December 1st is only around the corner which means Advent Calendars and the arrival of The Elf On the Shelf.

With over 3 weeks of ‘antics’ to prepare for your cheeky Elf, we’ve made a cheat sheet with a list of some suggestions to help you through!  Our biggest tip: Keep it simple and have some fun!

For those that are new to the Elf on the Shelf, there is 2 main rules for the kids (and adults) to remember.

  1. Elf on the Shelf moves around (to a different location in the house) at night time only whilst the kids are asleep. It is believed that the Elf travels back to the North Pole to report to Santa on the kids behaviour for the day.
  2. Their beloved Elf cannot be touched by the kids or the Elf will lose it’s “Christmas Magic”. If the kids “accidentally” touch their Elf, they can write a letter to Santa to apologise.

Remember: to keep things easy but have some fun!

Parents: We’ve heard that sometimes the Elf ‘accidentally’ forgets to move on the odd night or two… reassure the kids its ok and that apparently it’s because the Elf is super tired or maybe not feeling well and stays at the same location overnight to rest. 


For those who’s Elf is new to the family this year, choosing a name for your Elf can be just as difficult! Here’s a list of names some of our What’s on 4 Kids Community have named their cheeky Elves:

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