35 IDEAS FOR ELF ON THE SHELF FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN
Do you wish you could share the Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition with your child with autism? If you do, these 35 Ideas for Elf on the Shelf with an autistic child will give you lots of simple, fun and educational ideas to bring this family tradition to life in your home as you begin getting ready for the holidays with a child with autism.
35 Elf on the Shelf ideas to bring this fun and educational Christmas tradition into your home or classroom.
POTENTIAL STICKING POINTS WHEN SHARING THE ELF ON THE SHELF TRADITION WITH KIDS WITH AUTISM
- Firstly, children who are “rule followers” may have trouble coping with the elf doing anything that could be interpreted as “naughty”, such as getting into a bowl of popcorn, rolling wrapping paper out on the floor or making a “mess” of any kind.
- Secondly, kids who have trouble using their imaginations may not understand the concept of the elf.
- Finally, some people with autism tend to take things at face value. Rather than creating a lot of complicated Elf scenarios that have subtle jokes incorporated into them, keep things simple for the best results!
Here are 35 ideas:
- Sitting on plain sight – Elf is sitting in the tree
- Where you least expect to find him – Elf is sitting in a shoe.
- Keeping himself amused – Elf is colouring in a colouring book.
- Smart Elf reading a book.
- Naughty Elf is in a jar of cereal.
- Mischievous Elf is sitting in a bowl of popcorn.
- Builder Elf is in a bucket of legos.
- Hungry Elf is in a Christmas cookie tin.
- Elf is sitting in a box of pompoms.
- Greedy Elf sitting in the fridge (maybe with a Christmas ornament or two to make it sillier).
- Messy Elf making a snow angel with sprinkles.
- Elf listening to music with headphones.
- Hiding in plain Elf in your child’s dollhouse.
- Sleepy Elf tucked into bed.
- Elf climbing the stairs.
- Messy Elf has made a huge mess with wool.
- Elf leaves little notes for your child with post-it notes.
- Elf has decorated your child’s dollhouse.
- Make your elf a little hammock and have him lie in it.
- Print miniature photos of your little one and have your elf work on a scrapbook of your child.
- Elf tapping away on the computer.
- Creative Elf drawing with markers.
- Elf riding on a toy train.
- Funny Elf all wrapped up in wrapping paper.
- Elf is taped to the wall.
- Mischievous Elf is taped to a toothbrush
- Elf is sitting on a toothbrush, or hairbrush, like a broomstick
- Hiding in plain sight – Elf is in a plant
- Elf hiding out in his Christmas stocking.
- Naughty Elf in a bag of crisps.
- Elf is sitting on top of the gifts
- Messy Elf is in the middle of the play dough
- “Trapped” in a mason jar or water glass.
- Tied up in a bow.
- Elf is writing a letter to Santa.