December Birthday Party Ideas

It’s easy for birthdays that fall in December to get lost amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations. If your child has a December birthday, adopt one of these themes that celebrates the season while still highlighting the birthday as the main event! Read More

Share Your Thanksgiving Day Parade Tradition With Us!

What’s as long as eight bicycles and as tall as a five-story building? The Elf on the Shelf® balloon, of course! Tomorrow, The Elf on the Shelf® will soar down 6th Avenue in New York City as part of The 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®! We know waking up and watching the parade with your family is a time-honored tradition for many of you, and we’d love to see your reactions when you see The Elf on the Shelf® float by on Thanksgiving morning. Tune into NBC at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day to catch the parade and see The Elf on the Shelf® balloon in action! Read More

Need Elf Ideas?

Scout elves are as different as the families they love; in fact, most elves adopt the personality of their family. Whether your elf is silly, crafty, funny, sweet or calm, they’ll find inspiration browsing through The Elf on the Shelf’s “Ideas for Scout Elves!” There are three areas in which you can view these family moments created by scout elves from around the world: Read More

North Pole Secret Revealed in this Breaking News Story!

As the Christmas season quickly approaches, kids everywhere want to know as much as they can about the North Pole. The Reindeer News Network (RNN) is the perfect place for them to catch a small glimpse into Santa’s world. The anchors and reporters at RNN have been able to get a hold of late-breaking news from the North Pole about Santa’s sleigh test run trouble. Including leaked security camera footage, this video provides a fun way to engage your kids and immerse them in the spirit of the holidays. Read More

Building Good Character with a Mobile App

Can an app do more than offer a gaming experience? We think so. Santa and all of his scout elves at the North Pole are dedicated to helping kids achieve recognition on the nice list, but to get there, they need to do more than just “be nice.” We want them to demonstrate good character! Read More

Need Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas?

Need a last minute idea for your little trick-or-treaters? Take a hint from the scout elves at the North Pole and look no further than your closet. By making good use of items both old and new from the Claus Couture Collection™, these elves found inspiration. With a little imagination, your everyday items can become a clever costume! Read More

Fall Into Fun: November Birthday Party Ideas

November birthday parties can be tough to plan as the weather gets colder. However, if you need to move your little one’s birthday festivities indoors, Santa has some quick party ideas that won’t require too much prep time. In fact, you may already have everything you need in your pantry or storage room! Read More

5 Fun Indoor Birthday Party Ideas

You don’t need a lot of space to pull off a stellar birthday party game, and with our ideas you won’t need to spend a lot of money or time either! Be resourceful like our scout elves in the toyshop and repurpose items around your house to create birthday games and activities that will keep kids engaged until it’s time to cut the cake! Read More

5 Fun Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas

During those balmy spring and sunny summer months, look no further than your own backyard for the ideal locale for a breezy bash. We know just how to put all that open green space to good use—with a few of our scout elves’ favorite party activities! These engaging games are sure to be a hit with a variety of age groups and can be easily adapted to your party’s theme. Read More

The Elf on the Shelf® Loves Teachers!

As sure as Christmas morning, Santa loves teachers! But few people may know that Santa’s colleagues at The Elf on the Shelf® also have a passion for supporting education. Before engaging imaginations with the enchanting story The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition, authors Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell were engaging children in the classroom as public school teachers. Even after choosing to pursue publishing full time, the mother-daughter duo has kept their passion for education an important cornerstone of their child-centric endeavors. The Elf on the Shelf® offers special teacher resources, giveaways and this year Carol and Chanda will make stops at select schools during their 2014 Book Tour. Read More

Celebrating Birthdays — North Pole Style!

The Elf on the Shelf®: A Birthday Tradition, is a great opportunity for your family’s scout elf to visit your little one for a special 24-hours-only birthday visit. Here are seven ways in which you can create birthday memories with your elf that are sure to last a lifetime. Read More

The New Birthday Club!

When my mom and I launched The Elf on the Shelf®: A Birthday Tradition, we were excited to embark on a new adventure with Santa and his scout elves. Our goal for this birthday-themed sequel was to delight the innumerable children who have pleaded with us—and with Santa—to let their elf visit more than once a year. By granting this birthday wish, we once again saw our desire to create meaningful family moments come to life. Read More

September Birthday Party Ideas

The scout elves have come up with some neat ideas for celebrating September birthdays! Catch the last of the warm weather before summer fades to fall with themed parties that are perfect for soaking up those remaining sunny rays. Read More

Birthday Goody Bag Ideas

When it comes to goody bags, the candy-filled paper sack routine is one birthday tradition that could use a little TLC. Rather than providing your party-goers’ with more of the same old thing, send guests home in high spirits with a memorable take-away. Let some of our inexpensive and unique ideas inspire your next goody giveaway. Read More

Six Super Ways to Build a Birthday Chair

Scout elves love sweet treats and colorful presents, but decorating a birthday chair is most certainly their favorite part of a birthday celebration! This North Pole custom, explained in The Elf on the Shelf®: A Birthday Tradition, is a great opportunity for scout elves to add some extra magic to any child’s birthday soiree. Your kids will love waking up on their big day to find a regular chair transformed into a throne fit for a birthday prince or princess! Here are some of the scout elves’ favorite ways to deck the birthday chair. Read More

August Birthday Party Ideas

Seize the opportunity to soak up the warm weather this August with party themes in the great outdoors! Our scout elves are offering up ideas and inspiration for how to pull off these four, fun birthday bash themes that can take place in your very own backyard. Read More

5 Ideas for Celebrating Father’s Day

Sayonara, socks! Better luck next time, neckties! This Father’s Day, encourage children to give dad something much more precious—TIME! Whether lazing about at home or seeking adventure outdoors, kids can seize the opportunity to unwind with dad or grandpa on the one day devoted to your family’s patriarchs. Take some cues from our scout elves—who are always thinking up innovative ways to spend time with Santa—and let kids create a fun-filled day with dad! Read More

Making Memories...

When my Mom and I first decided we would approach Santa about writing another book—a new tradition focused on a child’s birthday—it was the result of having received thousands of letters from kids all over the world asking if their “scout elf” could return for their birthday. They implored us in person, over the phone, via email, and, of course, using the time-honored tradition of the stamped letter. Even my own children, knowing that I work for Santa, asked if he could send their elf back for their birthdays. Read More

Creating Family Moments...

Each year, as scout elves leave the North Pole and arrive at the homes of the families they love, we hear the gleeful sounds of children. They’re spotting their scout elf friends for the first time that year—or meeting for the first time their very own scout elf, sent from Santa himself. Those of us who work with Santa love this moment most of all. Read More

Today’s the day!

The Elf on the Shelf®: A Birthday Tradition is on sale across the country—and on Thursday, the authors of The Elf on the Shelf® will talk about the new book and the special tradition with Kathie Lee and Hoda on NBC’s Today Show. Read More

Santa Loves Birthdays, Too!™

Mark your calendars! On October 22nd, The Elf on the Shelf®: A Birthday Tradition will hit store shelves nationwide! The book recounts the special way that birthdays are celebrated in the North Pole—and tells you how to invite your elf to visit for YOUR special day! (Also includes a fabulous birthday outfit for your elf to wear!) Read More

Grandparent’s Day!

Here’s a treat grandparents will love! The scout elves made a special booklet just for kids to give to their grandparents! Fill in the blanks, decorate with plenty of color and sparkle, and put the pages together. It'll be a special gift of love for someone who loves you so much! Read More