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Sunday, November 29, 2020

24 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

So you've decided to do Elf on the Shelf and you need ideas to keep the fun going all month long, because we all know December can sometimes feel like it drags on forever when you have an Elf visitor in the house! Don't worry we've all had that panic moment of what will the Elf do tonight?!, usually mid way through December when you've just climbed into bed. I've got you covered though with 24 different easy Elf on the Shelf ideas and tips to make the Elf on the Shelf run smoothly {although if you're reading this post mid December in a state of panic you'll just want to skip ahead to the ideas list}.

elf on the shelf on a christmas tree

HOW TO PREPARE FOR ELF ON THE SHELF


I personally love the fun of Elf on the Shelf and coming up with interesting and new ideas each night, however I totally understand that it can be stressful for some parents and by the end of December it can even feel like a chore. My biggest tip for a fun filled and stress free month with your Elf is to start preparing before December. Follow these tips to make sure your Elf antics are as stress free as possible.


ELF PROP IDEAS


I love using mini props with our Elf and I find the more years you do Elf on the Shelf the more you get into using cute little props. It can be as easy as using other toys the kids already have, mini figurines or Barbie accessories. There's also dedicated Elf accessories like the Claus Couture and Elves at Play sets.



24 EASY ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS


printable elf special delivery envelope

ELF ARRIVAL SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE

Have the Elf arrive in style in their own special delivery envelope personalised with your child's name. Get this printable elf envelope from Etsy and add your child's or children's names before printing. It also comes with a special Elf arrival card. 

elf arrival I'm back letter

ELF ARRIVAL LETTER

The Elf can bring a special personalised arrival letter when they come back to your house. Get this one pictured from Bubble Gum Designs on Etsy. There's plenty of other Elf arrival letters on Etsy if this one doesn't take your fancy.

elf on the shelf quarantine kit

ELF QUARANTINE KIT

I think one of the most popular elf ideas for 2020 will be Elf quarantine. All you'll need is a clear jar, or upside down glass, then print off this Elf quarantine kit from Etsy. It includes a 14 day countdown, printable mask, hand sanitiser, official medical certificate and printable sign boards to change. If you want an easy ride for 14 days of December this is definitely the way to go.

elf in bubble bath

ELF BUBBLE BATH

Even elves have to have a bath, but obviously you don't want them to really get wet, so make a bubble bath using cotton balls or white packing peanuts. We added a mini rubber ducky to ours and some Coles mini shampoos. Barbie pools also make great baths, or you could put the elf in a real bath tub filled with white balloons.

elf colouring in book

ELF COLOURING IN 

Set up the Elf with a colouring book and some crayons or pencils. We used the That's not my Christmas colouring book as it was a good one for the Elf and girls to copy the already coloured picture {you can get an updated version of the book here}. There's also Elf colour by number sheets available here.


elf name written in flour

ELF NAME IN FLOUR

Some elves love to get up to mischief in the kitchen, including writing their name on the bench in flour. Another favourite is making snow angels in flour. Just make sure they don't do it where you need to prep food though as you won't be able to move them all day.


elf and toys playing twister

ELF TWISTER WITH TOYS

When the kids are asleep the toys will play. Set up a game of twister with the Elf and any other mini figurines the kids have using this free printable elf twister game. You'll also need a split pin and paper clip to create the spinner for the game.

elf jenga using chocolate

ELF CHOCOLATE JENGA

If you have two elves set up a game of jenga using kit kats. To create a jenga tower follow the instructions here. It will be a huge test of patience for the kids to not eat the tower.

elf on the shelf mini book

ELF ON THE SHELF MINI BOOK

Print out an Elf on the Shelf mini book like A little of This and That so your Elf can read their story to all the other toys. Get the mini Elf on the Shelf printable book here {there's also mini versions of all the other Elf on the Shelf books included in the file}.

elf snowball catapult

ELF MINI SNOWBALL CATAPULT

Your Elf can have a snowball fight with this awesome mini elf snowball catapult. To build one you'll need green and red paddlepop sticks, a plastic teaspoon, rubber bands and some mini marshmallows. Grab the instructions and printable here.


