25 Kid Friendly Elf On the Shelf Ideas


It’s that time of year again. The time to think about what your Elf On A Shelf is going to do to make your kids laugh and smile. Check out our favorite 25 Kid Friendly Elf On The Shelf Ideas for this holiday season. Not only are these fun and silly, they are great for getting your kids involved in the holiday spirit. With a few items around the house and some creativity you can quickly put together a fun Elf On A Shelf scene that will make their days better! We are sharing some of our own ideas, as well as some links to great ideas on some of our favorite blogs.


  1. Elfie Cooks Breakfast: Stage your elf with flour dust on their face in front of a bowl of cereal. Sprinkle a few pieces of cereal and drops of milk on the table to make it look like they made the bowl. You can even leave the cap off the milk, and lay the box down on it’s side.
  2. Elfie Builds A Snowman
  3. Elfie Takes A Bath: Fill the bathroom sink or a small doll bathtub with bubbles. Wrap small cloth or “towel” around Elfie and place him outside tub with a trail of bubbles behind him so it looks like he just got out of the bath.
  4. Elfie Goes To School: Tuck Elfie in the pocket of your kids backpack with a tiny book (make using folded pieces of paper you have stapled together).
  5. Elfie Roasts Marshmallows
  6. Elfie Takes Selfies: Place your smart phone in front of Elfie with him posing for a selfie. Make sure to take a few pictures so you can show your kids how naughty/silly he has been.
  7. Elfie Plays Video Games: After your kids go to bed, create a new profile on their favorite video game under Elfie’s name. Play a few rounds of the game to give him a score. Spread games and controllers in front of the tv on floor and place Elfie by it to show he “played video games all night”.
  8. Elfie Plays Twister
  9. Elfie Gets Into The Nutella: Smear some Nutella on Elfie’s face and put him with a spoon near an empty container. Make him look like he has a Nutella Hangover.
  10. Elfie Goes For A Ride: Put Eflie in one of your kids toy cars to look like he decided to take it for a spin after everyone went to bed.
  11. Elfie Gives Kisses
  12. Elfie Reads Books
  13. Elfie Feeds The Pets: If you have a pet indoors, this is a great time to put Elfie in their bag or bin of kibble. You can say he was trying to feed them but got stuck and couldn’t get out.
  14. Elfie Paints Makes It Snow: If you live where there isn’t snow very often, grab a white washable paint pen and make Elfie paint snowflakes on your windows or mirrors.
  15. Elfie Has Fun Making Snowflakes
  16. Elfie Toilet Papers The House: After kids are in bed, use a roll of toilet paper to create streamers on their bedroom door making it tough for them to get out without breaking through. Elfie made a toilet paper trap for them!
  17. Elfie Becomes A Hair Stylist
  18. Elfie Graffiti’s The Family Portrait
  19. Elfie Goes Ziplining: Hang a piece of dental floss or fishing line from a light or ceiling fan down to a counter or table. Attach Elfie halfway down the line as if he is ziplining.
  20. Elfie Goes Fishing: Prop Elfie on the edge of a bowl of water with gummy fish inside. Put a mini fishing pole in his hand so it looks like he is fishin.
  21. Elfie Opens A Kissing Booth
  22. Elfie Cleans Up: Put a bandanna over Elfie’s head and give him a small broom or cloth for cleaning (doll accessories are great). Have him sweep up a pile of dirt/dust showing he helps out around the house too.
  23. Elfie Becomes A Pirate
  24. Elfie Oversleeps: Place a small alram clock next to Elfie and pull a “blanket” over his head with his hand on the alarm as if he hit the snooze button.
  25. Elfie Tries To Shave: Put Elfie on the bathroom counter with an open can of shaving cream and a razor next to him. Make sure to put dollops of shave cream all over the counter and a few snips of doll hair to make it look like he really did.

Have fun this year making your Elf On The Shelf a big part of your family Christmas traditions. Check out these and other great ideas or create your own. Have fun dressing your Elfie up in different clothes, buying fun accessories or moving him around to make him seem more life like. These 25 kid friendly Elf On The Shelf ideas are sure to make your kids squeal with delight this holiday season!

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Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    Chloe Crabtree
    November 21, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Oh my, this looks like a lot of work. You can tell I am a tired grandmother! My son in law will love it with my granddaughters, though! I will be sharing this with him! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

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    Mother of 3
    November 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Cute ideas! Some days it’s all I can do to move the elf from shelf to shelf though. Pinned.

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    December 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

    What a fun collection of Elf ideas. I like the one of having him clean up with a bandanna on his head! Congrats, you’re featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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    December 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    These are great ideas. I don’t do much with my Elf but I am so glad you gave me ideas. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

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    December 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Hilarious ideas! I tried every one of these creative hiding spots for my daughters elf on the shelf. Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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