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15 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Daycare

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I don’t know about you but making funny elf on the shelf ideas for my daycare kids is lots of fun! It’s a great way to add some whimsy to your holidays and special days in daycare.

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Easy elf on shelf ideas

There are a few ideas to get you started, some scenes you can set for the kids and a few activities to expand on the elf on the shelf festivities too! It’s a great way to add fun to your December lesson plans for daycare.

Check out these adorable joke cards for your elf to bring. So funny.

elf on the shelf joke and pun cards

Get your elf on the shelf, story book, and some accessories to get you started here.

Let your kids know exactly what Santa expects of them and their elf with this free printable Elf on the Shelf arrival letter from Santa!

And this elf on the shelf adoption certificate is fun to print and fill out when you get started on your season.

Use this little holiday hack, to get your kids to declutter their toys before Christmas with the Elf on the Shelf Donation Letter (free printable).

This free printable playing card set is the perfect size for your little Elf to have a rousing game of Poker, Battle, Go Fish, or whatever card game you like. Print out your Elf on the Shelf playing cards today so that your scout elf can play with his (or her) friends!

Set the scene for the perfect Elf on the Shelf Christmas dinner with this Elf-themed tablescape.

Check out this printable scavenger hunt your elf can bring to the kids!

This funny free printable mustache for your elf is a fun one to make!

Check out these elf on the shelf tees to dress up your holiday mischief maker.

Check out how to make elf poo for your elf to leave for the kids. They will think this is hilarious!

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Elf on a shelf

Your Elf on the Shelf can help your child decode a secret message from Santa with this idea!

Or get an ugly Christmas sweater to wear to your Christmas party.

This is a funny up to no good prank for it to play on the kids.

This string of miniature lights would be a fun prop for the elf on the shelf to get tied up in, or to swing from, or decorate a mini tree with. The possibilities are endless with this.

And here’s a fun elf swing you can make.

Uh oh, elf broke his leg! Check out the props for that scene.

Or have an elf hot cocoa stand for your elf on the shelf!

The Easter bunny shouldn’t have all the fun. These rhyming elf on the shelf scavenger hunt clues will get the kids searching high and low.

Grab this set of electronics for the elf. A laptop, tablet, and cell phone. Set some great scenes with these.

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Elf on the shelf ideas for preschool classroom

Here is a fun elf on the shelf craft idea that kids will love!

This drawing tutorial will teach you how to draw the Elf on the Shelf. It will take you from start to finish, from drawing the elf to coloring your drawing! The free printable pages include step-by-step instructions, picture tracing and grid drawing worksheets, and a coloring page.

And for more Christmas activities for kids, check these ideas out.

You wake up find your child is disappointed to discover the elf did not move. Oops! These excuses are good to have on hand just in case.

If you need more ideas, check out this elf on the shelf bundle pack from Crystal and Company. It’s full of adorable fun!

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