10 Tell-Tale Signs You Miss Your Scout Elf

It’s been more than six months since the holiday season swept in, leaving your eyes a twinkle and your heart aglow. Now, as spring fades to summer one thing is getting very clear—your family can’t wait to see its red-suited scout elf visitor again! Here are the 10 tell-tale signs that you and your kids are truly, deeply missing your scout elf. Read More

Bring Your Kids Together With DIY Sibling Connection Kits!

This Friday marks Siblings Day, a time for brothers and sisters to honor their special bond! As advocates of friendship and family moments, the scout elves are especially excited for this exceptional day. Moms, you can help your kids celebrate this holiday by supplying them each with their own Sibling Connection Kit, which they will use to create a fun-filled day focused on spending time with one another. Once you’ve created the kits and given them to your children, sit back and watch as they use the contents of the kits to seize Siblings Day! Read More

March Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

March birthdays provide a perfect time to celebrate the fantastical fairies associated with this month’s most famous holiday—St. Patrick’s Day! Similar to Santa’s helpers, leprechauns love taking part in birthday celebrations. Lucky for your guests, a leprechaun has already visited your home and left a series of fun activities in his wake, including what fun cupcakes to make, activities to do, party favors to make, and other fun scout elf suggestions. Follow his trail of tiny footprints around your home and discover all of the directions he’s left for your child and their party guests! Read More

DIY Tooth Fairy Tote

It’s no secret that Santa’s scout elves are huge fans of the Tooth Fairy’s work rewarding good boys and girls all over the world. So in honor of National Tooth Fairy Day, the elves thought they’d share this adorable DIY Tooth Fairy Tote with you! When your little one’s tooth starts to wiggle, reach for a few simple supplies to create this North Pole-approved bag, which will make it easy for the Tooth Fairy to find your children’s bygone baby teeth – and to leave a reward behind for them to find the next morning! Read More

February Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Kids who have birthdays this month have a wonderful opportunity to throw a birthday bash modeled after this month’s holiday: Valentine’s Day! The day, known for exchanging cards, flowers and gifts, presents a great opportunity for kids to show appreciation for their friends. Your child’s guests will be ready to fall head over heels for your party planning! Read More

December Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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

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

November Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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

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 for Kids

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