You are going to have no issues coming up with Elf on the Shelf Ideas with this awesome list of Elf on the Shelf Ideas.
Are you sitting up at night looking at the Elf going “What the heck are you going to do tonight that you have not already done?” Then you are going to LOVE this list of Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas!! There are 135 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas total that are super simple, take almost no time at all and you will never have a kiddo who is upset that the elf didn’t do anything!
Elf on the Shelf Ideas
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Easy Elf Ideas
What is Elf on the Shelf?
Not sure what this Elf on the Shelf thing is?
Year after year, children and adults alike are baffled by the mystery of how Santa really knows who’s been naughty or nice. After much urging by the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa has allowed his biggest secret to be revealed in The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. At the start of each Christmas season, the elf appears to serve as Santa’s eyes and ears, traveling back to the North Pole each and every night to make a detailed report of the day’s activities. This keepsake gift set includes a light skin, blue eyed boy North Pole pixie scout elf and a hardbound watercolor picture book. Children can register their elf online to receive an official adoption certificate and a special letter from Santa.
Elf on the Shelf Arrival Ideas
Now when your elf on the shelf arrives you are going to need some easy elf on the shelf arrival ideas, that the kids are going to LOVE! There are lots of cute elf on the shelf ideas that are perfect for welcoming your elf on the shelf back!
Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas
There are so many easy Elf on the Shelf hiding places in your home it makes it really simple to have some fun with your elf on the shelf.
Elf on the Shelf ideas for toddlers
Of course if you have young kids at home then you want to have easy elf on the shelf ideas that work for places they will find them! There are lots of these ideas that are great elf on the shelf ideas for toddlers. Just be warned your toddler may try to touch the elf on the shelf, if they are like my toddler who is in love with our elf!
Have your Elf bring a snack!
It is really easy to have your elf pour a bowl of cereal and hanging on the counter!
If your kid is having a birthday, make a birthday card from the elf and have your elf bring them a special birthday treat!
Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas
For the my older kids Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas have been the biggest hit with my kids! Having the elf get into things and make a bit of a mess has always been my kids favorite things that the elf has done. I am not exactly sure why the kids love naughty elf on the shelf ideas so much, but they do!
Using toilet paper to “tp” the house or things in the house is an easy and funny elf on the shelf idea that the kids will love!
If your tree isn’t up yet then you can easily set one up as a surprise from the elf and then have him decorate it with toilet paper.
Writing on the mirror with toothpaste is a fun and easy elf on the shelf idea. Plus the clean up isn’t bad at all! If you don’t want to use toothpaste you can also use shaving cream to have your elf on the shelf leave messages for your kids!
You can write all sorts of messages from the elf on the shelf on the mirrors in the bathroom!
Elf on the shelf mischievous ideas
The copy machine also makes for a great mischievous elf on the shelf idea! Plus it is SUPER simple!
Hiding in the kitchen cabinet, in a glass… that is totally an elf on the shelf mischievous ideas!
Or your elf can sneak into the piggy bank…..
There are lots of other places that the elf can be naughty and get into things! The kitchen is a great place, so make sure you check out these Kitchen Elf on he Shelf ideas for even more Elf on the Shelf Ideas that you can do in the kitchen! There are so many easy ones!
And of course the elf on the shelf getting into the coffee cups and deterring the morning need for coffee is quite the naughty elf on the shelf idea!
Those presents already under the christmas tree, make for an easy naughty elf on the shelf idea! Just grab a black marker and the elf can have some fun!
Sometimes the elf might just steal lights off the Christmas tree and climb them… this one is always a hit!
Stealing candy… now that is a tasty and mischievous elf on the shelf idea
Or attempting to knit… better say he didn’t do to well with this one. 😉
Sneaking money… or is he putting himself in the change jar? Either one will work well!
Trapping the kids in their room with ribbon…. totally an elf idea!
Or Elf on the shelf in the candy jar…
Or grab some silly string…
or eating to many cookies from the cookie jar….
or skipping out on flushing the toilet…
Or sneaking in a shower so no one else can….
or just set up his own little christmas tree!
Elf on the Shelf ideas for older kids
If you are looking for more elf on the shelf ideas for older kids then you are going to love these next few elf on the shelf ideas! The kids toys are a great thing to use when having fun with elf on the shelf. So when you are looking for elf on the shelf ideas for older kids check out the stuff they have in their rooms and the toys that they love!
For some odd reason my kids get a big kick out of it when the elf on the shelf is getting caught or tied up. I am not sure why exactly, but they do and it is a quick and easy thing the elf can do that they enjoy.
Grab a candle, or the electric candles and make a camp fire for your elf on the shelf. Use mini marshmallows and a toothpick and have your elf enjoy a campfire and roasting marshmallows! Super easy elf on the shelf idea!
Quick elf on the shelf ideas
If you are running short on time, and need some quick elf on the shelf ideas these are some really quick elf ideas that can be done in under a minute!
Things like hanging your elf from the laundry room shelf, or getting into the cookies make perfect quick elf on the shelf ideas!
Grab a package of cookies…. Then just stick elf in! Tada! Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Idea!
Frosting is such a favorite treat for Elf on the shelf! Just grab a spoon, the container and let the elf have some tasty fun!
Elf on the Shelf Hiding Places
Random hiding places around the house are always great quick elf on the shelf ideas!
Elf on the shelf can easily hide in the pantry, or a kitchen cabinet!
… in the car ….
in a vase…..
In a Christmas tree….
In a bowl in the kitchen….Now this is one super easy Elf on the shelf idea!
Another super simple elf on the shelf idea, is to have him (or her) hanging on the vacuum, which can be done so easily if you have forgotten to move them the night before. If you are like me then your vacuum is easily accessible because you are always using it!
