21 Mischievous Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Delight The Kids


October 2, 2018

21 Mischievous Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Delight The Kids

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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

Elf on the Shelf ideas by Carey Pace

Image: Peanut Blossom

This is a fun way for your Elf to arrive for the season from Peanut Blossom.

#2. Playing School


Image: A Small Snippet

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


Image: Lil Blue Boo

Make some cute little Elf footprints like Lil Blue Boo did, and pop your Elf outside the patio door.
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#4. Playing Twister


Image: Frugal Coupon Living

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


Image: Living Locurto

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


Image: Rocking My 365 Project

Let Elf go fishing in your sink, like Rocking My 365 Project did. Brilliant!

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#7. Swinging Elf


Image: A Small Snippet

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


Image: Pigskins & Pigtails

Perfect if you are travelling to relatives in the run up to Christmas. Great thinking Pigskins & Pigtails!

#9. Ride a Zipline


Image: Rachel Swartley

Your kids will love seeing Elf ride the zipline, like Rachel Swartley setup for their Elf.

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#10. Puzzle Elf


Image: Busy Kids Happy Mom

Elf loves making jigsaws, he just might need a bit of help finishing it. From Busy Kids Happy Mom.

#11. Taped Up Elf


Image: Life With My Littles

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


Image: Frugal Coupon Living

Frugal Coupon Living have got their Elf rocking using some tin cans and pencils.

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#13. Sack Race


Image: Picklehead Soup

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

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Image: A Small Snippet

A Small Snippet set up their Elf and Rapunzel having a snowball fight, with mini-marshmallows.

#15. Emailing Elf

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Image: Lil Blue Boo

Get Elf to email Santa explaining why he didn’t get back to North Pole last night – clever fun from Lil Blue Boo.

#16. Skiing


Image: Picklehead Soup

Picklehead Soup has a dare-devil Elf in their house, trying some downhill (stairs) skiing. Watch out Elf!

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#17. Weightlifting Elf

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Image: Dirty Diaper Laundry

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


Image: Bombshell Bling

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


Image: Pinterest

Elf can sometimes make himself quite useful at night times, even fixing Barbie’s car!

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#20. Sunbathing Elf


Image: Biscuits ‘n Crazy

How cute is Biscuits ‘n Crazy’s Elf at the beach?

#21. See You Next Year!


Image: The Nerd’s Wife

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!

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Published On: October 2nd, 2018 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: December 15th, 2019 / Tags: , , /

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Jennifer, has 1 son and admits to munching a Cadbury’s Turkish Delight now and again.

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