Elf on the Shelf Notes (27 Free Printables)

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I am super excited already about the Elf on the Shelf visit. We have had the pleasure of their company (we have at least 5 of them visit our home!) for the last 9 years. No matter how old our son gets we still ALL look forward to their antics. I have put together 27 free Elf on the Shelf notes to make this year the best.

These Elf on the Shelf notes are a great way to add a special something to December. I have listed below what is on each of the notes and some ideas on how you can incorporate fun and free activities into each one.

printable elf on the shelf notes

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Elf on the Shelf Notes

I have broken these Elf on the Shelf notes into two categories. One that comes with a little more planning, for example leaving an activity for the child to do in the morning, and two that is just a note. I know what it is like to literally have no time, so those notes are a perfect way to make it special.

To print out all 27 notes scroll to the bottom of the page and they will be emailed directly to you in less than a minute. There will be 9 Elf on the Shelf notes per page and you will get 3 pages to print out. They of course look better when printed in color, but they also work if you print in black and white.

I have also included 9 blank Elf notes that you can use when you have a special occasion coming up. So if you are visiting friends or family, or going to visit Santa the next day, just use these blank ones.

With Christmas Activities

Bake some cookies! This is a great Elf on the Shelf note to leave if you need some help with baking this year. We always as a family bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve at the very least.

Write your Christmas wish list. This is one of the first Elf on the Shelf notes we will leave. Mainly so I know for sure what he actually wants for Christmas! You know what the kids are like they change their minds so often. If you are looking for Christmas gift guides check out the ones we have ( a lot of these are aimed at boys, but not all).

free Elf on the Shelf Printables

Let’s play some games. I have put together a list of our all-time favorite Christmas board games that you can enjoy with the kids. Check out our Elf on the Shelf printable games too!

Let’s get crafty. I love this one and always make time in December to either make new Christmas decorations or just a nice Christmas scene. We are not a particularly crafty family, however, in December we definitely do a lot more.

Write Christmas cards. Why not take it one step further and let the kids color in the Christmas cards this year? Download our free Christmas coloring cards for a really personalized treat.

Draw a Christmas picture. If the kids are not creative why not download our free printable Christmas coloring pages.

Christmas read-aloud time. Check out our favorite Christmas read alouds for kids of all ages. No matter the kid’s age it is so nice to snuggle on the sofa at bedtime with a great Christmas book.

Read a Christmas story. This one is for kids that can read of course. My absolute favorite kid’s book though is the Stick Man, in fact, it makes me cry, but it is a lovely picture book.

Let’s decorate the tree. I would love to say I let Freddie help me decorate our Christmas tree but I would be lying! So a few years ago I got a small one for his bedroom and ordered lots of kiddie-themed Christmas ornaments like this Star Wars one and let him decorate that one!

Christmas tree

For when you have no time to plan

elf on the shelf notes

Let’s watch a Christmas movie. We love them all. My all-time favorite is Christmas with the Kranks, and Freddie’s favorite is Home Alone. (All of them apart from the newest one, Home Sweet Home Alone which was particularly bad. If you have not watched it, don’t!)

Santa has sent you some treats. A really easy one if you really have no time (I use this one at least 3 times!) Leave a few Christmassy snacks with the note and the elf.

Do you want to build a snowman? This I think depends on where you live! We unfortunately live in South Florida so there is no chance for us. But if you live where there might be snow this will be a fun Elf on the Shelf note to leave with the elf.

Let’s have a sing-song. Well, who doesn’t love a good sing-along? Or why not go caroling? As much as I love having carolers come to the house, there is no way I would put that on my neighbors. I sound like a screeching cat!

Oh no, I couldn’t move as you went to bed too late. This is a great one if the kids have been a little naughty at bedtime.

See the Christmas lights. Take the kids for a walk, or a drive around the neighborhood when it gets dark to see everyone else’s Christmas lights. We of course walk as it is still hot here, but when we lived in England we would get in the car and drive around.

Santa says hi! – another easy one! But it’s such a cute one!

Make sure your bedroom is tidy. Santa is coming after all, and Santa can’t visit children who have a messy room!!

You had a great week! We love to celebrate the good times. So I would leave this note with a little gift, maybe a new Christmas ornament, or a Christmas book as a treat.

9 blank Elf on the Shelf notes so you can create your own. Perfect if you are going to visit family, or have a day out.

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Last Updated on 6 June 2022 by homeschoolof1

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