Has the Elf on the Shelf craze hit your home? Want more ideas on places to hide your Elf to put a smile on your child’s face during that morning hunt? We have one week of Elf on the Shelf fun ready for you with our Name that Tune Game! Each idea features a popular Christmas carol and requires minimal setup with items left over from past parties.
Download the free printable card tents and let the kids play along all week long, trying to figure out what popular Christmas carol their Elf on the Shelf is trying to act out.
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First go ahead and print your card tents on cardstock. Trim to size and fold along the dotted line to form the card tents. Each evening set up your scene using the suggestions below and place the card tent nearby to surprise them in the morning.
Remember, you’re not supposed to touch the elf, as according to the book, they will lose their magic. Make sure to station your setup someplace the kids won’t touch it and you won’t need to touch it in order to read the back of the card tent.
- Name That Tune: Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Use those same plush friends or toy characters and have them lined up along your tree, large or small. Bonus: add some musical instructions in to make it really look like they’re rocking the house!
- Name That Tune: Oh Christmas Tree
Stack 8 green paper cups and a mini tree topper to like a Christmas tree.
- Name That Tune: Jingle Bell Rock
This one might be one of the easiest to set up but might take a little more guidance to figure out. It’s literally a jingle bell and a rock!
- Name That Tune: Frosty the Snowman
Puff up and stack up white paper lanterns to form the basic snowman shape. Use tape to attach them together then wrap a piece of crepe streamers around the center to create a faux scarf. Cut eyes, buttons and carrot shapes from orange and black cardstock to complete the snowman look.
- Name That Tune: Deck the Halls
Go through your party supply box and find anything red, green or white, like these paper chains, these dot garlands, or colorful crepe streamers, and drape it over the hallway of your home. Hang the elf nearby with his tent card suggesting this jolly song! Tip: painter’s tape is always great to secure something up high without damaging your walls.
- Name That Tune: Winter Wonderland
If mom or dad is a big coffee drinker, this project will be simple! Fold a coffee filter in half, then half again, then again and cut out little shapes along the folds. Unfold and you’ll have a snowflake! Repeat to make additional snowflakes to hang using fishing line, and bring the winter indoors!
- Name That Tune: Silent Night
Grab your child’s favorite plush stuffed animals or toys and a pack of painter’s tape and you’re all set to make a silent night in your home. Line them up, tape their mouths up and let the giggles (and hopefully not tears) happen when they see their favorites and their sneaky, seasonal helper Elf.
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