Elf on the Shelf Notes for 2023 (Plus free Printable)

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As Christmas approaches, you may be getting ready to pull out the Elf on the Shelf which mean you will need Elf on the Shelf Notes. The popular elf may leave your children feeling even more motivated to behave well enough to get plenty of great gifts on Christmas day. While your children look forward to seeing the Elf on the Shelf during the holiday season, you might feel like you are at a loss of what to put in the notes that your children think the elf is writing to them. If you do not know what to write, check out these neat Elf on the Shelf notes for 2022 that are sure to get you through this holiday season while encouraging your children to continue behaving.

Elf on the shelf notes
Elf on the shelf notes

Elf on the Shelf Note #1

“It’s so kind of you to help your mommy with the chores today!”

Leave this simple note next to the Elf on the Shelf when your child helped you complete one of several chores in the house, such as washing the dishes, taking out the trash, or sweeping and mopping the floors. The sweet gesture makes your child feel like Santa and the Elf on the Shelf are watching and feeling proud of his or her good behavior.

Elf on the Shelf Note #2

“Hello, my friend! Let’s do a good deed today!”

This note is a great one to use when you want to encourage your child to do something positive and kind for someone else. A good deed could be something as simple as taking out the trash for an elderly neighbor or donating food and clothes to a homeless shelter. Think of some good deeds that you would like your child to do, set this note up with the Elf on the Shelf, and then get your child excited about doing something nice for another person.

Elf on the Shelf Note #3

“I did not move last night. I was too tired; I fell asleep. I’m sorry!”

This is the perfect note to leave when you are exhausted and forget to move the Elf on the Shelf. You do not want to ruin the fun or excitement for your child, but it gives you the perfect excuse as to why the Elf on the Shelf did not move the night before. If your child thinks the elf was simply too tired to move, it does not ruin the fun, and you can still come up with a different not to use the following day.

Elf on the Shelf Note #4

“Good Job! You finished your vegetables today!”

Getting children to eat vegetables is not always easy. If your child is a picky eater, you might spend a lot of time trying to convince your little one to eat those vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, and green beans. If your child does eat his or her vegetables, this is the perfect note to use. Your little one will feel like the Elf on the Shelf is noticing their good behavior, which may motivate them to want to continue eating their vegetables each night.

Elf on the Shelf Note #5

“Awesome Job! Keep It Up! Santa will arrive in 5 days!”

 Use this note when you want to motivate your child to do a great job at home and school. When your child realizes how close it is getting to the day that Santa arrives and brings gifts, he or she will feel more motivated to keep up the good behavior.

Elf on the Shelf Note #6

“I love catching you reading books with mommy.”

This sweet note is perfect to put out next to the Elf on the Shelf the morning after your child was reading books with you. If you are making it a nightly routine to have your child read a book to you and vice versa, this note is a good one to use. When your child believes that the elf enjoys the moments where you both are reading with one another, it is something that your little one may look forward to doing even more.

Elf on the Shelf Note #7

“You did a great job problem-solving today. Keep up the excellent work!”

No matter how young or old your child might be, you may want to provide some problem-solving encouragement. Using a note like this is ideal when you have noticed that your child solved a problem on his or her own, such as figuring out how to open something, completing math homework, or working out a conflict they were having with a friend or sibling. Your child will feel good to get recognition for effectively solving problems.

Elf on the Shelf Note #8

“You’ve been having a spectacular week! Keep up the great work!”

If the week is going quite well, you might want to use this note with the Elf on the Shelf. For example, your child may have brought home excellent grades on their tests taken at school while also behaving correctly at home. If your child is on a roll, you can use this note to encourage him or her to keep up the great work.

Elf on the Shelf Note #9

“I’ve heard you’re doing great in school. You’re making me proud!”

Children might think the elf is only watching them at home, but you can make your child feel like the Elf on the Shelf knows what is going on, even when they are at school, by writing this note. Knowing that the elf is proud of them tends to make children feel better while keeping them motivated to keep doing the best they can while at school.

Elf on the Shelf Note #10

“I see you being a caring and generous big sibling. You are awesome!”

If your child is an older sibling to another little one, this note is a great one to leave whenever you notice they are kind, caring, and helpful with their little sister or brother. Of course, siblings do not always get along, but it is a great thing when they do, and it is worth mentioning in a note from the Elf on the Shelf.

Now that you are getting ready to pull out the Elf on the Shelf and start moving it all around the home with little notes attached to it, these are some great note ideas to consider. The notes left behind with the Elf on the Shelf will motivate and encourage your little one to keep behaving and doing positive things.

Christmas ELF Fun for Kids

Elf on the shelf has become a tradition in some households during the holiday season and you can purchase the elf on the shelf at elfontheshelf.com

For other fun ELF activities check out this Elf on the Shelf Snack (with free Elf on the shelf Printable) and How to make this Cardboard Cone Christmas Elf Craft