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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
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
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
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 Activities Printable (PDF)
Elf on the Shelf Goodby Letter (PDF)
Do you do the Elf on the Shelf with Your Kids?
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