Over the years I have learned the importance of having quick access to easy and high impact Elf on the Shelf ideas for kids <——- This post will provide you with everything you need including letters from the elf, more ideas and elf name suggestions.
The easy Elf on the Shelf ideas that you see here should all take 5 minutes or less to implement. So when you’re done, you can pour yourself a glass of wine and revel in your mom awesomeness.
Pssst- Save even more time posing your elf by making him bendable!
We can thank Pinterest for the fact that the Elf on the Shelf has strayed so much from its original purpose (you know, an Elf. On a SHELF). Now we can see awesomely elaborate and way-too-time consuming ideas like the elf wrapping the entire toilet.
I just don’t have that much time. And I’m guessing you don’t either.
So before we get started with some awesomely easy Elf on the Shelf ideas, check out my 2018 Elf on The Shelf Planner. It’s 16 printable pages of amazing organization and fun, including an Elf on the Shelf arrival and goodbye letter, letter to and from Santa, nice list certificate, lunch box jokes, elf name suggestions and more!
Okay, here we go! I would love to see your elf in action. Make sure to snap a pic and leave a comment on this pin!
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Quick And Easy Elf On The Shelf Ideas
It’s taco time!
Whether you have more than one elf or not, this is still a really cute idea, possibly for your elf’s arrival or any day. Just make sure to do this one on a night when you’re already doing some Christmas wrapping to save on time!
How about having an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt? This takes a tiny bit more time, but it’s “easy” because I’ve done all the thinking for you! All you have to do it print, cut and place the clues where I tell you to place them. And it will pay off in the morning, because it will take your kids a while to find all the clues. You know, while you take five on the couch with your coffee cup!
The Beanie Boo obsession is going strong in our house. Your kids would love it if your elf became buddies with their favorite stuffed animals.
Everyone of all ages will find humor in a silly elf scanning and printing his body!
I love using our elf not so much to threaten them with reminders that “Santa’s watching”, but rather to remind them to love and be kind. My Elf on the Shelf letter for arrival and Elf on the Shelf leaving gift are based around the same idea.
And what better medium to share this message than some TP.
Did you know that your kids can get personalized texts, phone calls and videos from Santa himself? Let your elf show them how (and check out my post of 10 Ways To Communicate With Santa Through Text, Video And Phone Calls.)
If you have an actual Barbie bathing suit that would be better, but eh, our elf forgot to bring her suit from the North Pole.
Any kid would love waking up in the morning, going to brush their teeth and finding a message from their Scout Elf.
I used our Crayola bath markers for this, but shaving cream or lipstick would work too!
Your elf knows that making a sprinkle angel is much more fun than making a snow angel.
This is the idea last year that my kids loves the most by far. It makes it so much fun when you use your kid’s snow boots to show your elves heading out the door. Could be perfect for Christmas Eve!
Brrrrr! Apparently elves acclimate to the warmer temps south of the North Pole pretty quickly!
Behind on the laundry? Take advantage of it and stick your elf in!
I’m sure you have some kind of toy floatation device that your elf can borrow. She’s got spring fever! (these inflatable drink holders are the CUTEST and come in a pack of 12. That’s almost 2 weeks of ideas!)
The Elf on the Shelf was never cuter! Would you like some marshmallows with your hot chocolate? Or maybe an elf instead!
I guess this cereal was a little TOO delicious! Busted! This elf thinks Chocolate Frosted Flakes are GRRR-EAT!
Looks like someone got into the band-aids! I seem to remember this happening with a certain 2-year old once.
The elf was trying to get down from her perch so this crafty elf decided to rappel down a rope of socks. (Inspired by a favorite children’s book Lady Pancake And Sir French Toast.)
There are lots of ways that your elf can make your kids laugh, including by telling Christmas jokes for kids.
I love this idea because it will prompt your kids to want to read a zillion books on the morning that your elf builds a book tree to perch on.
Warning: your kids will OF COURSE want to read all the the books that are occupied by the elf.