book stores, Target, and Amazon. Hope that helps!

  5. I always post my elf pictures on facebook in the morning for our friends to see and this past weekend a friend brought over her original elf “uncle edward” to be at our house as he was lonely with no children around. The two elves in the tree is a very familiar sight :) We are loving our elf on the shelf tradition, I love hearing the kids giggle at “chippy” when they find him every morning!

  6. OH p.s.!! I featured you on a post!! Sorry, I didn’t tell you in the first comment!! :)

    Tracy @Oh Dill Pickles

  7. Can’t wait to check out these ideas – I need some new ones this year. Check out some of our elf’s favorite hiding places including last year’s grand entrance with a ton of sand under the tree! http://www.hawaiidiscountblog.com/elf-on-the-shelf-ideas-christmas-traditions/
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  8. Such Great Ideas! I will have to test out my Christmas Magic and try some of these with my family this year! Thanks and feel free to check out my adventures at http://elfiejasinski.blogspot.com.au/ Merry Christmas!
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