The elf on a shelf has a special job! He watches over the kids to ensure they’re good, and then every night he flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa. That’s why he’s in a new spot each morning. If you have an elf that’s part of your family, participate in this Elf on the Shelf Photo Challenge, camping edition!
Where Did the Elf on the Shelf Get Its Start?
In 2004, a woman named Carol Aebersold, along with her daughter, wrote a book that came with an elf-like doll. This book was based on her family tradition that included a 1950’s elf named Frisbee. Carol’s family used this doll to “talk to Santa,” and when she was older and had her own children, she wanted to carry on the tradition. But she soon discovered that finding an elf in a store was next to impossible. So she took matters into her own hands and made one of her own and accompanied it with a book. The book told of how the elf would fly home to the North Pole and talk to Santa about the childrens' behavior each night and then come back by morning. But beware, if the elf is touched, he loses his magic and can't travel to Santa anymore.
When Carol and her daughter first tried to publish and sell the book, they were turned away by every publisher and editor they contacted. They’re probably all kicking themselves now because The Elf on the Shelf book and doll have become a fun family tradition for millions. In fact, over 6 million copies of the book and elf have been sold! So what does Mr. Elf do with his time when not at the North Pole? Here are some ideas!
Elf on the Shelf Activities
Your elf can do whatever you want it to! Some people’s elves just move from one spot to another. Some have an elf that likes to hang out with other toys or dolls. Some elves are just downright naughty! Here are some ideas, camping related of course, that you can do with your elf to make his personality more fitting of your family’s camping lifestyle!
What’s a camping trip without roasting marshmallows? Your elf would probably love to roast some too! All you have to do is set out some pretzel sticks, mini marshmallows, and a candle. Then set him up as if he’s roasting the marshmallow on the pretzel over his candle campfire.
You’ll need some fish crackers and your crafting skills here. Craft your elf a fishing pole out of string and a stick and set him up at a sink or bowl filled with water (or empty so the goldfish doesn't get soggy). Then put some goldfish crackers down in the “water” he’s fishing in.
We’ve seen this one circulating on Pinterest quite a bit and the kids love it. Set your elf on a toilet seat (preferably one that doesn't get used a lot). Put either a Hershey’s kiss, a chocolate chip, or a peppermint candy in the toilet to make it look like he “went”.
Naughty TPing Elf
If you want your elf to get into some mischief you can give him some toilet paper and let him go to town. Have him TP the tree, the RV living room, or if you can get in and out that night, maybe he can TP the kids' beds with them in it!
We want to see what your elf has been up to! Snap photos of the kinds of things your family is waking up to and share it below! We can’t wait to see all the elf shenanigans! You can share and get ideas for next year from one another as well! Let's see how many camping-related photos we can get!
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