Elf on the Shelf First Day Idea

Free Printable Elf on the Shelf First Day Idea Poem

Hi. I’m Dinah…and I am obsessed with the Elf on the Shelf and it’s ALMOST that time. I love making cheap and easy elf crafts and all things Elf on the Shelf. Here is a simple print and cut poem for the first day of your family tradition. For this one, include a little treat for your elf to give the kids. This marshmallow treat is a quick and easy one.

Elf on the Shelf First day Idea

Here is a popular elf printable I have made with a free download: DIY Elf on the Shelf Luggage

Easy Marshmallow Snowman

First, make the snowman marshmallow treat. The printable I made will work with any treat, but I made this snowman in seconds.

Marshmallow Snowman (1)

Here is what you need.

Time: 30 Minutes


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  1. Simply stack three marshmallows on the BBQ skewer.
  2. Draw the face with black and orange food markers.
  3. Add the fruit roll up scarf. I fringed the scarf ends with kitchen scissors. If desired, add a fruit roll up cone shaped hat.
  4. Print the poem below!

Marshmallow Snowman

Free Printable Poem

You can make this printable any size you wish. I layed it with green card stock and added some little pompoms to make it a little more festive.

Elf on the Shelf First Day Printable

It says:

I’m Back!

Oh how I missed you;

It’s great to be back!

I made you some treats,

A sweet little snack.

I hope you like it

It’s one of my faves.

You better be good!

You better behave!

Download the FREE printable HERE: Elf on the Shelf First Day Printable

Here’s the finished product!

Elf on the Shelf First day Idea (1)

No time? Make this!

You can also used treats from your local grocery instead. I added little DIY Elf Legs and Feet for these.

Elf on the Shelf First Day Idea with Treats


More Elf on the Shelf (I told you I was obsessed)

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt – The Elf on the Shelf clothing you can buy at the store is so expensive. This is a quick and easy no sew tutorial for how to make an apron skirt for pennies.

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

Here is a video of some of my ideas. Enjoy!

Note: This post was original published on 11/29/2014 but upgraded and improved!

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