Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids

‘Tis the season for Christmas cheer! As you shop for presents and plan festive DIY crafts, don’t forget about the holiday joy your children will experience with elf on the shelf ideas. Here are a few creative ways to get your kids in the Christmas spirit—and have a blast coming up with them! Check out these fun elf on the shelf ideas that will bring smiles and laughter to your home this season.

1. Balloon Landing

Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids
Welcome the elf back home with festive colored balloons. Make a sign from paper that reads “I’m Back”.

2. Candy Cane Heart

Candy Cane Heart
Make a sweet note using candy canes. You could also use other candy such as M&Ms or jelly beans for example.

3. Candy Cane Sleds

Candy Cane Sleds
Candy canes make the perfect little sleds for your elf. The best thing is – they can be enjoyed afterwards as a delicious treat.

50 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

We have included this video tutorial from Emily Norris to show you more ideas.

4. Climbing Bow Wall

Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids
Bows aren’t just for wrapping with this super cute climbing wall idea.

5. Egg Faces

Egg Faces
Hasn’t this elf been naughty ? Using his sharpie to make faces all over the breakfast eggs.

6. Elf in a Jar

Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids
Oh dear – looks like the elf has squeezed himself into a tight spot – at least you can open the lid to release him again.

7. Messages on the Mirror

Messages on the Mirror
Write a cute little poem on the mirror to encourage kids to do chores and to be nice to each other.

8. Snowball Fight

Snowball Fight
Crunch up balls of paper and make a little snowball fight!

9. Snowman

Create a melted snowman with a dish of water, carrots and some twigs.

10. Sunbathing

With a dish of play sand and a cocktail umbrella, the elf is perfectly situated on holiday. You could also make a little post card for this idea – hand written by the elf of course!

11. Wrapping Paper Stilts

Wrapping Paper Stilts
Two roles of wrapping paper really prop this elf up! You could also have a little wrapped present as an extra touch.

12. Deer Feeding

Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids
Set up a little station using cardboard for the elf and rudolph – and set up little deer figures to show how they’ve been feeding the deer candy corn. Hopefully this hasn’t made Santa too mad!

13. Sticky Situation

The toilet roll must have run out – but look at what that naughty elf has replaced it with.

14. Astronaut

Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids
Wrap the elf in aluminum foil to make him into a space man.

15. Peppermint Climbing Wall

Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids
Peppermint sweets make a great climbing wall for the elf.

16. Rolling Elf

Rolling Elf
No wonder the other elf had to use sticky tape – this elf wasted all the toilet roll!

17. Rootbeer Reindeers

Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids
An adorable arrangement out of root beer – you’ll need pipe cleaners, a red pom-pom and goggly eyes.

18. Clean Your Room

Clean Your Room
Encourage kids to be tidy – poor Elf has broken his leg!

19. Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees
Put these trees out for kids to help themselves to courtesy of the Elf.

20. The Floss

The Floss
Kids will enjoy this cute joke – and it might encourage them to floss their teeth.

21. Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth
Naughty elf is eating sprinkles in the kitchen.

22. Jingles

elf on the shelf returns ideas
Throw a party with elf for the last day of school by putting red and green streamers on the door.

23. Lost Change

elf on the shelf returns ideas
Elf seems to have lost his pocket change down the back of the couch.

24. Famous Film Quote

elf on the shelf returns ideas
One of the most popular lines from the film ‘Home Alone’ is “Keep the change ya filthy animal”, so why not make a play on this by lining up cute little plastic animals and a chalkboard for elf that says “Merry Christmas ya filthy animals”.

25. Christmas Oven S’Mores

elf on the shelf returns ideas
Christmas oven s’mores! Put bottom graham cracker on baking tray. One or two Santa chocolates, the tree marshmallow. Broil until marshmallow looks slightly golden or melted. Take it and pop between another graham cracker.

26. Free reindeer poop

elf on the shelf returns ideas
Recreate this hilarious “Free Reindeer Poop” with Cocoa Puffs or you could also use Raisins.

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