Top 50+ Elf on the Shelf ideas

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  • Top 50 of the BEST Elf on the Shelf ideas – so many fun ideas to do with your Elf leading up to Christmas!

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    Hello friends! Happy Monday! Can you believe Christmas is already a month away?! Eek! Today I’m sharing the top 50 Elf on the Shelf ideas. I’ve got you covered! We started the elf on the shelf tradition last year and my kids absolutely LOVED it!

    We had a lot of fun last year and will be carrying on the tradition again this year with some of these fun elf on the shelf ideas below. I just love seeing my kids eyes light up in the morning when they find their elf. And let’s get real here… our Elf isn’t always creative. Sometimes we’ll actually find him sitting on a shelf (winks) or hanging from the chandelier. Most of these elf on the shelf ideas take only a few minutes to do. It doesn’t have to be hard. Me and my husband actually have a good time hiding the elf each night. It’s almost more fun for us. ;)

    What is Elf on the Shelf?

    The Elf on the Shelf was started by Carol Aebersold, who published the book in 2005. It has become a Christmas tradition for many families all over the world. The Elf usually arrives on December 1st (some families choose to have their Elf arrive the day after Thanksgiving) and each night the Elf returns to the North Pole to report how the children are doing. When the Elf returns in the morning it moves to a new spot, waiting for the children to find it. Sometimes the Elf is sitting on a different shelf and sometimes he goes all out, totally up to each Elf.

    Where to buy Elf on the Shelf

    If you’ve never done Elf on the Shelf, you can order your own Elf on the Shelf kit on Amazon or Target (affiliate link).

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    Once you get your shelf, the first thing you’ll want to do is name it. Here’s a printable with 50 elf names and certificate you can download.

    Elf on the shelf names

     

    Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

    Click on the links below each image to be taken to the original post.

    Elf Kisses Free Printable - the most adorable treat for your Elf to bring to your kids.

    Elf kisses free printable

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    Elf eating chocolate

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    Have the elf show up on the first day with a North Pole breakfast & note from Santa

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    Welcome Elf hot cocoa party

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    Elf on the Shelf parachute: Great way to have your Elf arrive for the season!

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    Make a mini count down paper chain

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    Cute Elf on the Shelf poem and free printable

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    Rolling down the stairs Elf on the Shelf idea

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    Elf on the Shelf idea from Frozen: Do you wanna build a snowman?

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    Elf getting a glass of water

     

    Funny elf on the shelf ideas

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    Elf makes himself a bed with the tissue box

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    Elf pizza party

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    Frozen Elf from Staci Mcneil

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    Super elf! 

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    Elf taking a marshmallow bath

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    Elf fishing for goldfish

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    Plant “magic elf seeds”

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    Elf tp’s the Christmas tree

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    Zip lining elves

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    Elf drinking his favorite drink -syrup! 

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    Elf roasting marshmallows by the fireplace, potty time, made snowman donuts and a tire swing time! 

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    Elf on the shelf playing a game with La Loopsy

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    Operation Elf on the Shelf

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    Circus elf 

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    Elf “kissing” booth with free printable

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    Elf and stuffed animals sack race

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    Elf encouraging brushing

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    Elf on the shelf hides the candy canes

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    Elf going sledding on a tupperware lid 

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    Elf trying to help put up the lights 

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    Elf taking a shower

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    Elf makes breakfast (mini pancakes)

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    Snow ball fight with rupenzel

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    Elf hanging out in the fridge

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    Elf playing angry birds

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    Elf snow angel with a little flour and sugar

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    Elf shaving

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    Elf is trapped!

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    Elf gets in trouble and draws on the picture frame 

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    Elf made a swing from a toilet paper roll

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    Elf making some fruit loop garland for the tree

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    Elf doing his laundry

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    Elf sunbathing

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    Elf spaghetti :)

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    Elf e-mailing Santa

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    Elf gets into the cookies

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    Elf checking out the toy catalog

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    Elf watching a movie with some popcorn

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    Elf under the weather

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    Rudolph noses for everyone :)

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    Elf caught eating a bag of m&m’s

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    Celebrating the reason for the season

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    Love the way she explains Jesus and Santa with this letter

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    Elf headed back to the north pole with all his gear!

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    Snowball Fight elf idea

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    Love this funny Elf on the Shelf idea…elf blaming the mess on your kids!

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    Elf kisses

    Free Elf on the shelf calendar

    Download this free calendar HERE to help keep you organized with all your elf on the shelf ideas.

     

    Elf on the shelf planning calendar

    There’s also this handy dandy Elf on the shelf checklist to help you keep all of your elf ideas organized. You can download for free HERE.

    So who will do being Elf on the Shelf this year? Have fun with it!

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