100 Funny Elf on The Shelf Ideas

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The Elf On The Shelf is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place. He  can be a mischievous guy, and has a tendency to make a mess or pull a crazy stunt while everyone is asleep. Your kids will love to wake up each morning and see what trouble the Elf got into the night before.

There are two simple rules that every child knows when it comes to having an Elf . First, an elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if an elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole. Second, an elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! An elf’s job is to watch and listen.

Elves typically appear in their families’ homes at the beginning of the holiday season (around Thanksgiving). On Christmas Eve, the elves return to the North Pole with Santa Claus–until next year!

Why should you do this? In an age of video games and television, don’t let your children lose their sense of imagination and wonder! Give them a little mystery to experience instead of all electronics! Be a part in making their childhood fun!

It’s one of the best traditions you can start!! What else can you do for a MONTH long of fun with your children for only $30 one time purchase (comes with a book and elf)?  Here are some of the best ideas that have been shared with us to help your Elf get creative this year!!

  1. When bringing Elf back from the year before , place outside with note written in Chalk that says “I’m BACK!”efl-chimneys
  2. Pile of  leaves on counter with elf buried and foot sticking out
  3. Sit the Elf on a shelf with a marker in his hands. Using dry-erase markers, draw funny faces on family pictures you have displayed in your home, make them hang lopsided, turn some around or upside down
  4. Elf taped to cupboard with bandaids one across mouth too.
  5. Make Snow angels on the counter with flour.
  6. Use washable marker and draw on infants head leaving elf with marker in hand
  7. Robbing your child’s piggy bank wearing a duct-tape mask, carrying a little bag labeled $
  8.  Place your Elf in your living room with a remote control near him and little bits of popcorn & glitter in a paper cupcake liner.
  9. Place tiny marshmallows in your bathroom sink and place Elf inside for a “bubble bath”.
  10. Elf’s name written in Cheerios, flour, or chocolate syrup on the counter. Or  in toothpaste on the bathroom mirror. Best of all, in food coloring on freshly fallen snow
  11. Sit in shoe, holding shoe laces as if going on a sleigh ride
  12. Have Elf toilet paper your Christmas tree.
  13. Draw pictures on child’s homework and leave crayon and elf someplace close
  14. Sitting on back of toilet fishing into it. Use candy cane as pole with line attached. 
  15. Elf “selfies”. Lie elf on copier and make photo copies to leave around with him left on copier
  16. Hang from shower nozzle with a towel on
  17. elf-babyElf pooping out a Hershey’s Kiss candy
  18. Make paper airplanes and fly them around the house
  19. Use fishing line across the room and make Zipline for Elf.
  20. Use lipstick and write message on bathroom mirror.
  21. Turn over your living room furniture.
  22. Wrap the toilet in wrapping paper and leave elf sitting on it
  23. Make Elf donuts with cherios – coat in powdered sugar, cookie sprinkles etc
  24. Create a scavenger hunt for the kids with clues leading to mischief
  25. Leave paper trail (or dog food trail) through house (another scavenger type hunt)
  26. Place marshmallow on toothpick and roast over a blown out candle.
  27. Little suitcase and Elf in freezer holding a sign that says “Homesick”.
  28. Leave a note with Scrabble tiles.
  29. Place in pantry drinking syrup out of a straw.
  30. Place under the tree with wrapping paper, and scotch tape ( as if he were trying to wrap presents).
  31. Build a snowman with large marshmallows.
  32. elf-donutsPlace kids undies on the tree.
  33. Elf in the freezer eating an ice cream cone.
  34. Draw Elf hats on everyone in a family picture with Dry Erase marker.
  35. Have Elf type up a letter of what your child has done that week. {good and bad} so they know Elf is watching!
  36. Hang child’s unmentionables on the Christmas tree
  37. Wrap kids bedroom door with wrapping paper and leave Elf next to door with tape and scraps of wrapping paper.
  38. Wrap Elf in Christmas lights.
  39. For the boys- Elf lines up all of the matchbox cars on the floor
  40. For the girls – Elf is hanging out with the Barbie dolls. (if you have a Barbie car, place Elf in there! )
