Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Fun New Elf on the Shelf Ideas to Create Holiday Magic for Your Child

With Christmas less than a month away, you’re probably scrambling to find a few Elf on the Shelf ideas that you haven’t already used. For those that aren’t familiar with the Elf on the Shelf, it’s a fun Christmas tradition based on a book that was written in 2004. A special elf scout is sent by Santa Claus to your home to watch your child and make sure that he or she behaves well.

Each day, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the elf visits your home and is “found” each morning by your child in a different place, doing various activities. As the elf hides in a different location every day, the tradition becomes a month-long game of hide and seek. Part of the fun involved in the Elf on the Shelf tradition is the variety of different things your elf can be caught doing each day. Here are a few new ideas that you can try out this year.

Video Game Elf

If your child loves video games, you can position your elf so that he appears to be holding a video game controller. You can even surround him with a few stacks of your little one’s favorite games and an opened bag of potato chips. Your child will be convinced that his elf friend spent the night playing video games.

A Child Playing Video Games

Consider posing your Elf on the Shelf so that he looks like he’s an experienced gamer.

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Date Night

Just because your children might be a little bit on the older side doesn’t mean that they can’t enjoy the fun that comes with the Elf on the Shelf. You can create a cute date night scene by seating your elf and another toy in such a way that it looks like they’re enjoying a can of soda together. Simply insert a bendable straw into the can for each toy. You might want to prop them up on a stack of books to get the right angle.

Candy Crazy

Open up a bag of your child’s favorite Christmas candy, eat a few pieces, and then scatter the empty wrappers around near the bag. To put the final touch on this humorous scene, simply lay your Elf on the Shelf on his back in the middle of the candy pieces so that it looks like he ate a bunch during the night while your child was sleeping.

Nap Time

Does your child have a hard time settling down for a nap? Then you might want to place your Elf on the Shelf inside the tissue box for nap time. Cover him up with one tissue and rest his head on a stack of folded tissues. For added cuteness, you can find a tiny teddy bear to curl up next to him.

Treasure Hunt

Set your Elf on the Shelf on a counter or table along with a note card that tells your children that there are five candy canes or cookies hidden in the room for them to find. You can determine the difficulty of each hiding place based on the amount of time you want to occupy your kids.

Christmas Light

Once you put up your Christmas tree, you can leave your elf tangled up in the string lights, making it look as if he’s been climbing the tree while your child was sleeping. If you don’t want to do this on your Christmas tree, you can string lights on your fireplace mantle or the staircase railing, instead.

A Decorated Christmas Tree

You can tangle your Elf on the Shelf up in the Christmas lights to create a festive surprise.

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In the Manger

If you set up a nativity scene at your house each Christmas, you can always have your Elf on the Shelf sit down next to baby Jesus in the cradle. Or you could have this festive figure hold a piece or two of hay next to one of the animals.

Creating these Elf on the Shelf scenes can quickly become a Christmas tradition that your child will truly love. Hopefully, these Elf on the Shelf ideas will help you get creative.

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