It's that time of year when many providers receive visits from their "Elf" on the Shelf. Rather than just sitting on a shelf, he (or she!) can be found engaging in all kinds of shenanigans.
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If you are new to Elf on the shelf-the idea 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 is in the shared daycare space and needs to be moved or is accidentally touched providers 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 providers 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.
Below you will find a collection of over 30 Elf on the shelf ideas for your childcare program. Feel free to also swing by my elf on the shelf pinterest board for free printable notes, and accessories for your elf.
Thank you to the following fabulous providers in our Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community for 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.
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 ...
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