  41. Sick elf. Lie in kleenex box, covered and snuggled with a thermometer. 
  42. Place one marshmallow on end each of a toothpick and use as a barbell for Elf working out.
  43. If you have a Nativity set, Place Elf in the manger rocking Baby Jesus.
  44. Scotch tape to potty and add green food coloring to toilet water.
  45. Place the kids stuffed animals on the couch with popcorn and Elf in the middle holding the remote.
  46. elf-poopingYou can also place a trail of popcorn leading down to the couch if you do #24.
  47. Fill bathtub up enough to cover bottom. Place Elf on a bath toy in tub.
  48. Hang Elf on the Ceiling fan or from a chandelier.
  49. Place Elf on the Tree with a small note from Santa mentioning something the kids did the day before.
  50. Drinking some syrup with Barbie out of straws
  51. Stick Elf in a stocking holding candy cane for each child in the house as a treat for that day.
  52. Build A Lego tower in front of Christmas tree and Place Elf on the top.
  53. Paint kids noses red when they are sleeping. Then Place Elf on counter with red brush in hand and a note saying “ Go Look in mirror”
  54. Laundry fight and have clothes everywhere in kids room when they wake up.
  55. Write message on snow covered car window. (Pending snow of course!)
  56. Hiding in a shoe in the closet.
  57. Sit in shoe, holding shoe laces as if going on a sleigh ride.
  58. elf-photosHave Elf Cutting coupons!!! -This would be my favorite of course ;)
  59. Have Elf on Mom & Dad’s dresser wearing a piece of mom’s jewelry.
  60. Have Elf cut toy pictures that your children circled from a catalog and glue to paper with a note saying “Bring to Santa”
  61. Turn all the kitchen chairs backwards.
  62. Write a secret message to your child in invisible ink
  63. Sew on a sewing machine.
  64. Sitting on counter next to Keurig holding a Kcup.
  65. Cover a room with Post-it notes everywhere and then Elf holding a few.
  66. Draw a picture of an Elf on your kids homework and leave on table before putting it in their backpack.
  67. Caught sneaking candy from the candy dish.
  68. Reading the newspaper.
  69. Grab a Christmas coloring book from the store and place on kitchen table as a small gift for child when they wake up and have Elf holding a crayon next to book.
  70. Hanging from the shower curtain with a towel on. (Make towel out of tissue or toilet paper. )
  71. Make miniature pancakes, elf size, ready to breakfast
  72. Leave a new book out for your child the next morning. 
  73. Found next to a chocolate bar with chocolate all over his/her face.
  74. Elf wearing headphones lying next to iPhone or iPod.
  75. elf-sleepingPretending to work on laptop or computer.
  76. Found sleeping in dollhouse, doll bed, cradle.
  77. Have him riding Train set (if you have one around the tree)
  78. Place Elf in the cookie Jar.
  79. Trying to shave with Daddy’s razor or buzzer. Place shaving cream on Elf’s Face too!
  80. Playing dress up with Barbie’s clothes.
  81. Sliding down the banister.
  82. Decorate house plant as Christmas tree
  83. Building an igloo out of sugar cubes.
  84. Turn toilet water blue and have Elf on the top “fishing” into toilet water. Place goldfish crackers in toilet.
  85. Place Elf next to child when sleeping. Take picture and then download as screensaver on their iPod or iPad.
  86. Replace stockings on their tree with their undies.
  87. Replace a photo in frame with a picture of your Elf.
  88. Draw mustaches on family pictures using dry-erase marker.
  89. Elf playing in a bowl of sprinkles.
  90. Make smiley face out of dog/cat food and leave on floor.
  91. Tie red ribbon to each end of candy cane and hang from ceiling. Place elf upside down on candy cane as if they are on a trapeze.
  92. elf-wrap-toiletLying on the counter in  bed made of tissues. (make blanket and pillow out of tissues and cover Elf’s eyes as well with a “sleeping mask”
  93. Write Elf’s name in toothpaste or shaving cream on bathroom mirror and place Elf next to mirror with hands covering mouth.
  94. Place Elf in a pair of mommy’s heels or Daddy’s work shoes.
  95. Cover Elf with Christmas stickers and leave a sheet out for each child.
  96. Place Child’s homework on Christmas Tree
  97. Elf having a tea party with dolls, stuffed animals or action figures.
  98. Elf tied up with other toys surrounding him
  99. Elf on a Shelf making snow angels out of rice.
  100. Unroll toilet paper roll on the floor, around Christmas tree, etc.


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