Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 50 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!
Elf on the Shelf is such a fun family Christmas tradition! You probably know what I’m talking about, but if you don’t, you can learn more here.
Anyhoo, the idea is that the elf’s job is to watch the children and report their behavior back to Santa before Christmas. The kids wake up each morning to find their elf in a new position around the house – and to discover what he is doing each day.
Sometimes he makes mischief, and that’s when it gets fun! If you want to get creative with your kids’ elf, here are over 50 awesome Elf on the Shelf ideas. Which is your favorite? Scroll down to see them and then let me know in the comments!
Elf on the Shelf Ideas
Does your kids' elf need some things to keep him or her busy? I've got a great list for you! There's all sorts of trouble to get into and put a smile on your child's face this December.
The toys conspired against this elf - tying him up until someone comes and rescues him! This reminds me of the novel by Jonathan Swift called "Gulliver's Travels." Is this elf in Lilliput?
Buddy tried to decorate - and ended up getting all tangled in the Christmas lights! He also likes to get tangled up in tinsel sometimes too.
Have your elf take a relaxing bath in a sink full of marshmallows.
I wonder if this elf is sick from all of the cookies he ate? Food related Elf on the Shelf ideas are so fun for the kids!
So Vain Elf
This elf decided to replace all the kids' pictures with his own! See how long it takes them to notice.
Billy felt guilty about eating the kids' cookies, so made them a new (mini) batch overnight.
Time for a Sleigh Ride
During the night your Elf on the Shelf takes a sleigh ride - with a bunch of toy car reindeer! Notice that his sleigh is a teacup.
Gift Wrapped Toilet
This elf wrapped up the entire toilet as a Christmas surprise. Who is going to unwrap it and what will they find? :0
How fun to wake up in the morning to your elf lifting marshmallow weights! Of course, they're just marshmallows - so it's a perfect amount of weight for the elf.
Building a Freezer Snowman
While the kids are sleeping, this elf decided to build Frosty in the freezer! It took him all night, but kids will have a fun time finding it in the morning.
Have your elf participate in a jousting competition with another action figure. I'm placing my money on the unicorn!
Hanging from the Fixtures
Where is the elf? Just look up to the light fixtures! Where is he hanging from? It will take your kids awhile to find him!
Kids will love finding the family photos tagged with mini mustaches.
Trapped in a Glass
Wyatt the elf got trapped in a glass while making mischief on a shelf!
Use an old toilet paper roll to make a hilarious doorway swing that your Elf on the Shelf is going to love hanging out on.
Dear Mrs. Claus
Is it an online romance? Is the Elf on the Shelf trying to escape for the North Pole? Who knows what he's trying to write, but the kids will find him in the middle of it.
In a Bag of Candy
This little elf got into a bag of candy - and got stuck! Now you'll need to help him get out.
Stuck to the Cabinet
Things obviously got a little wild for this little elf and his friends! He got taped to the cabinet while he wasn't paying attention.
Feed the Dog
Have your Elf on the Shelf feed the pets in a fun way - like with a toy loader.
Every elf needs a nap. This Elf on the Shelf took one in a tissue box! Don't forget the cute "stuffed animal" for your elf to sleep with.
Elf on the Shelf Massage
Everybody's muscles get a little bit tired at times, especially when you are moving around every single day. This elf settled in for a much needed massage!
Printable Elf Photo Props
This elf started a photo booth with his Barbie friends - complete with props.
It's easy to get distracted while making breakfast. This Elf on the Shelf idea involves waffles and a bottle of sugary syrup with a straw!
Elf on the Shelf Copier Pranks
Elf on the Shelf ideas get a little naughty: this elf went wild and started copying his bottom!
Pour out some rice so that your elf can make some mini snow angels.
Toilet Paper Roll Down the Stairs
This little elf thought it would be fun to take a ride down the stairs! He grabbed a TP roll and got a little wild. Wait until the kids discover this!
Jolly the elf stepped in reindeer poop and had to use the shower to wash it off.
Elf on the Shelf Yoga
Namaste! Inner peace is important to an elf, so he takes his yoga mat each morning and does his sun salutations and stretches. Post him in downward dog for some hilarious fun.
