25 Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas

We haven’t done “Elf on the Shelf” yet but I think we may have to start this year. Not only is it a great way to get the kids to behave (you know he is reporting back to Santa) but it’s also a great way to make fantastic memories. It reminds us what’s really important during the holidays – making time for each other, giving smiles and making memories. It’s also a fun way for adults to act like kids again. What better way to spend a few minutes each evening than conspiring a night of adventure for your Elf on the Shelf?

What are some of your Elf on the Shelf traditions? Has your elf ever had a wild adventure – let us know!

We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. – Buddy the Elf

This is a super cute idea. Purchase a picture book (you can get them at the dollar store) and place your elf’s picture in it!

Someone got caught in the candy dish.

 Who doesn’t love a night spent playing board games?

A classic but fun snow angel.

Ahhh a bubbly bath.

Special Delivery from Santa!

Well… everyone has to go.

15 More Elf on the Shelf Ideas

  1. Leave your children notes praising good behavior.
  2. Wrap up a few inexpensive gifts (like books!) to give the kids early.
  3. Create SUPER ELF! with a mask and cape out of paper/felt/cloth.
  4. Build an elf sized fort with pillow cases.
  5. Have a Tea Party with Stuffed Animals.
  6. Watch a Movie on the iPad
  7. Put bubbles in the bath tub before bath time.
  8. Ride around on the dog using his collar.
  9. Get caught with the tooth paste.
  10. Eating the kids breakfast.
  11. Make popcorn garland for the tree.
  12. Get caught reading!
  13. Taking off in barbies car.
  14. Replace stockings with dirty socks or underroos.
  15. Hanging candy canes on the tree.


Ashley spends her days avoiding run-ons as she turns words from yellow to chartreuse and wearing out the M & N keys writing about Travel, DIY, and Tech. She hopes to inspire the masses to travel and LIVE happily one InstaTweetPin at a time.

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