The reason he is in different spots is because every night he flies back to the North Pole to tell Santa what he saw that day. You don't have to even do silly things with the elf. All he has to do is move spots. Someone just got creative and decided to.Now there are a lot of people out there who do not do them. I've even seen a blogger bad mouth the parents who do. I feel like that is taking it a little far. If you don't want to do them, that's fine but don't be rude to people who want to. Not doing an elf doesn't make you a bad parent- teaching your child to put others down for wanting to does.
Today, November 24th, We got our elf on the shelf. We decided he shows up right after we decorate the tree. His name is Peppermint, or just Pepper for short. Check back for all our ideas!
Taking a nap
Turns the Milk green
We decdied he was going to start off doing harmless things and then as the days progress he was going to get more entertaining.
Riding in a sleigh with Mickey and Minnie
Cotton ball bath
The lighting in my bathroom is terrible, but here is Peppermint taking a cotton ball bath. You can use marshmallows and your sink. But I only have one bathroom so I can't be too extreme
Convinces other toys to play board game
Makes a flour angel on counter
Roast Marshmallows on a candle
Hides in a Jewelry box.
Packs the kids their lunches with random items in the cupboards/house
Replaces all photos in the house with ones of himself
Elf is playing Santa
I took a cotton ball and small double sided sticky tape to his face to get it to stay. A few days beforehand I hid the dogs under their bed (where they usually are, but closer to where I needed them). We got the sleigh from a Lowes Build and Grow workshop that was promoting Dreamworks "Rise of the Guardian"
Builds Snowman out of marshmallows
Elf Graffiti- He uses window markers to color all over the bathroom mirrors
Day Fourteen (open because I'm not home).
I decided there was no way I was going to try to bring him to grandma's house and get caught.
Stays up all night watching T.V with Barbie
Piggy Bank thief
He replaced all the stockings with the girls underwear.
Photo Booth with Aurora and Barbies
The backdrop is a flat present I had wrapped.
To make the props you have to go to the original bloggers page and print them out. Getting all the dolls to pose was a very frustrating task. But we got it! Keeping the papers on the sticks (that I made too short) was also a little frustrating. I had to use a LOT of tape... The girls don't seem to notice.
After taking these photos I had to switch the dolls positions because he was eying Rapunzel and the girls would make a comment about him liking Aurora.
Builds Fort out of oatmeal box and hides in the Christmas tree
Wraps girls door in crepe paper
Uses Husbands razor
Elf has a sick day
Colds and stomach bugs have flown through our tiny little apartment. So I've been cleaning quite a bit. I thought it only appropriate to give Pepper-MinT a cold too.
T.P's the Christmas tree
Read The Grinch to some toys
Stuck in a bag of M&M's
No Original Source
Hiding in the candy bowl
Lego Men capture elf
I accidentally deleted the main photo of this one off my camera. This is the best I've got- right after this my daughter mentioned her cousin touched the elf and we went into "Emergency Elf Kit" gear.
I can't believe I missed the picture of this. He was sitting on our advent calender and there was a note saying : Santa's coming tonight!
OTHER IDEAS: These are ones I was going to use but eventually were nixed for whatever reason:
1) Elf colors in coloring book or makes a self portrait
2)Does "YMCA" with Barbies
3) Sets up dominos
4) Makes a Good Morning cup of Hot Cocoa
5) Makes mini pancakes for the kids
6)Spells out a message in cereal or candy
7)Builds a real snow man out of shaved ice in your freezer
8) Super Elf
9)Weight lifting elf