Ready or not, here they come! Elf on the Shelf will be arriving at homes around the world any day now, including ours. With Mike being both a Christmas enthusiast and a creative powerhouse, our home buzzes with festive energy and inventive ideas for our Elves (we have a few).
While I know coming up with ideas day after day can be tiresome, we honestly cherish these moments knowing how quickly time flies with kids. I highly recommend grabbing an Elf Kit to make some of the days easier to set up.
Epic Elf on the Shelf Arrival Ideas
Let’s dive into some fun Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas to kick off your Elf’s time in your home!
Creative Snow Tracks
In past years, we have introduced our elves with mysterious snow tracks. These small, artistic footprints are a secret hint of the elves’ presence, sparking excitement and curiosity among the kids.
Bonus, this is VERY easy to set up while you’re still easing into it!
- White powder (sugar or salt)
- Q-tips or paintbrush
Family-Themed Postcard Prelude
Another idea I LOVE is having your elves send personalized postcards from their ‘vacations’, incorporating our family’s unique adventures and memories.
I think we will use this idea on one of our first days this year as Liv and Jack will love to share about their recent vacation in Kauai! I can just imagine these postcards, crafted with Mikes’s storytelling flair, will be awesome.
Elves’ Doorway Dilemma
In a playful scenario, our elves pretend to be stuck on the front door, unable to find their way in. This humorous setup brings laughter and joy, especially to Olivia and Jack, and starts the day with a smile.
- Sticky note and pen
Paper Plane Squadron
A family-wide paper plane crafting session would mark an awesome grand entry for your elves. Everyone, from teens to toddlers, can get involved, showing off their paper-folding skills and launching the elves into the holiday season.
Crash Landing Comedy
Adding a twist to the paper plane theme, one elf can make an amusingly imperfect landing on the Christmas tree. This might just spark stories and conversations about their adventurous journey and need for flying lessons.
- Christmas tree
- Paper plane
Candy Countdown Extravaganza
Create a massive “I’M BACK” message using candy. This fun, collaborative effort will not only welcome your elves but also leaves plenty of treats for everyone to enjoy.
- Assorted candy
Inspired by Dad’s creativity, our elves scale the walls at least once a year. This imaginative display amazes our little ones, adding an adventurous spirit to our holiday setup.
Melted Snowman Scene
A melted snowman scene is a classic!
- Paper and pen
- Googly eyes
Toy Soldier Standoff
Incorporating the kids’ toy soldiers, I can create a playful scene where the elves are humorously ‘caught’ by the miniature army.
- Toy soldiers
Surprise Box Unveiling
An elf dramatically pops out of a surprise box, symbolizing the unexpected joys and surprises of the holiday season. This exciting reveal adds an element of fun and spontaneity!
- Packaged box
Led by one of our elves, we light up our walkway with festive strings of lights, transforming our home into a beacon of holiday cheer and creating a magical atmosphere for the entire family.
- Strings of lights
- Outside power socket
- Extension cord (if needed)
Santa’s Watchful Camera
A pretend camera setup (we’ll probably ask the teens for their help on this one) adds a touch of magic to your elf’s arrival. This imaginative addition hints at Santa keeping an eye on the festive spirit in our home.
- Bulb-like item (for camera illusion)
- Binder clip, paper clip, or clothespin (to attach the “camera”)
Smooth Elf Landing
Have an aviation lover in the house? Demonstrating their expert landing skills, your elves can arrive in toy planes!
- Toy plane
- Paper and pen
- String lights
Reindeer Pudding Treats
You can transform pudding cups into adorable reindeer, overseen by your elves. This creative and sweet activity combines a fun craft with a delicious treat, delighting everyone in the family.
- Chocolate pudding cups
- Brown pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Red pom-poms
The Elves are moving in!
One of the cutest ideas is having your elves set up a mini home to mark their arrival, complete with a door and festive decorations!
- Miniature door (there’s a cute red one at Walmart!)
- Miniature wreath
- Miniature toy Christmas lights
The holidays are really all about building memories. I love being able to create fun moments that we can experience together and running downstairs each morning to see what trouble our elf has gotten into really has become a special part of Christmas for us.
How does your Elf on the Shelf make its big debut? Let us know in the comments below!
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