It’s that time of the year again, the time when every parent wakes up in a cold sweat wondering “did we move the elf last night”? Seriously, raising kids Pre Elf On The Shelf must have been so easy, right!?? Just kidding… raising kids is NEVER easy.
Anyhow, I sometimes like to think of the Elf On The Shelf not as a chore but rather as an opportunity to bribe my kids to do the right thing. If you are with me on that, I’ve got 10 scenarios for your elf below to encourage your little ones to brush their teeth and take great care with their oral hygiene this holiday season. I’ve also included some fun printables to download when you need some help with coming up with elf ideas! Better yet… use them all, your kids will have the best teeth in town this holiday!
10 Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Get Your Kids To Brush And Floss (With Printable Cards)!
1.Have your elf sitting on the bathroom counter holding a tube of toothpaste. Write “Good Morning” in the sink or on the counter with the toothpaste. Let me apologize in advance for the mess on this one!
2.Include this sign with your elf encouraging a daily challenge: Floss… and then Floss (the dance), to make flossing something fun!
3.Write on the bathroom mirror with dry erase marker the following: Santa Is Watching… Make Sure To Brush & Floss! Position your elf such that it is right next to all the necessary oral hygiene supplies!
4.Have your elf sitting with this sign, encouraging your children to take a selfies with your elf, but brushing first of course!
5.Set up a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss scavenger hunt. When your kids find your elf in the morning have the first clue in its hands. The last clue should read: Now that you have everything you need, brush and floss and you will succeed! You can also include a small (non sugary of course) surprise once brushing and flossing is complete!
6.Sit your elf next to your child’s dresser/wardrobe to remind them that the prettiest thing they can wear is a smile! But of course, smiles have to be cared for diligently!
7.Have your elf sit next to the toothbrush/toothpaste with this sign reminding your children that Santa is always watching!
8.Have your elf sitting with some holiday bells with this auditory reminder to brush!
9.On the first day of December, have your elf present your children with a 3 week/21 day challenge: Floss everyday and receive a gift from your elf on day 21! It has been shown that a habit can form in as little as 18 days. If your child can be motivated to keep the daily habit of flossing throughout September, it just might become a regular thing into the new year!
10.For those diehard tooth fans out there (currently raising my own hand on this one), this cute tooth costume from Etsy would be a perfect addition to your elf’s wardrobe and daily antics!
To utilize any of these images, simply save to your computer and print out, or, follow this link to Canva where you can customize and download. Please be aware, a few images used in these signs will require purchase from Canva to download. Alternatively, you can switch out those images that require purchase to those that are free!
Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari has been a practicing pediatric dentist for over 7 years working in both the children's hospital setting and private practice. She has had a wealth of experience treating children of all ages, and medical conditions. When it comes to serving children, she feels the importance of communication between the dentist and parent can not be emphasized enough. Dr. Kalantari practices in her family owned dental office in Mission Viejo, California