The kids toys are one of the easiest ways to get the elf moving in your house! One of our go to is anything Barbie! Barbie items are the perfect size for Elf on the shelf!
Playing guitar with barbie….
Taking a bubble bath with barbie…
Riding in the car with barbie….
Another simple Elf on the shelf idea…. on top of the fridge! Gotta grab him some friends to, since you don’t want him to have to hang out alone all day!
The playroom, has plenty of easy hiding places for Elf on the Shelf and it is a great way to find elf on the shelf ideas for toddlers since they spend a lot of time in their playrooms. This is a great way to have eld on the shelf hanging out with your kids while they are play.
Elf on the shelf ideas with marshmallows
Using marshmallows or other candy items are a great way to have your elf leave a message for the kids!
Speaking of Marshmallows, they make a great way to give your elf a bubble bath!
Or have your elf on the shelf take a bath in the sink with marshmallows!
If you are looking for another elf on the shelf ideas with marshmallows, the big marshmallows are perfect for making snowmen!
Use a candy cane and some mini marshmallows with a candle, then make a little seat and tada! Your elf is roasting marshmallows!
Crafting with Elf on the Shelf
Crafts are always a big kit with kids, and craft items make great gifts for the elf on the shelf to bring!
Or you can have your elf on the shelf do the crafting as gifts for the kids! It is really easy to set up having the elf on the shelf coloring a picture for the kids.
Have an elf on the shelf scavenger hunt! A fun elf on the shelf idea is to hide candy canes, or other small candy items around the house and have the elf on a shelf leave a note for the kids to find the goodies.
If your kiddos are having struggles remembering to do their chores, your elf on the shelf can leave them a reminder!
Elf on the shelf balloon ride
There are a few different ways to have do an elf on the shelf balloon ride, you can have the elf on the shelf in a ballon and hang the balloon on a tree or anywhere else in the house that you want to.
You can also use a safety pin and balloons to have your elf on the shelf go on a balloon ride.
Elf on the shelf activity ideas
There are lots of easy elf on the shelf activity ideas that you can have your elf on the shelf do that will make it fun for the kids to find their elf friend in the morning when they wake up.
Reading is a lot of fun for your elf on the shelf to do!
Sometimes elf can read with friends, sometimes your elf can read to friends. There are lots of different things you can change up to make it so your elf has fun with reading. The elf could even bring a new book for the kids!
Going fishing is also something that is a fun elf on the shelf activity!
You can use a fish tank if you have one, but if you don’t a cup full of water with some goldfish works perfectly!
Another fun activity is planting candy cane seeds. Super simple! Have your elf bring candy cane seeds (peppermints) and then a bowl of sugar plant the seeds, then in the morning when the kids wake up they will grow in to candy canes!
Elf on the Shelf in the Playroom
Again…put those toys to good use for easy elf on the shelf ideas!
Elf on the shelf can hangout in the barn with all the animals…. or ride a horse!
Speaking of animals… he can clean up after them too! Chocolate candies are great for this one!
Of course we can not forget making snow angels… that is always a great Elf on the Shelf idea. Flour makes the perfect fake snow!
Speaking of making messes…. The kids always get a chuckle then the elf goes number 2…. hershey kisses are perfect! On the floor, in a barbie potty… there are lots of ways to make this one an easy elf on the shelf idea!
or maybe he just wants to make more mess with toilet paper and decorate a doll house!
Swinging and hanging are always fun elf on the shelf ideas!
The Christmas tree makes an easy hanging spot for elf on the shelf!
or using some underwear….
Possibly your elf on the shelf wants to be helpful…..
Like setting up more Christmas decorations.
Or decorating the tree….
…or his own elf on the shelf tree
Or playing with the cat…. sometimes elf on the shelf can be a helpful little fella!
Sometimes elf on the shelf might want to be a cat…. or a dog whichever pet you have 🙂
He might want to make a castle out of can goods…which can also be a great way to encourage the kids to give to others during the holiday season.
Or making Mom a cup of coffee…
or making breakfast….
Doing work or homework…
Baking a cake….
Sewing some clothing…
or maybe he just wants to hide….. on a shelf because after all he is the Elf on a Shelf!
Or he could want to play pretend and want to be Dr. Who! Dr. Who elf on the shelf how cool is that!?!
Elf on the Shelf Games
Elf on the shelf games are always fun!
Building an elf gingerbread house… also the perfect time for the Elf on the Shelf to bring a gingerbread house kit for the kids to make!
Sometimes simple elf on the shelf ideas are the best… like hanging out on a clock!
And sometimes the Elf on the Shelf needs to give the kids a little reminder…
If there is an angel in the house then he could totally get married to her!
The kids can totally give the elf some gifts too!
or have a tasty sweet snack!
Or make a giant mess in the kitchen trying to build a snowman with flour…
or playing video games…
Sometimes elf on the Shelf likes to decorate the house…
or he might steal the remote….
or ride a slipper down the banister…
or be a hair stylist…
or he could just want to hang around!
Making some fun apple face and then brushing the apple’s teeth…. Grab a toothrush from the dollar store for this fun one! Which you might also want to check out these awesome dollar store elf on the shelf ideas!
Shaving cream makes a fun (but easy to clean up) mess that is totally a messy elf on the shelf idea that will make the kids laugh!
You can make elf on the shelf fly around anywhere you want to with this easy trick on how to make Elf on the Shelf Fly!
Hiding in a water bottle is another awesome and fun elf on the shelf idea… Check out how to put elf on the shelf in a water bottle for the full step by step directions.
Reading Christmas Stories….
Of course one of the best things ever that the elf on the shelf can do… is make them one tasty breakfast!
When it is time to say good bye… a cute Elf on the Shelf goodbye poem is perfect!
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