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!

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Lil Blue Boo

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

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Mommy Savers

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!

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Eclectically Vintage

Someone got caught in the candy dish.

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I Heart Faces

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

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A classic but fun snow angel.

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Monsters Alive Upstairs
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Beckie and Brad

Ahhh a bubbly bath.

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Rae of Light
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I Heart Faces

Special Delivery from Santa!

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Crystal and Comp

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.

For more fun ideas – also check out our favorite Elf on the Shelf photos.

20 thoughts on “25 Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas”

  1. These are all cute ideas. I like the snow angel the best. Although we don’t do Elf on the Shelf, my sister does, so I will send the link to this post over to her.

  2. Elf on the Shelf is really fun and I’m enjoying the ideas that you have here! I like moving it around and thinking of ways to entertain the kids!

  3. The bubble bath is hilarious. I miss playing with our elf. He just sits in a stocking peeking his head out now because his truth has been discovered. ;)

  4. These are really great ideas! I don’t do Elf on the Shelf now since my kids are all grown-ups, but I can still remember all the fun memories of our elf! ;)

  5. My kids keep asking for the Elf but we haven’t brought him into our house. It’s a fun idea and maybe these tips will inspire me for next year :)

  6. I have been looking for a few new Elf on the Shelf ideas. They kids are always excited to see what he got up to during the night.

  7. That is a great way to spend the holidays with your kids. Those elves are so cute and you can do so many holiday things with them. I need to get one for me and my son to play with.

  8. We’ve done a lot of Elf on the Shelf and it’s good to have more ideas because it’s so not easy to come up with stuff for him! These are all a must try!


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