I would use a big bowl. Idea for the first morning our Elf! Mel the Elf, swimming in a sink of mini marshmallows, and a bowl of powdered donuts for breakfast with a little treat for the kids, and of course the Elf on a Shelf book to read!
An Elf teaching kids how to behave. Preach to your kids about being good.Only to have a naughty elf teach them to be. I always wondered why the elf did "bad" things if he was supposed to help kids behave.