How to Get Your Elf on the Shelf to Talk

Many people are wondering how to get their elf on the shelf to talk. It’s simple! All you need is a little creativity and some patience, but it can be done! First, of course, you’ll want to make sure your elf has a voice box before you start. The easiest way is by using toilet paper rolls, aluminum foil, or even straws taped together with tape. 

You will also want to practice talking so your elf doesn’t sound like he is in a tunnel. Give them a few different lines of dialogue and see what they find most amusing! You could also put up pictures around the house and have them comment on them too! Read on to know more about how to get your elf on the shelf to talk.

How to Get Your Elf on the Shelf to Talk

10 Ways on How to Get Your Elf on the Shelf to Talk:

So, your elf on the shelf is on its way to you? Here are ten ways to get it talking. With these simple techniques, you’ll have your elf on the shelf stringing together coherent sentences in no time!

1: Give Your Elf A Name

This may seem like a silly first step but, the more your elf interacts with you, the more likely it is to start talking. A name can be simple or fancy. For example, you could go with “Elvis” or “Olaf.” Better yet! Name them after yourself, but make sure to change a letter or two so trolls won’t be able to find your elf on the shelf.

2: Give Your Elf A Catch Phrase Now

This is where the real fun begins! The more your elf interacts with you, the more likely it is to start talking. A catchphrase can be simple or fancy. For example, you could go with “Hiya!” or “Hey there!”. Better yet! Name them after yourself, but make sure to change a letter or two so trolls won’t be able to find your elf on the shelf.

3: Teach Your Elf Sign Language

Okay, so this isn’t necessary, but it’s pretty cool and will keep things fresh if your elf is talking back at you all the time. This way, you can have entire conversations with your elf and not be able to understand a word you’re saying.

4: Give Your Elf A Catchphrase Book

This is where the real fun begins! Now that we’ve got a name and catchphrase for our elf, it’s time to get into the good stuff. Make or buy a book of sayings and get ready to hear your elf talking in no time.

5: Put Up A Picture Frame

Ideally, make this picture frame the same one your elf is standing on. Then, take a picture of your elf and put it in the frame! Your elf will now know what it looks like and be able to describe itself when you ask questions.

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6: Give Your Elf Two Catchphrase Books

This is where the real fun begins! Make or buy another copy of the catchphrase book you already have, but make your elf read this one out loud. Then, when someone asks your elf a question, it can read off a phrase from its book! The only downside is that if it’s reading to itself, nobody else will be able to understand what it’s saying.

7: Give Your Elf A Chair

Another simple step, but it’s important to have your elf comfortable. An uncomfortable elf is never a good thing and can lead to irritability or rudeness. When you feel that your elf has been particularly bad, take away its chair as punishment. It will learn!

8: Make Your Elf A Suit Of Armor

This is another simple step, but it helps get your elf’s blood pumping. If it’s standing on an empty picture frame all day long, it might get sluggish and take its time when asked a question. Having the suit of armor standing up will make your elf feel like a warrior! Even if it can’t walk, it will still be excited to answer your questions.

9: Make Your Elf A Magic Wand

Another simple step, but it helps get your elf’s blood pumping. If it’s standing on an empty picture frame all day long, it might get sluggish and take its time when asked a question. Having the magic wand ready to go will make your elf feel like a wizard! Even if it can’t walk, it will still be excited to answer your questions.

10: Give Your Elf A Pet

Okay, so this step isn’t essential, but it’s pretty cool and will keep things fresh if your elf is talking back at you all the time. With a pet of its own, the elf won’t feel lonely when you’re not around making it talk. You could even have a parrot sit on its shoulder!

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Tips and Tricks:

When you bring your elf on the shelf to life, be sure to take a few moments with your child and introduce yourself to them.
  1. When you bring your elf on the shelf to life, be sure to take a few moments with your child and introduce yourself to them. Be sure not to let them see that they have an ‘off switch, usually the string/hook that attaches them to their spot.
  2. If you are using the Storybook that came with your elf on the shelf, be sure to have it read one time before hiding your elf so that your children are familiar with the story. This will make them more eager to find him wherever he is hiding.
  3. You can either hide your elf in a new spot each day or change his location each night.
  4. You can either stick to your original hiding schedule or let the elf play hide and seek with the children as he likes.
  5. Don’t forget to be the one to ‘recharge’ your elf on the shelf at night by putting him back in his designated spot before you go to bed.
  6. Have an Elf-sized space that is safe for your children to play in, with all of their toys put away so that they have time to play with him.

Conclusion:

If you’re looking for an adorable Christmas decoration that will generate some laughs this year, then the elf on the shelf is perfect. We hope our blog post has helped you think of creative ways on how to get your elf on the shelf to talk.

When we’re just about ready to give up and try a different idea, we find a solution! So try it out and let us know how much fun everyone had with this one. You can also find more ideas by searching “elf on shelf activities” online or check out the Pinterest boards full of inspiration!

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