Only nine more days until Christmas! There is still so much to do! At least that also means there are only nine more days to move the Elf on the Shelf. I know I’m not the only one running out of ideas and hiding spots. That is why I had to share this really easy Elf on the Shelf Candy Cane Hunt with you today.
We have two elves, Chippy and Snowflake. The kids love them so much. I mentioned before that we don’t get over the top creative with them. It is fun to throw in a few shenanigans during the elf season though. We always start it off with an Elf on the Shelf Arrival Breakfast.
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I also have an entire Pinterest Board devoted to these elves! There are so many ideas on there. Most of the ideas I save are super easy.
Pick up some Candy Canes at the store this week!
If you haven’t already done a Candy Cane Hunt with your Elf on the Shelf, add it to your to do list this week! Grab a package of candy canes while you are at the grocery store or Dollar Tree and you will be all set. You could also just do Amazon Prime if you are too busy for that!
To get ready for the Candy Cane Hunt, you will just need to hide the candy canes around the house where the elves usually travel. Our elves never go upstairs. It freaks the kids out to think they would be up there while they are sleeping.
Candy Cane Hiding Spots
I hid the candy canes downstairs and it took maybe five minutes. Some great hiding places are in the Christmas Tree, hanging out of stockings, hooked onto cabinet drawers, in the fruit bowl, and attached to toys or stuffed animals.
Elf on the Shelf Candy Cane Hunt
You will also need a note from the elves. Can You Find All 12 Candy Canes? Place this note and the empty box of candy canes with the elf for the kids to find the next morning.
To keep this super simple, you could handwrite the note on any paper. If you are concerned about the kids recognizing your handwriting, I would just type it out. That is what I did.
This little Candy Cane Hunt was a big hit this weekend. When the kids came down Sunday morning to this note, they were excited to start hunting for the candy canes.
Plus who doesn’t need a little activity on a weekend morning? I try to save the creative elf ideas for the weekend when we have more time to enjoy them.
They were able to find all the candy canes and then decided to hide them for each other. I call that a big mom win! Let the kids keep hiding candy canes and you can actually drink your coffee warm or get breakfast on the table!
This would also be a cute Christmas Party Game without the Elf on the Shelf spin to it. It is easy and inexpensive! We all love that combo!