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Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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This is the very first year for Michael to have his own Elf on the Shelf. I think I may be just as excited, if not more, about this. I have already told him that Santa would be sending an Elf for him this year, and he already picked his name…Buddy.

I will be updating this page by the end of each day, to show what Buddy has been up to. Hopefully these can give you some fun ideas for your elf. There are a few days where Michael will not be home with me throughout the month, so I will post a link to another great idea on that day. 

Day 1 : Welcome sweets

Buddy arrived for his first day of scout duty with a little note for Michael, some sweet treats and coffee!

Michael ate the elf ‘donuts’ before I could get a picture.

Buddy then swiftly and secretly made his way into the bedroom, where he had a letter from Santa and an adoption certificate.

Printables : Kringle’s Koffee Cups ~ Mrs. Claus’ Crullers box ~ Santa letter & Certificate of Adoption (must register your elf)

Day 2 : Reading time

Michael found Buddy in front of the fireplace, reading The Elf on the Shelf. Buddy also brought a bigger version of the book, and An Elf’s Story movie for Michael.

Since we had to re-arrange the living room and set up the Christmas tree today, Buddy had to be moved to a safe place. Thankfully he brought a Magic Glove so that he could be moved without losing his magic, and he was moved up onto a shelf.

Printables : Magic Elf Moving Glove ~ Elf on the Shelf mini book ~ Note Template

Day 3 : Bathroom Buddy

Buddy needed a potty break! He was found on Michael’s little potty reading his elf magazine, along with some stinky elf poop’s.

Michael did so good moving Buddy with the magical glove, and he even cleaned out the potty!

Printables : Elf Insider Magazine ~ Note template


Michael decided to hold onto Buddy while I wasn’t watching. Although he did put on the glove and did very good, until he decided to give Buddy a little kiss and accidentally touched him with his ‘un-gloved’ hand. So Buddy had to rest for the rest of the day in his bed. Thankfully, some ‘magic dust’ was delivered to help Buddy get his magic back and recover quickly so he could get back to his scout duties.

Printables : Elf Magical Recovery Kit

Day 4 : Magic Rainbow

We went to see how Buddy was doing in the morning and found that he wasn’t in his bed anymore!

But left behind was a Certificate of Health and a little note from Buddy.

Buddy got his magic back! Now where did he go?

Printable – Note Template

We went to the kitchen, where Buddy was waiting with a fun experiment for Michael to do.

Michael had so much fun watching the rainbow form…and of course was able to snag a few pieces of candy to eat!

Day 5 : Tic-Tac-Bow

Buddy and Woody were in the middle of an intense tic-tac-bow game under the Christmas Tree! I wonder who was going to win!?

Michael and I played a couple games and we are 1-1.  We’re going to have to play again to break the tie.

Woody’s got a friend in Buddy!

Printable : Tic-Tac-Bow ~ Note Template

Day 6, 7 & 8 – S’mores, Candy Bowling & Swinging Elf

Michael is away with his dad for the next few days, so I have found these 3 great ideas for you to check out from another page.

Check out the Elf Makes S’mores and the Elf Bowling Candy Game from Frugal coupon Living.

The Swinging Elf comes from My Mommy Style.

Day 9 : Snow Angel

Buddy was running behind schedule, but was able to quickly find a new spot this morning 😉 and wanted to show Michael a ‘snow angel’ that he made from flour.

I would recommend using granulated sugar instead, cause the flour (and confectioner sugar) can be a bit of a pain to get off of your elf.

Buddy’s Flour Snow Angel

Day 10 : Peek-a-boo Igloo

Michael found Buddy ‘chillin‘ in his very own igloo! 

Buddy got cozied up in his cool new igloo.

Day 11 : Santa Buddy

I wonder what The Rock is telling Santa Buddy what he wants for Christmas, while the rest of the toys wait patiently in line?!

Michael is sick with a cold, so Buddy has told Michael to rest and write his letter to Santa. Ha! 😛

Ho Ho Ho!

Uh-Oh – Again!

I should have known to move Buddy with the magic glove right away, but alas, I didn’t. So Michael went to play with his blocks that Buddy was sitting on and Buddy fell to the floor. So Buddy had to stay in bed and rest for the day, with the magical dust on him.

Another day of rest

Day 12 : Pizza party game night!

 eH!yadotrettebllagnileefsiBuddy looks to be in the lead playing Candy Land with Raphael. Of course there has to be pizza when a Ninja Turtle is around!

I used a pizza lunchable and cut it into a small circle that would fit the pizza box. I then cut it into pieces. I pre-made it, which is why the cheese is dried out :-/ I set it up early this morning, but unfortunately the cat had gotten to a piece of it and knocked Buddy over in the process. I got the magic glove and set him back up.

Party time dude!

Printables : Pizza box ~ Candy Land game

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