30 Adventurous Ideas for your Elf on the Shelf

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by


Toilet Papered Tree

What has your Elf been up to?

Sprinkles has arrived in our house and he has been having quite a bit of fun. We have woken up to our Christmas tree covered in toilet paper, a visit to our village to watch the parade down main street and trying to take a nibble out of a gingerbread house. The kids eyes are as wide as saucers each morning when they search him out to see what adventures he went on and what mischief he has caused while they were sleeping.


HELP! I need some creative ideas.


You have come to the right place. Did you know that you can go to elfontheshelf.com and register your elf? Once your elf is registered you can create a scrapbook and share the adventures of your elf with friends and family. You scrapbook will be private and only those that you invite can see this. Once registered you can also print out a personalized letter from Santa and your very own adoption certificate.


The Jersey Family Fun team has scoured the internet and put their thinking caps on to help you in presenting the magic.


30 Elf on the Shelf Ideas


  • A Christmas tree makeover, one roll of toilet paper can go quite a long way
  • Elves get lonely too, have your elf go on a playdate with your daughter’s barbie or your son’s transformer collection. I bet they will have a great night.
  • Camping out, place some mini marshmallows around the elf and have him roasting one over a non-lit candle. You could even make him a felt sleeping bag or tent.
  • Caution Tape Elf, put a crepe paper barricade up on the bathroom door that the kids have to break through
  • Cookies aren’t just for Santa, elves like a cold glass of milk and cookies just as much.
  • Paper Chain Fun, place the scissors, glue, and a small paper chain next to your elf.

    This elf is ready to raid the cabinets

  • Test Drive, place elf on a remote control car and take him out for a spin.
  • Stinky Sleigh Ride, have elf sit inside a shoe holding laces as if he were going on a sleigh ride down sock mountain.
  • Inspiring elf, place a new book or a notepad next to the Elf for child to read or write a list of what they are thankful for.
  • Time to raid the cabinets, hang your elf from a cabinet or place inside the cabinet.
  • Late night tv time, place elf on a chair with remote control, some popcorn and Disney Channel on.
  • Keep the magic alive, write a letter from your elf telling your kids about their behavior whether good or bad.
  • Elves forget to flush sometimes, place elf on the toilet and put a few drops of green food coloring in the water.
  • Plant magic seeds in a pot , leave a note to water for three days. On the third day secretly place lollipops in the pot.
  • Crime Fighting Elf, Make a small cape and mask out of construction paper and dress up your elf as a superhero.
  • One Elf Band, put the elf on the kitchen floor with pots and pans and wooden spoons add some instruments if you have them.
  • Scavenger hunt for snowflakes, make some paper snowflakes and hide them around the house, when you get to the final flake it will be taped to a new snowglobe.
  • Brrrr it’s cold in here, hide the elf in the freezer and draw faces with sharpie on different foods, leave the sharpie next to your elf.
  • Cooking with the elf, Have your elf make magic reindeer food and leave the bowl on the counter you can also make a “snow” angel in the sugar next to the bowl.
  • Elves are gamers, set the elf up in front of your computer and have him playing an online game.

    Elf on the Shelf

    Having fun watching a parade on Main St.

  • Social Media Elf, Create a facebook page for your elf don’t forget to invite other elves.
  • I’ve been framed, print out a picture of your elf and hang it up with other family photos.
  • Oh Christmas Tree, place your kiddos socks and underwear as ornaments on the tree.
  • Take a snowball bath in the bathroom sink with cotton balls and your childs favorite tub toy.
  • Lights, Camera, Action have your elf make a video on ElfYourself.com the kids will get a kick out of it.
  • Hugs & Kisses, hang a mistletoe in the doorway and scatter Hershey Hugs & Kisses on the ground.
  • If your child is acting up have your elf bring back a letter from Santa warning that if their behavior doesn’t change they will be put on the naughty list.
  • Reading Rainbow, set up a stack of child’s favorite books and have your elf reading them.
  • Nerf Gun Battle, get out kids nerf guns place some darts around elf and across the room have another toy with darts around him shooting back toward your elf.
  • Walking down candy cane lane, have your elf hold a bunch of candy canes and decorate around your house with a few boxes of candy canes as well.


We would love to hear any other ideas you may have and see pictures of your elf adventures..


Happy Elfing!


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Crystal Rodgers is Jersey Family Fun's assistant editor. She is a work-at-home mom to seven wonderful children ranging from 8-22 years old. Her family is always on the go visiting museums, parks, historical sites and just having a great time in and around New Jersey. When she's not searching for a new place to tell our readers about, researching a hot new toy, or seeing what the new release movies she's planning her family's next vacation or chairing up an event for her kids' school's Parent Teacher Organization.

22 thoughts on “30 Adventurous Ideas for your Elf on the Shelf

  1. Shyloh says:

    Our else Rosey slipped to my daughter that she’s on the nice list & will receive plenty of new toys for Christmas & suggested she donate some toys and clothes that she doesn’t need or want anymore. My daughter filled a 10 gallon bin! I think that’s my favorite elfcapade! She also brought a mailbox for her & my daughter to pass “top secret” notes to each other.

  2. Kbug says:

    Your elf is a chief in the North Pole. Make him be cooking

  3. Michelle says:

    Tonight, Carl, our elf, will be going for a ride in the pool on the RC boat (wrapped in something waterproof, just in case!)

  4. Meghan says:

    Awesome ideas!!! My Elf just made an appearance this morning so we will be putting the ideas to work the next couple of weeks.
    I especially like the beer bottle idea….ROFL. My dh would get a kick out of that one!

  5. Karla T says:

    As an FYI, I was able to find a brown elf so that my children have some diversity in their holidays. Just wanted to share that with the readers.

  6. Joey Fortman says:

    I LoVE this!!
    How long did it take you to think this up?! Gosh! I can’t even remember to move my elf ever. Haha. Great list.

    Joey Fortman

    • Thanks Joey. Isn’t Crystal creative? I can’t ever remember to move our elf either. Reviewing Crystal’s article I was in amazement, not only is she moving her Elf around but it gets into all sorts of creativeness each night. -Jenn

  7. Karla T says:

    put 5 empty beer bottles on the floor next to your elf and have him laying face down on the floor in the bathroom. jk

  8. Crystal Rodgers says:

    Thanks Everyone. I am glad you like them all. I love to hear about all of your Elf adventures as well.

  9. Carrie says:

    Ours was found this morning with a half unwrapped starburst in his hand and a few wrappers around him. Apparently he raided the kids left over Halloween candy as the bag was open and rummaged through! They told everyone at school about their elf’s shenanigan this morning!

  10. Karla T says:

    This is the cutest idea for Christmas that I have every heard! I will be out finding an elf TONIGHT!

  11. Great suggestions – our Jelfie will start to get a little more adventurous. Right now he’s been lurking on shelves (well, that’s what he’s called, right?!), on window sills and in a Christmas stocking. This is the first time we’ve done Elf on the Shelf – I just “discovered” him and my kidlets are 4 and 2. My 2 yr old daughter loves to find him each morning, letting out a squeal every time she finds him….but other than that, have no real interaction with him I like the ideas here to get him more involved! thanks.

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