The holidays are swiftly approaching! Your Elf on the Shelf is likely soon to begin his annual shenanigans.
Do you ever feel the pressure mounting over what new and crazy mischief you must plan for your elf this year? Read more to find some creative, easy, and funny Elf on the Shelf ideas!
According to the Elf on the Shelf tradition, once adopted and given a name, a scout elf receives his "Christmas magic" and flies each night to the North Pole to report to Santa Claus on the day's adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and perches in a different place. The Tale of The Elf on the Shelf is a great way to teach children about generosity and kindness and make the holidays more about sharing rather than about wanting and getting.
The best part about Elf on the Shelf is the creativity parents can use to put their scout elf in silly places or doing fun and mischievous things. He or she is known to hide in creative places, and finding the elf together each morning is a fun family activity.
We know the holidays are a busy time. You've got a lot more on your plate than just cookies for Santa. But not to worry, there are plenty of parents who have shared their ideas online, and we've got some creative and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas that will make this year one to remember.
Maybe he's been taking notes on the cat's mischief? Get a little rope made out of yarn and he can be scaling the Christmas tree! If your elf is particularly a daredevil, maybe he can be climbing without gear!
You elf probably does quite a bit of sledding up at the north pole, so why not bring the fun to your house, even without snow? Your elf can be sliding down the banister! Make him or her a little sled using some tied-together candy canes.
*Cue spy music* These sneaky elves have to be pretty crafty considering all the hijinks they get into. They might even give Tom Cruise a run for his money. Set up some string from higher places in your home and have your elf (or elves) ziplining via candy cane to various spots in the house!
You can never have too many marshmallow ideas. Grab some green paper or felt to simulate a putting green, draw some holes, and have your elf putting with a candy cane. Little toothpicks with flags to mark the holes is a fun little detail. He'll be mid-game when your kids wake up to find him!
Looks like this elf got a hold of mom's hairdryer and wreaked havoc on the friendly snowman! Use whatever you have around the house (carrots, stones, grapes, etc.) for the snowman's features and a glass of milk for his melted remains.
Remember when those teenage neighbors (or maybe even you as a teenager) thought that covering things, especially trees, in toilet paper was comedy gold? That sounds about on par with an elf's humor, and probably your kids' too.
Who doesn't love a good scanner prank? Your Elf on the Shelf had little self-control when it comes to a machine that he can use to photocopy himself. Print a couple of copies and post them in silly places around the house!
Elsa has a knack for freezing things. You're most likely already well-aware of that. It looks like your elf may find himself in a chilly predicament, frozen in a cup of ice water.
Are your kids obsessed with Minions? Despicable Me and Minions took the nation by storm, and for some reason, those little yellow creatures liked to talk about bananas quite a bit. This is a quick, easy little project that your minion-loving kids are sure to appreciate!
We love this idea because it incorporates a fun activity for the kiddos to assemble and a delicious snack treat! Your little ones will be so excited that they get to build a snowman with their elf. All you need is some mini powdered donuts, candy corn, and mini chocolate chips. You could also include pretzel sticks for arms! This parent was brave to reference Frozen, though, as it may have prompted that song to get stuck in everyone's heads for the rest of the day.
This is a classic prank that never gets old. If you've got lots of pictures of your kids around the house, it's a simple way for your elves to wreak their havoc on your home. Just make sure you use dry-erase markers! Another idea: Have the elf replace all the pictures with himself (bonus points if he re-creates the poses in the pictures).
Use dry-erase markers to make an elf outfit in the mirror, so when your little one goes to brush their teeth, they'll find out what they would look like as an elf!
Okay, for this one you'll set up this YouTube video on your TV a few minutes before they wake up. When the kids get out of bed, spend just a couple of minutes looking for your elf, but with no success. Accidentally “turn” the channel and show them where your elf is stuck! Make sure to turn it off or switch the channel within that ten minutes or another video may autoplay.
You may have a very hungry little scout with all that traveling he does. This is the perfect way to answer that ever-lingering "what's for dinner?" question before there's a chance it's been uttered.
If your child has some other toys or figurines, surely your elf would like a friend or two to engage in his or her shenanigans. Barbie, Ken, G.I. Joe, Polly Pocket, or any kind of mini-sized friends would work to set up a silly scene. Have them doing yoga, making cookies, or singing karaoke.
Grab another doll or toy, set up some marshmallow forts (or just have them hide behind objects), and have a marshmallow snowball war! May the best elf win!
Remember when all of our kids did the floss dance? Everywhere? At all times? After being featured on Fortnite, it seemed like kids just couldn't stop themselves from popping those hips back and forth between their swinging arms. They probably don't have Fortnite up in the North Pole, or perhaps the elves are too busy making the toys to play video games. Either way, this confused elf is sure to make your kids giggle.
Uh-oh! With all the stunts he does, he could easily have an elf accident and end up in the ER! Use a piece of paper or a napkin to fashion a hospital robe. Use bandages to wrap up any sustained injuries, and get him hooked up to an IV so he can be on a speedy road to recovery! Poor guy!
Set up a fun little elf-sized game, like poker, and have him play with some friends! Twister is a fun idea, and you can make a mini-twister mat out of a piece of paper and colored markers.
Your scout is quite the busy little elf and could probably use a little pampering. Fill the sink, a bowl, or a crockpot with mini-marshmallows as "bubbles." Give him or her a charcoal face mask, cucumbers (cut from the very tip of the cucumber) a mini magazine to read, or a little turban or shower cap (made out of toilet paper)!
Set your elf up with a movie, remote, and some popcorn or candy! Maybe it's a Christmas movie you and your family can watch together that night.
Mom's makeup can be very tempting. All those fun colors, powders, lipsticks, how could an elf resist? Have your elf get into mom's makeup bag...results need not be attractive.
Elf on the Shelf is a soft doll with no internal support that would make it stand up or stay posed without external means. If you're a creative person, this can be frustrating. Here's a DIY method of making your elf on the shelf posable. This could help you slightly modify your elf so it's a little more versatile.
Still didn't find the Elf on the Shelf ideas you were looking for? Maybe you'd like something a little more specific to your family. What are your kids' favorite sports teams? Deck your elf out in their team's gear and have him watching game highlights on YouTube. Does your child play the drums? Make an elf-sized tin-can drum set for your elf to play! Does he or she dance? Play a sport? Love an actor or movie? Use these as starting points for making your Elf on the Shelf ideas a memorable and meaningful experience for your child. They'll be delighted that their favorite elf shares common interests!
We know it's a lot to come up with a new idea every night of December, especially with gifts to buy, food to make, cards to send, places to go, and activities to do. It can be overwhelming. The important part of this tradition is making meaningful memories and having fun, not stressing about it. That's the beauty of Christmas magic. The elf itself is a source of wonder and magic, so what he does is secondary to that. Keep that in mind as you celebrate the Christmas season with your family. Tag us on Instagram @getfamilyapp with favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas!