Elf on the Shelf has become a part of many households at Christmas time. Kids love nothing more than dashing about the house wondering what their mischievous little Elf has gotten up to during the night! But for parents, the joy of their happy faces can often be short lived, when faced with coming up with new and exciting adventures, night after night, for the little elves living in your home! Here are 21 mischievous Elf On The Shelf ideas to delight the kids.
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If you’ve never actually heard of the Elf on the Shelf (where have you been?!), they’re special scout elves sent from the North Pole to help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists. You can get them on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.
Once a family adopts the Elf, he or she comes to live in their home, to keep an eye on things during the day, and uses Christmas magic to return to the North Pole each night and report on the children. He returns home next morning, and invariably ends up in a new location, resulting in the kids madly dashing about the house next day trying to find their Elf!
And whilst the kids are having a great time, you’re the one who has to get creative each night before you go to bed about Elf’s morning location. But fear not, we’ve found some neat Elf on the Shelf ideas for you, that will ensure the magic of Christmas stays alive for everyone well into December!
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Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas to Try
Before you get started, here’s a neat how-to video that shows you how to make your Elf bendy and poseable, which you will need for some of the creative ideas below.
#1. Parachuting Elf
This is a fun way for your Elf to arrive for the season from Peanut Blossom.
#2. Playing School
How about getting Elf to play school and teach the rest of the toys, like this clever idea from A Small Snippet. If you don’t have a blackboard, use a whiteboard, etch-a-sketch or just some paper.
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#3. Stuck Outside
#4. Playing Twister
Elf will love playing twister with all his pals on this fun elf-sized Twister game from Frugal Coupon Living – download the Twister printable and off they go!
#5. LEGO Ambush
Uh oh! Think Elf has gone and upset the Lego toys. But they’ve gotten their revenge. Love this idea from Living Locurto.
#6. Go Fishing
Let Elf go fishing in your sink, like Rocking My 365 Project did. Brilliant!
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#7. Swinging Elf
Make Elf his very own toilet roll swing for the doorway, using this fun idea from A Small Snippet.
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#8. In The Car
Perfect if you are travelling to relatives in the run up to Christmas. Great thinking Pigskins & Pigtails!
#9. Ride a Zipline
Your kids will love seeing Elf ride the zipline, like Rachel Swartley setup for their Elf.
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#10. Puzzle Elf
Elf loves making jigsaws, he just might need a bit of help finishing it. From Busy Kids Happy Mom.
#11. Taped Up Elf
Looks like Elf has gone and gotten himself into trouble again with some more of the toys in this clever idea from Life With My Littles.
#12. Drummer Boy Elf
Frugal Coupon Living have got their Elf rocking using some tin cans and pencils.
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#13. Sack Race
Picklehead Soup has a fun idea for an Elf and buddies sack race. Looks like Elf has got the lead!
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#14. Snowball Fight
A Small Snippet set up their Elf and Rapunzel having a snowball fight, with mini-marshmallows.
#15. Emailing Elf
Get Elf to email Santa explaining why he didn’t get back to North Pole last night – clever fun from Lil Blue Boo.
Picklehead Soup has a dare-devil Elf in their house, trying some downhill (stairs) skiing. Watch out Elf!
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Our FREE Elf on the Shelf Planner is perfect for organising all your elf antics!
#17. Weightlifting Elf
Elf likes to keep himself fit and strong! Dirty Diaper Laundry got Elf doing some weights, using a straw and marshmallows.
#18. Build a Snowman
Let Elf build their very own snowman, using marshmallows. This is from Bombshell Blingwho has lots of more inspiring Elf ideas using marshmallows.
#19. Elf Mechanic
Elf can sometimes make himself quite useful at night times, even fixing Barbie’s car!
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#20. Sunbathing Elf
How cute is Biscuits ‘n Crazy’s Elf at the beach?
#21. See You Next Year!
A fun way for Elf to say goodbye, from The Nerd’s Wife. This uses snow spray and a cut-out template which is available to download.
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Have you any more fun Elf on the Shelf ideas? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!