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Does the Elf on the shelf visit your program? It's that time of year when many educators receive visits from their Elf on the shelf and are starting to plan their shenanigans.
To help keep you organized while planning your happenings-be sure to print your own free copy of my printable 2018 Elf Shenanigans planning calendar. In this file you'll also find a free set of Elf Count & Clip cards for your students and a mini set for your elf as well!
Your students will have fun practicing their counting skills right alongside their elf-with this included set of "Mini Count and Clip" cards.
Below you can also find Elf on the shelf tips from early childhood educators (including 30+ examples of the precarious positions their elves have been found in), as well as other free Elf and the Shelf printables from other bloggers! Happy Planning!
ELf on the Shelf Educator tips
If you are new to the Elf on the shelf-the concept is that a special "scout elf" has been sent to keep an eye on the children and report any bad/good behavior back to the North Pole. The scout can only move/talk when the children are asleep and can be found when they wake in some precarious situations.
One of the main rules is that he can't be touched or he becomes ill. The original story asks that if he's accidentally touched the child should write a letter to Santa and sprinkle Cinnamon near him (which has healing properties). To avoid him being touched in a childcare setting most of the displays are created in areas that cannot be touched by the Children, or are generally more secluded (Such as Kitchen Counters, separate family rooms, etc.).
In the event he needs to be moved or is accidentally touched educators offer these tips:
"Occasionally he's been in their space (like the fishing in the glass pan of water on our learning table) but the whole scene can be moved if I need to without touching him."
- Terria A. of Bella's Playhouse
"Teacher puts on "special gloves" to move him depending if it's in the children's area like a center where he can be touched. If he's touched then he is sick! We leave a note by him and put a bandaid on him! He arrives after nap time everyday as long as he isn't sick!" -Ashly C. of Oh2BKids Learning Center
" I try to keep him out of reach so that hasn't happened, but if he happens to fall over, which has happened, I use tongs and an oven mitt to pick him up. They think that's hilarious." -Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center
Many educators have adapted the tradition and have the elf bring notes suggesting random acts of kindness. The elf can leave special notes for parents/children about the nice things he sees them doing for others.
Thank you to the following fabulous providers in our FB Community who have contributed to this collection of mischief: Terria A. of Bella's Playhouse, Cathleen S., Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center, Jennifer R. of Jennifer's Little Wonders Home Daycare , Ashley C. of Oh2BKids Learning Center, and Dianna B.
Elf on the shelf shenanigans
The elf can be found sleeping in....
How about some fresh orange juice?
An overnight wrapping Frenzy!
Hide and Seek anyone?
A night of mischief! All bound up!
Story time anyone?
Hula Hooping with friends...
Bubble Sumo Wrestling!
Trapped in the toy box .. .
Surprise treats ..
late night baker...
Enjoying the listening center..
Catching up with friends from "Frozen"..
Ball pit fun..
Some late night action with the Ninja Turtles..
Christmas Tree Delivery..
"Hanging" around with Rapunzel ...
Playing games with friends...
Late night adventure with Woody and Buzz..
Teaching his favorite letter in the Alphabet..
A round of "Elfopoly" with friends ..
All wrapped up...
Late night mischief ..
Tracing letters with a favorite daycare friend ...
Helping out on the farm ...
In a tight spot..
Tea Party Time ...
Elf on the shelf free printables
Planning Calendar and Clip Cards set from Pre-K Printable Fun
Elf on the Shelf Moving Glove with Free Printable package from I think we could be friends
Mission Impossible Elf on the Shelf Envelopes and Cards from Over the BIg Moon
Elf on the shelf party cutouts from Pretty My Party
Elf on the Shelf Good Bye Gift Poem from Eighteen25
Elf on the Shelf Printable Rocket Ship from Sweet Paper Trail
Minecraft Creeper Head from The Lunchbox Memoirs
Captain America Shield and Mask from Enza's Bargains
Elf Sized Book from A little bit of this that blog
Elf Jokes from Over the Big Moon
Elf Donut Box from East Coast Mommy
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