15 Adorable Elf on the Shelf Arrival Ideas!

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not forget that Elf on the Shelf is coming! If you are like our family Elf on the Shelf is now a staple of our household. The kids absolutely love waking up to find their elf, (they named their elf, Elfie) while we love (and some nights hate) to find clever ways for Elfie to appear the next day. Now, is the time to frantically search the internet for creative ideas on how to get started! Look no further. Here is a compiled list of our favorite Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas ranging from simple to complex. Brought to you by, the wonderful and clever parents on Pinterest. 

Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter

Teasers for the Arrival of Elf on the Shelf

Here are two super cute ways to tease the arrival of your elf on the shelf if you need an extra day or two before your Elf enters the home.

# 1: Dashing through the snow

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Is your Elf not yet ready to make an appearance? Tease your child with little footprints. The Elf is somewhere, but where? This is a cute reminder that the Elf is always watching even when he can’t be seen. Check the idea out here!

Materials Needed:

  • White powder
  • Anything to make foot imprints (if you don’t have an Elf quite yet)

# 2: See you soon!


Send a postcard to your child to update them on your Elf on the Shelf’s fun adventures! A postcard will also serve as a reminder to be on their best behavior this holiday season because Elf on the Shelf will be returning soon! Read more about this Elf on the Shelf arrival idea here!

Materials needed:

  • A fun location
    • e. Beach, Theme Park, Pumpkin Patch, etc.
  • Camera
  • Access to a printer

The Arrival of Elf on the Shelf

# 3 Chimneys are so much easier


Everyone knows Santa prefers entry via Chimney, so it only makes sense that his Elves do as well! But it’s okay if you don’t have a chimney! All you have to do is tape the Elf to your front door. In the absence of a chimney, there doesn’t seem to be a way inside! Without Santa’s magic, the only option seems to be waiting on the front door for someone to let them in! Check it out.

Materials needed:

  • Sticky note and pen (Not required)
  • Tape
  • A door

# 4 Incoming! A Paper Plane Elf on the Shelf Arrival


This Elf’s preferred way to travel is via paper planes! Who doesn’t love making paper planes? Here are the details!

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Paper folding skills (See YouTube)
  • String
  • Writing Utensil

# 5 Elf on the Shelf Emergency Landing Arrival!


This paper plane landing didn’t turn out so well… yikes. Someone needs to take flying lessons. Maybe they can get some help from Santa’s Reindeer? Learn more about this idea here!

Materials needed:

  • A tree
  • Paper Plane
  • Writing Utensil

# 6 All I want for Christmas is… candy, and lots of it.


Halloween might be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a gumdrop or two! Or three… or however many it took to spell “I’M BACK.” I think I’d need to purchase twice the amount of candy to make this idea happen, I’d probably eat it all… See more of this candy masterpiece!

Materials needed:

# 7 Scaling the walls

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Although this photo takes place inside, this idea can still be used for an arrival! Instead of a window, tape/stick the bows on the outside of the house where your child can easily see the Elf scaling the wall! There’s an entrance somewhere! Check out this idea here. 

Materials needed:

# 8 Melted snow, melted snow, melted snow…


I think this might be my favorite Elf on the Shelf Arrival idea. This is an accurate representation of what happens to snow when it meets the heat! Unless you live in a place where it’s constantly snowing and below freezing, this arrival idea is perfect for you. Here are the deets!

Materials needed:

  • Pan
  • Paper and pen
  • Googly eyes
  • Twigs
  • Buttons
  • Carrot
  • Water

# 9 Intruder alert!


“Stop Elf! You’re trespassing!” – Toy Soldiers

This idea is a cute way to incorporate toys that may already be present in the home. I know I have quite a few toy soldiers lying around in a box somewhere. Here are the details of this idea!

Materials Needed:

# 10 Pop goes the Elf!


This Elf is super excited to return; whether to spread joy or cause some mischief, no one quite knows. Let’s hope they don’t damage anything else during their stay. Here’s the idea!

Materials needed:

# 11 Deck the walkway with strings of light

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This elf is ready to decorate the outside of this home to spread some Christmas cheer! Light up your walkway! Here’s more on the idea. 

Materials needed:

  • Strings of Light
  • An outside power socket
  • Possibly an extension cord (depends on the length of the lights and the distance to socket)

# 12 Santa Claus is always watching… always watching


I am 100 % guilty of snooping under the tree during Christmas time. I’m not going to lie; I still shake the boxes that have my name on it. Growing up, if I believed that my snooping was being recorded, I can promise you I wouldn’t have risked being caught! My family should’ve installed a “camera.” Check it out here!

