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FREE Elf on the Shelf Rules Printable (4 Versions!)

Instant download of a free elf on the shelf rules printable to use with your Elf this holiday season. Printable rules are a great way to remind your child not to touch!

Back at you with another set of Elf on the Shelf printables. If you are new to using a scout elf this Christmas season, then you might need an elf rules sheet for the elf’s arrival.

This free printable Elf on the Shelf rules page is great to use with our free elf I’m Back set and other elf on the shelf printables we have.

If you have a brand new elf that is becoming a part of your holiday tradition, then your kids might need to be told of the rules of the elf (or reminded!).

Young kids often are so excited to see their favorite elf everybody and forget about the rules. Most of these rules are also talked about in the story book that comes with the Elf set.

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Elf Christmas Tradition

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Just to get you up to speed in case you are new to this crazy Christmas magic, an Elf on the Shelf appears every Christmas season starting either the day after Thanksgiving or on December 1st.

Kids are told that the elf is in their home watching how they behave and then returns back to the North Pole every night to report back to Santa Claus.

Since Santa is still deciding on his nice list, kids will need to have good behavior reported back if they don’t want to end up on the naughty list!

elf onthe shelf rules printable free

Then Santa’s scout elves return to your home each morning and end up in a new spot. Children are not to touch the elf or the elf will lose its magic and not be able to return to the North Pole.

Some parents dread thinking up a new location every night and others have so much fun making elaborate scenes for this fun tradition. I won’t tell you what camp I landed in when my kiddos were young!

But really, the elf is just a fun way to entice young children to be kind and do some good deeds during the month of December (without having to remind them all the time!).

Elf on The Shelf Rules

I have included four different versions of the official elf on the shelf rules letter for you to choose from.

One has no images on it, just the rules, and the other three have images of elves on the top – a girl scout elf, a boy scout elf, and a black elf.

elf on the shelf rules printable

Simply print out whichever rules printable you want and hang up somewhere that kids can see every day. You will probably be referring to the rules of their favorite Christmas tradition a lot!

Here are the elf rules. Number one is the most important thing for all kids to remember!

  1. Please do not touch me. I will lose my powers. (No more going back to the North Pole to report great behavior, eek!).
  2. I can only talk to Santa and other elves, but I can listen to you anytime.
  3. I report back to the North Pole each night. I can deliver letters for you if you like.
  4. I must return back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve until next year.
  5. ​Be kind to everyone!
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If you are in need of elf on the shelf ideas, make sure to check out the following posts that also have free printables!

Elf on the Shelf Rules Printable Download

As with all my free printables, these are for personal use only! Please no selling or redistributing of PDF files or digital downloads. Thank you!

Simply click on the download button below and the free printable elf rules will automatically pop up to download as a PDF file. All versions of the cute elf rules are included in one PDF file.

If this is your first time with the Elf on the Shelf tradition, I hope it becomes a beloved fun holiday tradition for your family! Make sure to check out a bunch of other Elf on the Shelf ideas to get started!

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

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