What is Elf on a Shelf? This feisty character was sent by Santa to check whether children have been naughty or nice. When adopted and named by a family, the Scout Elf receives Christmas magic and flies back to Santa each night to tell him about his day. Every morning, the elf returns home to perch on a new spot in the house, to delight children who rush around looking for him. On Christmas ever, the elf returns to the North Pole once again.
Elf on a Shelf Rules
- A scout elf cannot be touched. Christmas magic is very fragile and if a scout elf is touched, it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole.
- A scout elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! A scout elf's job is to watch and listen.
Accessible Elf on the Shelf
This Elf on the Shelf sits on a sound bar! He speaks encouraging words or plays music every 15 seconds or so. Children with visual impairments can listen for the elf and use the sound clues to locate him.
Orientation and Mobility Specialists: Use this auditory Elf on the Shelf during O&M lessons!
What about Rule #1, the "no touching rule"? Here is a wonderful letter from Santa Claus that explains why children with visual impairments CAN touch their Elf on a Shelf!
Ideas for Elf on Shelf Morning Placements
Does your mischievous elf get into trouble? See what these little elves might be up to! Visit Pinterest for Elf on the Shelf ideas . . .
Teachers and Parents: Be sure to read the book about the Elf on the Shelf with your child/student!
Official Elf on the Shelf website - includes kids activities and information for parents.
The music video below tells the Elf on the Shelf story.