Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? What kind of crazy shenanigans has your Elf gotten himself into? I have seen so many awesome and creative ways that people have placed their Elves, and I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas so that YOU can have some new ideas for your own Elf. We could all use a little bit of help in the creative department, especially if you have kids who remember little details from last year and you need 25-30 NEW ideas. There are quite a few Elf on the Shelf Ideas here that will help inspire you to make the holidays magical for your kids. Most of these are fairly simple to do and can be put together in just a few minutes, even when you’re frantic and forget to move your elf. Elf on the Shelf Ideas

If you have a toy airplane that the Elf can fit in, make a runway with a strand of Christmas lights! It is a great way to bring the Elf back too!Airplane, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Have a little bow fun! Get out all the Christmas bows and stick them everywhere. The bathroom is a great place because it’s a small room.Bow fun, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Stack up the toilet paper as high as you can for Elf so that the kids won’t touch him!Cant Reach Me, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Have your Elf bring some new coloring books and crayons for the kids!Coloring Books, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Trap your Elf in an empty cookie jar- You can encourage the kids to make cookies (after you eat all the ones in the jar first).Cookie Jar, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Give the kids some giggles with Elf in the crockpot. Cotton balls make great bubbles.
Crock Pot Bath, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Even elves get thirsty too. They love sugary drinks.Drinking Syrup, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Eggs for breakfast, or dinner maybe? Egg Writing, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Have a little door for the Elf just in case the kids ‘touch’ him. That way he can go home and get better quickly.
Elf Door, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Build an Igloo with paper and cotton balls for your Elf!Elf Igloo, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

An impromptu photo shoot is always fun, especially with cute girls.Elf Photo Booth, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Give the kids a little treat! Fairy bread is so simple- it’s just butter on bread with sprinkles!Fairy Bread, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Peppermint seeds grow candy canes. Plant them in flour and have the kids find candy canes in the morning!Grow Candy Canes, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

A little help? This might torture the kids because they know they can’t touch him!Help, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Elf loves hot cocoa too! Spend some quality time with the kids enjoying hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Hot Chocolate, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Have your elf bake some cookies, of course he will make a mini version too for himself! Here is the recipe for these delicious hot cocoa cookies.

Elf on the Shelf Mini Hot Cocoa Cookies

Marshmallow golf, anyone? Elves like to have fun while the kids are sleeping.
marshmallow Golf, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Make some mini pancakes for breakfast and have Elf waiting to be served!

Mini Pancakes, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Drawing a Minion on a banana might encourage the kids to eat more fruits- especially if they can show this off at school.Minion Bananas, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Write words of encouragement on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker.Mirror Writing, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Random acts of kindness should be taught at an early age- and a great way is to have Elf helping along.Random Acts of Kindness, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Set up the table with a craft for the kids to do. Toilet paper reindeer, snowmen.. the possibilities are endless.Ride a Reindeer, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

This could be a great way to let the kids know that there’ll be s’mores later!
Roasting Marshmallows, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

The Elf can make friends with the kids’ other toys and have sack races.Sack Race, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Create your own scavenger hunt and let the kids have some candy canes.Scavenger Hunt, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Buy some new pj’s or warm socks for the kids and let them wake up to Elf having a sleepover with his new friends.Sleepover, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Snowball.. err marshmallow fight! Powdered sugar makes for great snow.Snowball Fight, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Make some snowflakes and hang them up- and have the kids make some of their own.
Snowflakes, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

What have you gotten yourself into!? Sprinkle snow angels are fun.Sprinkle Snow Angels, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

If you have any Army men or Legos, the kids would get a kick out of their Elf being taken hostage.Taken Hostage, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Place your Elf up high, on an empty toilet paper roll swing!Toilet Paper Swing, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Another great way to keep the Elf away from the kids- ziplining from a doorway to the tree.Ziplining, Elf on the Shelf Ideas via Giggles Galore

Our elf doesn’t normally cause mischief or get into silly shenanigans, but he always arrives with a special North Pole Breakfast for the kids. It’s become one of their most anticipated things of the season and you can check out these posts to see all of the fun he brings:

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Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast 

Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast Giggles Galore

Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast

What Elf on the Shelf Ideas do YOU have in mind for this year!? Share them with us! We would love to see photos too!

Shanna Uptergrove

Shanna Uptergrove

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Comments

  1. Great ideas!! We have an elf on the shelf and after all these years of having it somedays coming up with ideas is just not that easy anymore unless I use previous ones.

  2. Your elf on the shelf ideas made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that!

  3. I love all these ideas! I had so much fun setting up the elf on the shelf for my little sister. The things people come up with these days are amazing!

  4. This had me laughing all the way through! Great, creative, fun ideas 😉 Thanks for sharing them with us at Funtastic Friday!

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