10 Items Every Elf on the Shelf Mom Needs
If you are planning on doing the Elf on the Shelf tradition this year, you know you have many days of rearranging the elf ahead of you! Luckily, this can be a breeze if you keep certain items on hand. By keeping a stash of “elf supplies” within reach, you can be sure that you are always ready to put on a great display. Take a look below at 10 items every elf on the shelf mom needs, so you can be prepared this Elf on the Shelf season!
Mini marshmallows especially are great for making fake snow. You can also stick the elf in a mug of marshmallows to look like he is in a hot tub or bath. If you wish, marshmallows can even be used to spell out words or messages. See this Elf Marshmallow Bath idea.
2. Cotton balls.
Cotton balls make excellent snowballs. If you want your elf to look like he is ready for a snowball fight, tape one into his hand. You can also pull the cotton balls apart to make snow banks for him to hide in. We used them as bubbles in a bath tub! See the Rub a Dub Dub There’s an Elf in the Tub Idea.
3. Dry erase marker.
Let your elf on the shelf “scribble” mustaches onto the glass frames of family pictures. You can also make red noses or antlers with the dry erase marker. You can also use the dry erase marker on the elf’s face and it should wipe clean. Give him a mustache, perhaps? Take a look at our Elf Rudolph idea.
4. Mini note pad.
Sometimes the elves like to leave letters or notes. Keep a sticky notepad on hand so your elf can leave jokes and greetings. Add some more fun by using colorful markers, stickers, glitter pens, etc. See this Elf Shopping List idea.
5. Glitter or Sprinkles.
You can make a glitter trail for kids to follow to the elf. Glitter also comes in handy if anyone accidentally touches the elf and you need to “bring back the magic.” Just give him a sprinkle and he will be as good as new. We used sprinkles to make a “snow angel.” See our Elf Sprinkle Angel idea.
6. Gum drops.
These are fun for building little forts, writing out words with, and so much more. Keep some colorful gumdrops on hand so your elf can build and write with them. Take a look at our Elf Gum Drop Ball.
7. String or yarn.
Why not try hanging your elf from a light fixture or banister like he is climbing? String or yarn makes it easy as does a little tape. Take a look at our Elf Tire Swing idea.
8. Felt sheets.
You can use crafting felt to make mini clothes for your elf, little skis, a surf board, a blanket, or all sorts of other props. Keep some felt on hand for these ideas and more. We created a blanket in this Elf is Sleeping idea.
9. Pipe cleaners.
Pipe cleaners can be turned into roasting sticks, used as ski sticks, or even just wrapped around the elf so he can be an escape artist. We used them as drum sticks in our band. Keep pipe cleaners on hand for all sorts of props. See our Elf on the Shelf Rock Band idea.
10. Doll accessories.
Grab a few doll accessories to keep on hand for your elf to interact with. Let it play dress up, have a tea party, or even play with dinosaurs, etc. Kids will love seeing the elf playing with their toys. Take a look at our Elf on the Shelf One Man Band idea.
11. A sense of humor.
Ok, we said 10 needs but really there is an 11th. every mom needs a sense of humor for these creative ideas. If you have that but lack the creative ideas, check our our daily Elf on the Shelf Ideas all November and December long! Take a look at this Kidnapped Stuffed Animal idea.
Are you ready for some elf fun? Keep these items on hand and you are sure to never run out of creative ideas for your elf on a shelf!
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What is Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition. The tradition has a book and a elf doll. The book is poetic and in rhyme sharing the purpose of the Elf’s visits. The Elf visits each Thanksgiving. He/She goes and returns from the North Pole each evening. Every morning he can be found in a new location in the house. The Elf has been found in the refrigerator, fishing in the toilet, writing messages on the mirror or hanging from the lights. It is VERY IMPORTANT, the Elf is not touch each evening or his Christmas magic will be lost! Each family is able to name their special elf. The elves return to their home (Santa’s North Pole Work shop) every Christmas Eve. An Elf’s Story can also be found on DVD
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