Materials needed:

  • North Pole Camera
    • The one shown in the picture was found in Dollar Tree
    • Home Made
      • Paper
      • Markers
      • A bulb that can pass as a camera
    • Something to clip the “camera” to the tree
      • Binder Clip
      • Paper clip
      • Clothespin

# 13 The Elf has landed

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This Elf has perfected the art of landing. Maybe what the Elves needed was a plane made of something other than paper. This Elf should share their skills with their friends. Crashes would happen a lot less. Here’s more on the idea. 

Materials needed:

  • Toy Plane
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • String Lights

# 14 Oh, bring us some Reindeer Pudding

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This Elf on the Shelf idea is adorable, and I love that the pudding looks like reindeer! The family will have a sweet snack to eat when it’s time for the Elf to move elsewhere in the home. Learn more about this idea.

Materials Needed:

  • Chocolate Pudding cups
  • Brown Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Red pom poms
  • Glue
  • Fake snow

# 15 Home for the Holidays


An Elf is making a home inside the walls! In this photo, we see an Elf has showcased their hideout with a door. Where it leads? No one quite knows. One can only hope it’s where the Elf keeps the materials for all their projects! The preparation and aftermath must be hidden somewhere… Check it out here!

Materials needed:

  • Door
    • Can be purchased at a craft store
  • A Letter (optional)
  • Wreath
  • Miniature toy Christmas lights


Now that you’ve picked an Elf arrival idea (at least I hope you have), it’s time to find more adventures your Elf on the Shelf can go on to encourage your child to be on their best behavior throughout this holiday season.

Click one of the below links for a list of fun ideas to continue your Elf’s journey in your home! From when your elf name, arrival letter, and goodbye; 

75 Unique & Fun Girl & Boy Elf on the Shelf Names

10 Super Fun Ideas for your Elf on the Shelf Return Letter

10 Fun & Clever Elf on the Shelf Goodbye Letter Ideas


Do you want to learn more about Elf on the Shelf? Check out all the Amazing Elf on the Shelf Items Available!

Best Scooter for Kids [Our Top 15 + What to Look For]

In the world of outside toys, scooters reign supreme in both the minds of parents and kids. They are fairly easy to learn to ride, and when adjusted correctly can be very sturdy and safe. Whether you are looking for something to introduce your toddler to riding a scooter or looking for a scooter made for stunts for your bigger kiddo who rides around the neighborhood with friends, this list has it all. 

What to Look for in a Scooter for Kids

There are many things to consider when looking for a scooter for your little one. All the scooter options below have rave reviews and have special features that we love. It is really just about finding the best fit for your child and knowing what they are ready for. 

  • Durability
  • A smooth, stable ride 
  • A good fit for your child’s capabilities; toddler/three-wheeled/stunt
  • Grow with me features 
  • Easy to fold up and store
  • Lightweight enough for your little one to pick it up and turn it around or carry it if necessary 
  • Quality brakes, wheels, and steering mechanisms 

15 Best Scooters for Kids

1) Micro Maxi Deluxe- Best Scooter Overall for Kids

Price: $139.99

You want to be sure that anything with wheels your little one will be hopping on is super sturdy. The Micro Maxi Deluxe Scooter is pretty much indestructible. At the same time, it rides smooth and is easy to steer. You lean to steer with your bodyweight just as you would on a skateboard, but the scooter provides a bit more stability. This scooter is best for children 5-12 years old, giving it a pretty good range.

You can replace every piece of this scooter, so even when it is getting run down you can make it feel brand new again. Also, you can easily remove the T-bar if you need to store the scooter or want to take it somewhere with you. On top of this, it weighs just 5 lbs. 

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2) Razor A5 Lux Scooter

Price: $79

Razor is a well-trusted brand and has been making go-to scooters for years. The A5 Lux keeps all the great things about their original scooter, but is bigger and has deluxe extra-large urethane wheels. These wheels make for an extra smooth ride and can hold riders up to 220 lbs. One of my favorite things about this scooter is how easy it is to fold up and take along wherever you go. This is a great feature for pre-teens who are gaining their independence and want an easy way to get across the neighborhood but don’t want to be left with bulky equipment like a bike. 

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3) Globber Primo Plus

Price: $72

This scooter is a wonderful option if you are looking for something that can help your little one learn the basics, and grow with them as they figure it out. There is a steering lock button that helps little kiddos to learn, and even though it is a three-wheeled scooter they have made it very easy to fold up. The T-bar is also very easy to adjust, which is wonderful for fast-growing children. 

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4) Razor A3

Price: $62

For our second Razor brand scooter on the list, we bring you the Razor A3. It is more petite than the A5 Lux, and probably more of the traditional Razor you are used to seeing. It is a kick scooter made of sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum with a shock-absorbing front wheel and a rear fender brake. There are foam handle grips and it is easy to adjust the handlebar height. It is also lightweight and easy t0 fold and to carry. This scooter is made for kids 5 years old and up! 

