The Elf on the Shelf is a blessing and a curse for many families.
Although it might help to focus some of that stray energy in kids, it's also a creative challenge to face every day. By the end of the month, many parents are scratching their heads wondering where else they can possibly hide Santa's little spy.
If you're looking for some inspiration, here are 15 Elf on the Shelf success stories that you can use in your house.
One great place to set the Elf up is in the first place parents will be in the morning: right by the coffee maker. If the Elf makes a mess, what better way for the kids to show off their good behavior than by helping to clean it up?
This family's elf is doing some early morning fishing, though he might not like what he catches. This is probably a favorite among children.
The Elf on the Shelf isn't just for kids. It can help grown-ups realize their life-long dream of having a bowling alley in the house. This one looks like it took some crafting skills, but it's worth it.
If you have an Elf that does their own stunts, this one is perfect. It helps explain how they get around the house too!
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Now this is a busy Elf. It's a risky move to have your Elf prank your kids, but maybe it'll help teach them what not to do. As for the card game, there are no poker chips in sight, so this Elf is still setting a good example.
Obviously, the quickest way to any child's heart is with a good old fashioned fart joke. The hashtags make it sound like the Elf's farts smell like peppermint, though the only way to know for sure would be to open the jar.
This Elf has some dedication to hygiene. The cotton balls are a stroke of genius, as is the tiny soap bottle.
Having the Elf interact with other stuffed toys is an old standby, but this is a whole new level. Maybe this will convince the kids to put their own toys away, so that they can't be herded into a strange Elf petting zoo.
Maybe Po is helping the Elf build a Jenga tower, or maybe the Elf is helping Po with some board-breaking practice. Either way, this is a great collaboration.
The Elf can be a charismatic teacher! Let him draw a crowd.
It's a long, tiresome month for the Elf on the Shelf. Let him unwind a little, put him where your kids (hopefully) never look.
Take advantage of the Elf's flexibility! This one is great because it's so easy to make yet so funny once you do. Bonus points for getting some more toys in there with the elf.
If you've got a photo or a frame to spare, this is a crowd-pleaser. Just be sure your kids know that the Elf has special permission to draw on pictures, and they do not!
Sometimes it's best to hide right in plain sight! Put the Elf up top where only the abominable snowman can reach.
At the end of the day, The Elf is there to make the children happy, so make sure they get some quality time.