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18 Elf on the Shelf Ideas That’ll Keep Your Kids on the Nice List

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If you’re looking for the Elf on the Shelf ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got you covered, whether you need funny ideas for your family’s humorous elf, or you’re looking for Elf on the Shelf games everyone will enjoy. The most important part is that these activities will keep your family on its best behavior. 

For those who are just starting their family’s Elf on the Shelf traditions (Buy on Amazon, $29.95), there’s a lot you need to know. This popular Christmas activity starts with a scout elf that Santa sends to your house to monitor your behavior. The family must name the elf so he or she can gain powers and be able to fly back to Santa. Once everyone in the house falls asleep, the elf returns to the North Pole to give Santa an update as to whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Then, he or she flies back to your house and hides before anyone wakes up. Each morning, you’ll find the elf in hidden locations or comical positions. 

The most important rule of the Elf on the Shelf is that no one is allowed to touch the elf. Doing so could cause to elf to lose his or her magic, which means Santa won’t get any more progress reports. 

A child’s joy when he or she discovers an elf’s hiding spot is contagious and is what makes this tradition so worth it. Of course, finding new and creative activities for your elf can be downright tiring — which is why we’ve rounded up our favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas for inspiration. Keep scrolling to see our top picks that are sure to keep your kids entertained all winter. 

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