5) Den Haven Scooter

Price: $19.95

If you are looking for one of the best scooters for kids on a budget, the Den Haven Scooter is a wonderful choice. It is a three-wheeled scooter with a handlebar that can lock in place for new riders. The wide deck makes for smooth, fun, and easy riding. If one of your worries about the low price is that it might be made of low-quality materials, think again! It is made of metal and durable nylon composites very similar to those of much more expensive scooters. 

6) Radio Flyer My First Scooter- Best Scooter for Little Kids

Price: $34.99

Like it says right in the name, this Radio Flyer makes for a great first scooter for little ones. In fact, it is made specifically for children 2-5 years old and has a turning radius designed for safety. The deck is even textured so little feet will have extra traction and the scooter is low to the ground with three wheels. You will probably be surprised to find out that scooter riding can actually help your toddler with the development of both balance and coordination. 

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7) MorfBoard Skate & Scoot Combo 

Price: $146

The MORFBOARD is a totally new type of scooter, and we are loving it! It is made for skating, scootering, bouncing and balancing. As you probably guessed from the name, this board can morph into many different things. You can easily switch between a skateboard and a scooter with no tools required.

It is great for both the casual rider and the daredevil who wants to try out some tricks. Best of all, it comes in four great trendy colors that your kiddo is sure to love. 

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8) Yvolution Fliker Air A1 Push Swing Scooter- The Best Unique Scooter for Kids

Price: $90

Another unique scooter option on this list is the Yvolution Y Fliker Air A1. It is a self-propelled scooter that is perfect for drifting and freestyle riding, which is loads of fun. You do not ever have to put your feet on the ground, but instead, sway side to side to propel the scooter forward. Because there are two decks instead of one, your child will actually be more secure. There are also quick-response brakes, anti-slip footplates, and super-grip wheels. Even with its unique design, the scooter is still easy to fold up and store. 

9) Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter

Price: $159.99

If you have a kid who already loved scootering and is looking to take things up another level, gift them with their very first stunt scooter. It is built tough for kids and great for both the intermediate and beginner stunt rider. It has a sleek design and custom components that will make your child feel like the coolest kid in the skate park. They ride super smooth and are durable so they stay in good shape for the long run. 

10) Mongoose Expo Scooter 

Price: $39

Again, the Mongoose is a more unique option in the scooter world with its 12-inch air-inflated wheels, perfect for all types of terrain. I like to think of it as more of a stand-up bike since it has the bigger air-inflated wheels and BMX style hand brakes and axle pegs. These brakes allow for great speed control and the ability to come to an immediate stop if necessary.

Best news of all for parents, this scooter comes pre-assembled so once it is at your door it’s ready to go. 

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11) Lascoota 2-in-1 Kick Scooter with Removable Seat

Price: $69.95

This 2-in-1 scooter is amazing for toddlers! Not only is it fun with light-up wheels that flash as you get moving and bright colors, but it has the option to add on a seat. The seat is adjustable and can be easily taken off and put back on. Your little one can scoot around in the seat until they are confident enough to stand on the scooter.

Once they are ready to stand, this is a great scooter because it’s a self-balancing scooter providing your child with plenty of stability. It is also easy to turn and stop and is low to the ground to make hopping on and off easy.

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12) Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe 

Price: $89.99

The Micro Mini is a favorite scooter among many kids. It is a three-wheeled scooter perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. This scooter is another lean to steer, which is very easy for young children to get the hang of. It is also very lightweight so your kiddo can pick it up, carry it, and turn it around with ease. 

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13) BELEEV Kick Scooter

Price: $59.95

This is another fun scooter with flashing light-up LED wheels. They are so bright you will even be able to see them in the daylight, but the make night time rides a blast. This scooter is very versatile and your child can ride it from ages 3 to 14. On top of this, this scooter features all the important basics. It has great wheels, a durable and wide deck, lean to steer technology, and a reliable foot brake. 

14) Jetson Orbit Light Up Scooter

Price: $27.72

Like we mentioned above, getting one of the best scooters for your kid does not have to break the bank. This is a great scooter with lights all over the frame that comes at a budget-friendly price. Just remember to grab a pack of AA batteries to light up the stem and deck lights! 

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15) Pulse Performance Revster 200- Best Budget-Friendly Electric Scooter for Kids

Price: $59

Of course, we cannot forget the electric scooters! The Pulse Performance Revster 200 has Push-To-Go technology and provides a smooth ride from the moment you begin. The wheels are puncture proof and durable, along with a great chain drive system. The rear foot brake provides a motor power shut off and quick, safe stopping. 

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