21 Mischievous Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Delight The Kids

The 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 or


Once a family adopts the Elf, he 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 ideas for you, that will ensure the magic of Christmas Elf stays alive for everyone well into December!

Here’s a neat How-to video on 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.

Elf on the Shelf ideas by Carey Pace

Image via 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.


Image via A Small Snippet

#3. Stuck Outside

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


Image via Lil Blue Boo

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#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!


Image via Frugal Coupon Living

#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.


Image via Living Locurto

#6. Go Fishing

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


Image via Rocking My 365 Project

#7. Swinging Elf

Make Elf his very own toilet roll swing for the doorway, using this fun idea from A Small Snippet.


Image via A Small Snippet

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