Eight years ago the Elf on the Shelf came into our lives. I didn’t blog back then but I shared all the fun we had on social media. For those of you who have watched Sally and Sammy’s adventures the last 8 years they are finally going to be somebody else’s problem…I mean somebody else’s fun!
The Elf On The Shelf Tradition Continues
I never knew what I was going to do with the elves once the girls were finished with them then I thought let’s keep them in the family and continue the tradition! My niece, Khloe is 3 years old, she lives in Maryland. This is the perfect age to introduce the elves in my opinion. Brynna was 3 when Sally first came to visit us from The North Pole!
While I admit there is a little bit of sadness that the innocence and magic of the elves are leaving the house, I am so excited to watch my niece’s adventures with them!
Elf On The Shelf Ideas
I want to share some of our favorite memories with them and hopefully, it will give y’all some ideas as well! Take all the ideas you need, believe me, I spent many nights searching blogs and Pinterest for ideas!
When Sally arrived for the first time 8 years ago it was a pretty low-key arrival. The Elf on the Shelf was pretty new so I didn’t know much of what to do so she kinda just appeared at the house while the girls were at dance class.
As the years went on I definitely got more creative this was one of the arrivals back from The North Pole after Sammy joined us!
This one is definitely one of my favorites ever. I had to sneak into their rooms in the middle of the night and colored their noses red like Rudolph so when they woke up in the morning they went and saw their face. One of the best reactions from both of them!
Decorating The Bathroom
The girls got a kick out of this. I took wrapping paper and wrapped the entire toilet and mirror in our half bath downstairs. Add a sign “Ho Ho Ho Who Has To Go?” and your all set!
Stuck in the vacuum
This one is quick and easy. The girls loved it and thought it was so funny that she got sucked up by the vacuum!
The cold never bothered me anyway!
Frozen was so popular when we Sally came to our house so I knew I had to incorporate it somehow. Put the elf in a glass with water, freeze over night and pop her out on a plate. She might be a little soggy for a few days but the girls really loved it! Who doesn’t want Elsa to use her powers on them?!
Another easy idea for you. Grab some stick on googly eyes and put them on your fruit in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to add them to you elf too, gotta make sure they fit in!
Even an elf has to do laundry! I bought some mini close pins from Michael’s and hung up all of Sally’s skirts I have collected over the years!
Brynna has always been our wild child, so we had fun with it and pretended like she tied us up for our Christmas pictures this year. Well Sally loved the idea so much she tied herself up and blamed it on Brynna too!
Sammy is here!
After a few years I thought it would be fun to bring another elf into the house, two kids means they both need an elf to watch over them, right? Well the tricks did get a little easier with two elves involved. Here are a few ideas I did with both elves!
I found this Elf Twister printable online (sorry I can’t remember where) and found some small toys to include in the game.
We had a spider lying around from Halloween decorations. I wrapped the elves in cheese cloth, then hung then from our ceiling fan.
Bubble Gum Bubble Gum
I remember Brynna saying “our elves are boring this year” well of course that meant I needed to step my game up. I got some bubble gum and pink balloons and filled up our bath tub. Needless to say it was a hit!
It’s been a fun 8 years of memories, I’m so excited to see my niece with our elves. I am so glad we get to pass them down and continue the tradition. One of my favorite memories was Christmas Eve when the girls got to tell the elves “bye” before they went back to the North Pole. They loved being able to finally touch them, and of course the elves always brought the girls their Christmas Eve Pj’s too!
It feels like it’s the end of an era, yes I know feelings are strong with this Elf on the Shelf situation. You either love it or hate it there is really no in between. My kids have absolutely loved having them around the past 8 years and most of my friends and family have enjoyed watching our elf shenanigans over social media. I am excited to watch Khloe’s adventures with them for years to come!
Here’s one final “Goodbye” to Sally and Sammy!