24 Days Of Elf On The Shelf Ideas

Christmas is on its way, all the Christmas adverts are now on television. The Coco Cola advert has been aired. This signifies that it’s almost time to get festive!

The start of December is all about advent calendars for the children, however in the past few years the Elf on the Shelf has become a big thing. It started in America – as most commercial things do. Eventually is came across the pond and has slowly become more popular.

The concept is, that an elf comes to stay with a family and every night they report back to father Christmas about how well the children are behaving. When they get back, the elf gets up to mischief!

This will be our third year of having an elf to visit. The first year we had Buddy and last year Jingle joined us. That way both the kids had an elf. Two naughty elves will be visiting us again this year. The children will be delighted, they look forward to finding the elf in the morning.

As a parent, thinking of mischievous and funny antics for your elf, can leave you scratching your head. Here are twenty-four ideas, one for each day of your elf visiting.


1. Do you want to build a Snowman?

A fun one for the children to find.

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2. I’m Back!

There are plenty of ways you can let your children know that the elf is back. Our elf arrives with advent calendars and a note on a chalk board saying they are back.

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3. Elves Rule!

Grab some decorators tape or sticker and write a large message

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4. Snow Angel

Scatter some flour on the work top and let your elf have some snow angel fun.

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5. Elf & Barbie

Elf and Barbie share a drink. Kids think its great when another toy in involved with the elf.

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6. All Tied Up

This is a great one. You can do so many different fun things with the elf and Lego.

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7. Mechanic Elf

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8. Sleeping Elf

Its tiring going back to see father Christmas every night. Sometimes and elf needs his sleep.

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9. Graffiti

Let your elf loose on a photo in a frame. This one makes the children laugh. Naughty elf!

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10. Marshmallow Bath

Marshmallows or polystyrene balls. Anything goes.

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11. Hot Chocolate

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12. Fishing Elf

This is a fun one. The elf can fish in a bowl or even in a sink.

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13. Frozen Elf

Put your elf in pot, add some water and freeze. My daughter loves finding her elf frozen.

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14. Sack Race

If you can find or make some little bags, then this one is a must.

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15. Toothpaste Elf

Even Elves have to keep up with their dental hygiene!

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16. Rolling Down The Stairs

Elf’s seem to like playing with toilet roll. This is always to the delight of children.

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17. Reading Elf

Use your child’s favourite book, they will love it.

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18. Watching a Film

A film, popcorn. Need to get the t.v on before the kids come down!

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19. Christmas Tree

Camouflage your little elf, the children will have so much fun trying to find him.

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20. Swinging Elf

Make a little swing for your elf. Nice and simple using a toilet roll.

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21. Elfie Selfie


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22. Making a Mess

Making snowflakes or just cutting up anything.

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23. Elf Has a Drink

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24. Elf Leaves a Gift

On Christmas Eve the elf has departed and gone back to the North Pole. It could be a little gift or a Christmas Eve box.Elf on the shelf

After 24 days, give yourself a pat on the back for surviving another year with Elf on the shelf.




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  1. November 27, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Oh…I love elf and barbie! The best doll couple for christmas…wish they both took the selfie. Haha!

    • lynseyward78
      November 27, 2017 / 11:27 am

      Now there is an idea…

  2. November 27, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Last year was our first year with an elf and iv got to say we had a lot of fun! Some great ideas to try here! #blogstravaganza

    • lynseyward78
      November 27, 2017 / 11:27 am

      The children love it don’t they? I just need to remember to do something before I actually go to bed! There have been occasions when I have had to get up to do something!

    • lynseyward78
      November 27, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Its a bit of fun. I just need to remember to do something fun with the elf before I go to bed..

  3. November 27, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Some fab ideas, we’ve not done elf on the yet!! I love the elf in marshmallows and the all tied up. Next year I’ll be more organised x

    • lynseyward78
      November 27, 2017 / 11:25 am

      There have been nights when I have gone to bed and realised I haven’t done something with the elf… I am hoping this year I will be more organised!

  4. Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine
    November 27, 2017 / 11:04 am

    We do not do elf but these are great ideas x

    • lynseyward78
      November 27, 2017 / 11:24 am

      The Children seem to enjoy it.. but I am sure after a couple of days I will be scratching my head and thinking of new things to do..

  5. November 27, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Brill ideas. I fear this could be our last year of elfy fun and Santa magic*weeps forever* so I plan on going all out!!
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  6. November 27, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Great ideas! Love the one rolling downstairs in toilet roll, haha!

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