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The holiday season is a magical time for families, filled with traditions that create lasting memories. One such tradition that has gained immense popularity is a family elf. This mischievous little elf comes to life during the Christmas season, engaging in all sorts of playful antics while keeping an eye on the children’s behavior. This year, some creative parents have taken The holiday tradition to a whole new level by incorporating a game of hide-and-seek using SOLO plastic cups.
The Cup Game: Adding a Twist to the Hiding The Elf on the Shelf Tradition
Ironically, every morning The Elf on the Shelf is hiding. Why not turn the hiding into a fun game? Fill up a Red SOLO cup with your family elf.. let’s explain! Parents are always on the lookout for ways to make The Elf on the Shelf experience even more exciting for their little ones. One innovative idea that has captured the imagination of many is setting up a game where a bunch of SOLO plastic cups is arranged in a grid, each cup placed face down on the ground. Under one of these cups is the silly Scout Elf, waiting to be discovered.
- The Elf on the Shelf Doll
- Cardstock or paper (this is the best cardstock)
- Pen, Pencil, or Marker
- Red SOLO Cups
To start this enchanting adventure, parents set up the plastic cups in a designated area of the house. The cups are arranged in either a grid or random formation, creating an element of mystery as children try to figure out which cup is concealing the elusive elf. The cups are placed upside down, creating a uniform surface that adds an extra layer of challenge to the game.
To kick off the excitement, a carefully crafted note is left alongside the cups. The note encourages the children to embark on a quest to find the hiding elf. It might read something like this:
“Dear [Child’s Name],
‘Tis the season of merriment and joy. I have decided to play a game of hide-and-seek with you! Under one of these cups, I’m snug as a bug, waiting for you to find me. Will you accept the challenge? Lift each cup with care, and let the magic of the season guide you to where I hide.
Best of luck, and may the cups be ever in your favor!
The Joy of Discovery
The beauty of this idea lies in the joy of discovery. Children, with eyes wide with anticipation, lift each cup one by one, their excitement growing with each reveal. The element of surprise and the uncertainty of where the North Pole visitor might be hiding adds an extra layer of magic to the holiday season.
Tips: The little red guy hiding under a cup idea might put the Scout Elf in a compromising place. If you have a family pet, display this idea on a large table. If you don’t have a pet that will pick up the North Pole visitor, do this idea to the side of the room where the famly elf cannot get walked on. Remember, it is not okay to touch the Scout Elf. You can use Magic Grippers to move him.
As parents, it’s always a delight to witness the sheer joy and wonder in our children’s eyes during the holiday season. A Christmas Elf tradition, combined with the creativity of setting up a hide-and-seek game with SOLO plastic cups, adds a unique and memorable touch to the festivities. This simple yet enchanting idea transforms an already beloved tradition into an adventure that the whole family can enjoy together, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
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Resources for The Elf on the Shelf
Here at Frugal Coupon Living, our mission is to make The Elf on the Shelf season a breeze. We’re no newcomers to the Scout Elf game, boasting over a decade of experience. With a dedicated fan club spanning these ten years, we’ve curated a treasure trove of delightful ideas for your holiday season. Our collection of The Elf on the Shelf resources are your one-stop-shop for crafting the most memorable Scout Elf moments for your family as well. Join us in making this Christmas truly magical!
What is The Elf on the Shelf?
Embrace the cherished Christmas tradition of The Elf on the Shelf, which revolves around a captivating storybook and an adorable Scout Elf doll. This enchanting book, filled with poetic rhymes, unveils the purpose behind the Scout Elf’s visits.
Like clockwork, the little red visitor graces our homes each Thanksgiving and embarks on a nightly journey to and from the North Pole. Every morning, the thrill lies in discovering the visiting guy in a brand-new, imaginative hiding spot within the house. From peeking out of the refrigerator to fishing in the sink, leaving mirror messages, or swinging from the lights, the North Pole Visitor’s antics never cease to amuse. But remember, there’s a cardinal rule to uphold: never touch the Scout Elf, for it’s the key to preserving their Christmas magic! Each family has the privilege of christening their very own North Pole visitor with a special name. Finally, as Christmas Eve dawns, these loyal Scout Elves bid us farewell, returning to their North Pole workshop alongside Santa, awaiting their next wondrous adventure
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- The Elf on the Shelf Ideas – A comprehensive starter guide encompassing all things Scout Elf, featuring some of our top posts and downloadable content.
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- The Elf on the Shelf Questions and Answers – Whether you’re a novice with a Scout Elf or need a refresher on The Elf on the Shelf rules, peruse our frequently asked questions to become an instant Scout Elf expert.
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- DIY Bendable The Elf on the Shelf – Transform your Scout Elf into a versatile poser with this simple, no-sew tutorial on creating a bendable Scout Elf.
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