25 days of Elf on the Shelf can seem overwhelming. With some creativity and a little planning, the Elf can become one of your family’s favorite Christmastime traditions.
There's nothing more exciting for kids than some Christmas magic. Here are 25 simple Elf on the Shelf ideas to keep the Santa spirit alive.
Elves are known to be a bit on the silly side. Have fun with Santa’s little helper!
1. Strike a Pose: Elf poses in silly toy schemes. One morning he’s fighting Darth Vader in a Star Wars battle, the next he’s having a tea party with the dolls.
2. Story Time: Elf reads a Christmas book to “friends” (i.e. other toys and dolls.)
3. Game Time: Elf is in a heated battle of Uno, Checkers or Candyland with a “friend.”
4. Joy Rider: Elf is driving Barbie’s Corvette or is the conductor of the train under your Christmas tree.
5. Elf Angels: Elf makes “snow angels” in sugar, or perhaps the less messy option using mini marshmallows.
6. Elf House: Elf builds himself a little house from blocks or legos. How quaint!
7. Hide and Seek: Where could Elf be hiding? In the dollhouse, the Batcave or perched atop the Christmas tree?
8. Gone Fishin’: Elf holds a candy cane fishing pole with a tinsel line while fishing for Goldfish crackers.
9. Wrap The Toilet: Elf wraps the toilet in Christmas wrapping paper? Now that’s just plain silly!
The Nice List
Elf may be silly and perhaps a bit mischievous, but he is not naughty. Elf is here to report good behavior to Santa, not to promote making the naughty list.
10. P’s and Q’s: Elf leaves a friendly reminder about eating their veggies or minding their manners on the playroom chalkboard. Thank you, Elf. You’re welcome, Moms and Dads.
11. Christmas Cards: Elf brings a package of cards to send warm wishes to friends and family.
12. “I Have a Little Dreidel:” Elf holds a dreidel. Christmastime is the perfect time to teach kids about other cultures or religions.
13. Spirit of Giving: Find Elf with money or toys to donate to a local charity, canned goods for the food bank or a package of diapers for the shelter.
14. Oh, Holy Elf: Elf is part of the nativity. Sometimes we need a little reminder.
15. Candy Cane Award: Elf notes the kids’ super behavior or kindness they have shown with a candy cane. They earned it!
Elves are the perfect little helpers when it comes to creating family Christmas traditions and memories.
16. Christmas Movie Night: Elf suggests a family night with a Christmas movie and popcorn. Can you guess his favorite movie?
17. Elf’s Sweet Tooth: Elf is found sipping on syrup. I guess we’re making pancakes this morning!
18. Family Game Night: Elf suggests a family game night or Lego night.
19. Christmas Lights: Elf is wrapped in Christmas lights! Take a drive around the neighborhood to look at all the decorations.
20. Snowman Kit: Elf brings a corncob pipe, buttons and a hat on a snowy morning. (Unless you live in Tucson, like me. Then you might have to improvise with tumbleweeds.)
21. Caroling: Elf is holding a new or favorite Christmas album. Remember The Code of the Elves, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”
22. Sporty Elf: Elf suggests enjoying a favorite winter sport together, like going ice skating or sledding.
23. Baking Day: Elf holds Grandma’s recipe for the world’s best Christmas cookies. After all, Elves are known for their baking skills.
24. T’was the Night Before Christmas: Elf holds a family favorite Christmas book to read together before bedtime. Be sure to bid farewell to Elf, as he heads back to The North Pole tonight.
25. Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! Santa leaves a message thanking your family for taking such good care of his little Elf.
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