10 Fun & Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

What is the Elf on the Shelf? According to The Elf on the Shelf, this is a Christmas tradition about Scout Elves who hide in sneaky spots around homes then fly to the North Pole every night to report to Santa Claus which kids belong on the naughty or nice lists. The story is children can’t touch the Elf on the Shelf or he will lose his magic, and the elf cannot interact with the kids while they’re awake. So, if you’re looking for a way to sprinkle some fun into your holidays, try these silly Elf on the Shelf ideas to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained.

First, you’ll need an elf doll. We love this traditional keepsake box set, complete with a Scout elf, illustrated storybook, a keepsake box and an official adoption certificate.

The Elf On The Shelf Keepsake Box Set

1. Elf on the Shelf the bathroom

If your kids need daily reminders and motivation to floss and brush their teeth, use the Scout elf to keep his eyes on them. If they know they need to show great dental hygiene to see presents under the tree, this is the way to achieve that.

Images from RecipeMagik

2. Charitable Elf on the Shelf

Got too many toys in the house? This is a fun way to encourage your kids to donate toys they no longer play with. The best part? You can blame it on the Scout elf.

3. Fisherman Elf on the Shelf

With just a box of candy canes, you can set up this fishing scene on any countertop. Every time those sneaky little hands try to steal a candy cane, they will be confronted by the Scout elf and hopefully think twice about the treat.

4. Quarantine Elf on the Shelf

We’re all experiencing it, so might as well make light of the situation. Even Scout Elves need to exhibit proper social distancing and mask up!

Quarantine elf on the shelf
Social distance elf on the shelf

Images from Living Locurto

5. Frozen Elf on the Shelf

Literally. It looks like Elsa had other plans for this Scout elf. The Frozen fans in your household will sure get a kick out of this Elf on the Shelf.


6. Elf on the Shelf with Magic Milk

Scout Elves are known to be a bit mischievous, so join in on the fun and turn your regular milk into elf milk.

7. Sliding Elf on the Shelf

If you have stairs, you’re in luck. This Scout elf is ready to take a wild ride down the banister!

Image from Inner Child Fun

8. Candy Elf on the Shelf

Too much candy isn’t good for anyone, but the kids (and the kids at heart) can’t seem to understand that. Luckily, this Scout elf is here with a friendly reminder.

Candy elf on the shelf

Image from RecipeMagik

9. Trapped Elf on the Shelf

We wonder how this mischievous Elf on the Shelf got taped onto the wall and surrounded by an army of men.

10. Camouflaged Elf on the Shelf

Just in case you need an extra set of eyes watching all those presents under the tree, this camouflaged Scout elf is ready to share any and all news with Santa.

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