Whether you’ve got a new elf on the shelf or are dusting off last year’s, you’re probably in need of fresh ideas for the Christmas elf’s silly shenanigans. These 25 elf on the shelf ideas will keep your kids on their toes!
The elf on the shelf book and accompanying toy was first released in 2005 by a family wanting to share their own tradition. The elf watches over children and reports back to Santa on their naughty or nice status. Today, there’s an Elf on the Shelf movie and so much more.
However, it tends to have a little fun along the way! The magic of the tradition comes from parents placing the elf in unique positions and situations throughout the house over time for the children to wake up and find.
I’ve put together a list of 25 fun elf on the shelf ideas for you to try out with your family. From elf clothing and accessories to creative printables, your family is sure to have plenty of fun with your elf over the holidays!
Fun Christmas Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans
Don’t just move your elf from shelf to shelf! Kids love finding the elf in wacky and unique situations so give these elf on the shelf activities a try.
- Elf Refueling Station: Even elves need coffee to function.
- Elf Is Up To No Good: This elf gives a good example of who would make Santa’s naughty list.
- Elf Goes To The Mall: Why not let an elf help with your holiday shopping?
- Elf in Candy Cane Jail: Teach naughty elves a lesson!
- Elf Goes Fishing: A relaxing vacation for your elf.
- Elf Kissing Booth: Is this elf naughty or nice?
- Elf Gets Stuck: It’s not easy being small.
- Elf on the Shelf STEM Activities: Keeps kids’ brains stimulated while having fun!
Elf on the Shelf Printables
These printables give the kids more to do with the elf than just find it someplace new each day. There are great elf on the shelf ideas here like having your elf hide objects or encouraging your child to journal the elf’s daily adventures.
- Elf on a Shelf Naughty & Nice Printables: Reminds the kids that Santa is watching!
- Elf on the Shelf Welcome Letter: A warm letter from the elf to your child(ren).
- Elf Scavenger Hunt: Gets the kids involved!
- Elf on the Shelf Letters and Templates: Welcome, arrival, and goodbye letters.
- Elf on the Shelf Household Printables: Let the elf help with weekly and menu planning.
- Elf Magic Candy Cane Garden and Printable Poem: Includes an adorable goodnight poem!
- Elf on the Shelf Journal: Keep track of the elf’s antics!
Elf on the Shelf Clothes
The elf comes in an adorable outfit but your kids will likely get a kick out of the occasional wardrobe change. There are plenty of clothes and costumes you can buy or make yourself so you can keep things fresh and fun!
- Princess Gown: Glam up your Elf.
- Elf PJs: Even a Christmas elf can get ready for bed.
- Elf Ugly Sweater: Get you elf in on the sweater fun.
- Hoodie and Beats: Rock around the Christmas tree with this cute outfit
- Bathrobe and Slippers: Adorable!
- Elf on the Shelf Dressed as Olaf: Do you want to build a snowman?
- Elf Christmas Sweaters: Festive vestments!
- Elf on the Shelf Accessories: Let your elf frolic in style.
- Elf on the Shelf Ugly Christmas Sweater: It just might win a contest!
Elf on the Shelf Food
Whether you want to throw an elf on the shelf themed party or whip up a new holiday treat, these elf on the shelf ideas involving food are a must try!
- Elf Hat Snacks: Nearly too cute to eat!
- Elf Food: A unique chex mix.
- Elf on the Shelf Shares Green Milk: Sweet and easy.
- Elf Brings Breakfast: Elves help more than just Santa.
- Elf on the Shelf Candle Light Smores: A cozy treat.
- Elf Brings A Movie And Hot Chocolate: Fun for everyone!
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