This holiday season the Elf on the Shelf will be here before Santa. He’ll be watching from treetops, bringing you kisses, eating pizza, coloring pictures, having tea parties and special Elf breakfasts. Your Elf is creative and full of ideas. Are you ready for a little red elf to show up at your house? He may be naughty; he may be nice that is up to you. These 50 Elf on the Shelf Ideas will keep the excitement alive every day while your children wait for Christmas.
Elf on the Shelf Ideas
The Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas
The Christmas season is almost here! At my house, that means getting ready for the elf on the shelf! My children excitedly wait for our elf at the start of the Advent season each year. Prior to his arrival, I spend weeks gathering elf on the shelf ideas and materials to bring the elf to life. Are you preparing for a visit from the elf this holiday season?
Need good ideas for the elf on the shelf? Keep reading to discover all the secrets to a successful elf on the shelf and grab a free printable elf on the shelf idea checklist.
The Elf on the Shelf Tradition
This Christmas tradition is one of our family favorites! A special elf (the elf on the shelf) is sent to your home from the North Pole. His (or her) job is to encourage your kids to behave. Santa’s elf on the shelf watches the children every day and gives Santa a report at the North Pole each night to let him know whether your kids are naughty or nice.
Each night, parents move the elf on the shelf doll to a different location. In the morning, your kids will discover the elf has moved, creating the illusion that he (or she) has traveled to the North Pole in the night. Traditionally, elves also engage in mischievous activities or leave sweet surprises for the children they observe.
If you’re looking for ideas for your elf on the shelf, keep scrolling to get a cute printable list with 25 different elf on the shelf ideas and festive notes from the elf.
Want to share the elf on the shelf tradition with your kids this Christmas? You can get your elf and a storybook to help explain the tradition to your kids here. Another way to announce the elf on the shelf is by enjoying a family movie night. The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf Story available from Netflix this year. Then, don’t forget to register your elf on the shelf online to get a special adoption letter from Santa at the North Pole Registry!
When does the elf on the shelf arrive?
Your elf on the shelf can arrive anytime! Traditionally, he comes at the start of your family’s holiday celebrations. For our family, the elf on the shelf arrives at the beginning of the Advent season.
Most elves return to the North Pole with Santa on Christmas Eve. Consider using a special activity from this printable list of elf on the shelf ideas for your elf’s final night.
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Get the elf involved with making Christmas cookies, a great Christmas tradition.
Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas
Dress your elf like a ballerina and make your elf a little tutu skirt! It’s relatively simple, and something the kids can help out with!
With a DIY paper airplane, introduce the elf to your family!
Make a throne out of LEGOs for your little elf!
With baby powder, surrounding your elf in his little snow angels!
Get working! In this setup, have your elf working out with some mini weights.
Uh oh – the elf has been causing some trouble! In this prank, have him magically turn the milk green!
Get Dad involved with Elf on the Shelf by hiding the little Elf in his boots!
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Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas
Capture the moment of your elf flying – your kids would love to find a picture of him flying through the air!
Who says Santa’s little helpers can’t be the hero? Create this superhero costume for your little elf.
Make a little Elf breakfast with your Elf!
Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas
If you have good weather after a snowfall, send the kids outside to look for this elf in a tree!
Ideas to Hide Elf on the Shelf
Racing against the other stuffed animals, Elf on the Shelf takes the lead in this sack race with brown paper bags.
Have your elf blend in with some of your Christmas decor, especially little villages, houses, and towns!
Use this free “naughty or nice” behavior chart with your Elf on the Shelf.
If you’re looking for an easy place to put the elf, stick some gumdrops and marshmallows around him in this simple setup.
Oh no! Maybe your Elf on the Shelf has been naughty! Build this jail cell from candy canes!
Funny Elf Ideas
Teach the importance of helping others with this toy challenge, which encourages making the season about giving.
If you’re feeling crafty, create this gorgeous winter fairy garden, perfect for an elf to relax in.
Elves are the best! A fun prank (especially on dad!), this is a reminder that “elves rule!”
This easy idea involves your elf going bowling, with candy!
Elf on the Shelf Cereal Box Ideas
Where’s the elf? Hiding in a cereal box!
More Elf on the Shelf Ideas To Love
Get your elf involved with the game Twister! Grab the free printable
From a marshmallow bath to hanging from the cupboard doors, read what this little elf has been up to!
Have your elf make a grand entrance in this epic elf rocket ship setup!
What’s this elf up to? Hanging by the chandelier, of course!
Filled with a tiny bag of kisses, this Elf on the Shelf idea offers a sweet sneak peek of Christmas themed food!
Great for starting out your Elf on the Shelf countdown, this little poem is an intro to the elf!
He shoots, he scores! Have your elf play basketball with this scene.
Do more with your elf by giving him bendy arms and legs! Here’s a quick and easy tutorial.
Elves love pizza too! Make this mini pizza box, fit for a small elf.
Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas
With scissors and wrapping paper, stage your little Elf helping you wrap gifts!
With toothpaste and a toothbrush, have your elf get into some mischief in the sink!
Even elves need to shower sometimes!
In this creative setup, have your elf go fishing!
Create an Elf kissing booth – with Hershey Kisses!
Bundle up with this easy DIY elf scarf! It’s no-sew, and a great way to keep your little elf cozy.
Have your little elf climbing mountains with this set-up!
Great for all ages, enjoy a Christmas breakfast with your Elf on the Shelf.
Put your little elf in costume with these ideas!
Great for little kids to have an Elf on the Shelf cocoa party!
Uh oh – what do you do when your elf forgets to move? Check out these great excuses!
A twist on the Elf on the Shelf, meet Ellie the Kindness Elf! You can easily incorporate the two together.
Give your elf a pampering with this easy massage table!
Have younger ones who hurt your elf? Uh oh – elves lose their magic when touched! Use this magic elf dust to help!
Incorporate STEM into your Elf on the Shelf with this Christmas tree geoboard.
Get coloring with your Elf on the Shelf and these fun coloring pages!
Forget to put the elf in a new spot? No problem! Download this free printable excuse notes!
Make a tiny care package for your little Elf on the Shelf! Or, have the kids do it, and have the elf take it with him when he changes locations!
This dunk tank is fun and super easy to put together! It comes with a free printable!
Do you have fun with Elf on the Shelf ideas at your house or school?
Do you have any Elf on the Shelf ideas you could add to this list? I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to leave a comment below and share your ideas.
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