Printable Elf on the Shelf Donut Shop Props
Keep your Elf on the Shelf busy this holiday season with their very own Dasher Donuts shop! This free printable includes a donut shop window, elf-sized donut box, full-sized individual donut box (so your elf can deliver donuts to your house!), and an apron for the elf!
Walk the Runway
Smarty loves hanging out with the girls! He's got his own outfit to join in the fun - what did their night on the town look like do you think?
Home Sweet Elf Home
Elves love decorating for Christmas! This little elf set up his own holiday front door, complete with lights and a doormat.
This Hulk didn't come to play! He's got the elf in his clutches . . . what will he do next?
Elf on the Shelf Poem (Free Printable!)
Learn how to make a fun “Elf on the Shelf” display! I’ve also got a free Christmas poem printable your kids are going to love.
It's rare to see an elf crowd surfing, but you're lucky if you do get to experience it firsthand.
If there's one thing an Elf on the Shelf loves, it's sugar. Get the printables to make a Starbucks run display for morning.
Elves are known for their love of playing games! Have your elf get out the Twister set and play with some other stuffed animals.
Christmas Fortune Teller Printable
One night your elf can bring a Christmas fortune teller for the kids! This printable takes the fun to a new level with cute graphics and a game to decide what your Christmas personality is.
Elf on the Shelf Photo Booth
You're always taking photos of your elf . . . but why not let him or her have a little fun of their own? This cute photo booth comes with printables so your friend can take some cute "elfies!"
How to Stuff a Balloon with Elf on the Shelf
This is pretty magical! Now how did your elf get inside the balloon - and how was he able to write the message? Your kids may never know.
"It's Santa! I Know Him" Free Elf Printable
The movie Elf is a Christmas fave! Have your elf get in on the fun with these cute Buddy printables from the movie.
Elf on the Shelf Candy Cane Hunt
This Elf on the Shelf idea is fun because it's interactive! Have them hide a box of candy canes and have the kids search for them in the morning.
Teeny Tiny Christmas Bingo Cards for Your Elf
Who doesn't love to play Bingo? Your elf has been gaming all night - and you can print out the game cards to prove it!
Elf on the Shelf Star Wars Printables
Looking for a fun theme for the elf that the kids will love? Your elf can turn into some of the Star Wars characters using the printables in this post.
Elf on the Shelf Makes Q-Tip Snowflakes
When you leave your elf to mischief, mischief is what he will make! This elf got into the q-tips to make snowflakes.
Snuggled Up in the Fridge
While looking for a snack, this elf got stuck in the fridge overnight! Luckily he had his blanket so he could bundle up.
Elf is Camo in the Christmas Tree
Now you see him, now you don't! This elf tried to disguise himself to hide in the tree.
Elf Plays Scrabble
While you're sleeping, this elf decides to play a game of Scrabble. Funny that he spelled everything with a Christmas theme!
In a Bowl of Happy Apples
Do you ever feel like something is looking at you? Well you will right before you realize that your Elf on the Shelf put googly eyes on all the apples.
Hanging from a Paper Clip Bungee
Milo's having a fun swing from a "bungee cord" of candy cane striped paper clips! Who knows how long he's been swinging.
Last night the elf got busy sticking pom pom noses on all the photos! Now everyone is Rudolph. You can do this with temporary Glue Dots.
I hope you loved these unique Elf on the Shelf ideas! If these elf ideas are up your alley, I’m thinking you might also like these Christmas activities for kids:
Wednesday 27th of November 2013
Great ideas and so much fun!
Wednesday 27th of November 2013
Tara @ Suburble
Tuesday 26th of November 2013
Okay - the Gulliver's Travels elf made me laugh out loud! (But I did quite like the elf with a mustache - especially when he was hanging out with the Barbie gang! I didn't know that the Elf was such a lady's man! )
Great round-up, Amy!
Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs
Tuesday 26th of November 2013
Love these ideas! I have been thinking about getting the Elf on the Shelf and I think this had finally pushed me over the edge!!!!
Tuesday 26th of November 2013
Thanks... Perfect timing! Our elf will be arriving to our shelf very soon!