diy elf on the shelf swing with toilet paper roll

DIY ELF SWING

Create your own DIY elf swing with a toilet paper roll and some string. Hang it from a fan, doorway, the ceiling or attach it to a paper lantern to create a hot air balloon swing. The Elf can swing upright or hang upside down like an acrobat.

elf on the shelf held captive by dinosaurs

ELF HELD CAPTIVE BY TOYS

This is a super quick idea to put together, just grab a few toys - animal figurines or Barbie dolls work well, then trap the Elf in a magnetic jail. When I did this the elf was held captive by dinosaurs. If you don't have magnetic tiles you could tie the Elf up with string or even tape them to the wall.

elf candy cane jail

ELF CANDY CANE JAIL

If you want to go all out and send the Elf to a real jail, download this candy cane elf jail printable from This Mama Loves. It's up to you how long the elf spends in lock up!



ELF STUCK IN THE TV

If you don't want to set up an actual scene with the Elf then set up this YouTube video on the TV. Somehow the elf managed to get himself stuck inside the TV! There's four different YouTube videos, one for each type of scout elf, find links to all of them here. The Elf may need to make a stealthy escape from the TV though or it could be out of action for the day.


printable elf cards

ELF ADVENT ACTIVITY CARDS

If you don't want to set up scenes with your Elf, or you want to mix it up then print off these free elf advent activity cards. There's 30 cards in the set including 10 blank cards where you can write your own activities. Some of the activities included on the cards are go visit Santa, make cookie, go look at Christmas lights and watch a Christmas movie.

christmas tree wrapped with toilet paper

WRAP THE CHRISTMAS TREE WITH TOILET PAPER

If you have a cheeky Elf they could wrap the Christmas tree with toilet paper. Who needs tinsel when you have toilet paper?

elf rolling down the stairs in a roll of toilet paper

ELF ROLLING DOWN THE STAIRS IN TOILET PAPER

I always leave this one for a night where I'm just not motivated to come up with anything exciting. Or the night I realise at midnight after crawling into bed that the Elf didn't move! Simply put the Elf inside a roll of toilet paper and roll it down the stairs.

elf hiding in cutlery drawer

ELF HIDE AND SEEK

Another super simple idea is to hide the Elf in the cutlery drawer for the kids to find in the morning. If they're having trouble finding them, ask them to help set the table for breakfast.
elf hats on family photos

DECORATE FAMILY PHOTOS WITH ELF HATS

The Elf might be lonely without his friends, but it's easy to turn all the family into elves with these free printable elf hats. Simply blu-tac the hats onto photo frames and voila, instant elf family.


elf photo booth and photo props

ELF PHOTO BOOTH + PROPS

Set up your own Elf photo booth with the free printable here. The printable includes the booth, photo props {you'll need to attach to a toothpick} and photo reels in all four scout elf options. 

elf on the shelf zip line to christmas tree

ELF BAUBLE ZIP LINE

If your tree is near a window or door frame create a zip line with fishing line or string and hang baubles off it. The Elf will love abseiling down the zip line towards the tree.

elf hiding in fridge changed the milk to green

ELF CHANGES THE MILK COLOUR

The Elf can make a fancy milkshake with just a few drops of food colouring. 3L milk bottles are especially great for this as they're the perfect size for the Elf to hang out on in the fridge all day.

elf on the shelf kind surprise magic trick

ELF KINDER SURPRISE MAGIC TRICK

To do this Kinder Surprise magic trick firstly leave the Elf with an egg for each child, a bowl of glitter or sprinkles and a note to sprinkle the egg and wait to see what happens. Then overnight swap out the eggs for Kinder Surprise eggs, voila magic! We do this one every year because the girls love it {and it also takes up two nights haha}.


elf on the shelf goodbye letter

ELF GOODBYE LETTER

When it's time for the elf to say goodbye, leave a special goodbye letter for the kids. You can download the one in the photo from the Elf on the Shelf website here, or there are plenty of personalised Elf goodbye letters available on Etsy.

20 easy elf on the shelf ideas




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