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Free Printables: Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter and Activities

For our Elf on the Shelf Countdown this year, I created an Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter and a list of activities including a North Pole Breakfast. When we did The Elf on the Shelf last year for the first time, I found myself scrambling a bit when it came to surprising the kids with new spots for our Elf each day. Occasionally, I enlisted my teen’s help since he stays up later than I do.

Resource: Elf on the Shelf Printables and Activities

Elf on the Shelf Printables: Goodbye Letter and Activities - Grab your free printables for your Elf on the Shelf fun: Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter and a list of activities including a North Pole Breakfast.

This year, I decided that our Elf would not do something every day. Some days, I would just move him for the kids to find him. Other days we would do something fun. Each day, the kids would get a new joke from our Elf they could share with their friends in my new Elf on the Shelf Countdown Craft.

We’re kicking off our Elf on the Shelf fun with a North Pole Breakfast. On the menu are Snow-cover donuts, Floating Glacier Hot Cocoa, the Land of Sweets and Santa Party Poppers.

Elf on the Shelf Countdown

Elf on the Shelf Countdown

I created an Elf on the Shelf countdown using square tin boxes which I found in the wedding aisle at Michael’s Craft Store. At $.66/box, 30 tin boxes for $19.99 fit my budget. In the scrapbooking section, I found rectangular labels by Martha Stewart ($) that fit the boxes perfectly. I added an Elf boot which I also found in the scrapbooking section, to each label. I’m handwrote the numbers, 1 to 24, with a gold paint pen. Inside each box is a fun Elf on the Shelf joke.

Elf on the Shelf Printables: Buddy missed the cold of the North Pole.Buddy the Elf hanging out the fridge because he missed the cold of the North Pole.


These two Elf on the Shelf printables will help you have some stress-less fun with your Elf on the Shelf. One has activities, suggestions for a North Pole Kick Off Breakfast and links to resources online. The other is a goodbye letter you can use when your Elf needs to return to the North Pole to help Santa on Christmas Eve.

Elf on the Shelf Printable: Activities

Elf on the Shelf Activities Printable (PDF)

Elf on the Shelf Printable: Goodbye Letter

Elf on the Shelf Goodby Letter (PDF)

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Post card from Buddy the Elf While on Vacation

After your Elf goes back to the North Pole until next year, keep the magic alive with a postcard from him during summer vacation. You can order a postcard through Elfoutfitters.com.

Do you do the Elf on the Shelf with Your Kids?

Meet Barb

Barb Hoyer has written 4066 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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  1. says

    Cute! We love Elf on the Shelf, I just don’t go crazy with him because it’s too much work. No teens over here to help out. 😉 Love the goodbye letter!

  2. says

    Love the goodbye letter Barb! We have never done the elf because for 11 years my hubs and I have been doing insane things with my suns 2 Blue Bears – (cousins). They are the ones who also get put out our front door and deliver the letter to Santa each year – OH the stories I could tell you about those two. My husband is always miffed that back then we didn’t market their shenanigans and come up with “the elf” lol!
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    • says

      Thank you! I checked out your Peppermint Dessert recipes – yum! I think my traditional Yule Log may get updated with something Pepperminty.

  3. says

    Living in Wales, UK, it is so interesting reading about the Elf on the Shelf in America! I have my first elf, he is cuddly and cute! Mummy has adapted the idea for me – I am only two! Thank you for linking up to #ElfEscapades

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