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

Elf On The Shelf can be a lovely Christmas tradition but also turn out to be a burden for parents with many running out of ideas by mid-December. 

We’ve made a cheat sheet with a list of some fun suggestions to help get you through!  Our biggest tip: Keep it simple and have some fun!

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

  • 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.
  • Their beloved Elf cannot be touched by the kids or the Elf will lose its “Christmas Magic”. If the kids “accidentally” touch their Elf, they can write a letter to Santa to apologise.

Elf On The Shelf Cheat Sheet


We have compiled a list of 24 different scenarios ( one for every day ) you can put your Elf On The Shelf in to create some Christmas magic in your home. Of course, you don’t have to follow the list in order or do them all exactly but we hope it inspires you and takes some of the stress out of having to come up with a new idea every day. The main thing about Elf IOn The Shelf is that it is fun for the whole family so don’t start off too extravagant or you will be setting precedence your children will expect for the entire time. You can pop in a very creative day every now and again over the 24 days. 


Elf On The Shelf Cheat Sheet

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 it’s 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. 

Elf On The Shelf Names


For those who’s Elf is new to the family this year, choosing a name for your Elf can be just as difficult as figuring out where you’re going to move it to each day. Here’s a list of names some of our What’s on 4 Kids Community have named their cheeky Elves.


Elf On The Shelf Names


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