Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf

We are BIG fans of Elf on the Shelf in our house, this will be the third year we have taken part and our little ‘Elfie’ has joined us to watch over Monkey and to help him stay on the nice list. You can read all about our antics in our first year in our Elf on the Shelf Ideas for a 2 year old. The idea behind Elf on the Shelf is simple, each night your elf will report back to Father Christmas on how good your child’s behaviour has been. His magic allows him to travel to the the North Pole. However your child must never touch him or his powers will disappear. [If this does happen then some magic dust aka glitter can restore your elf’s magical powers if necessary]…

Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

However after speaking to a number of mums, I know a lot of people who would like to get involved but don’t. Worrying that they do not have the time to think up a new activity each night.

So this year I have designed a free printable giving you an idea for each day from the 1st of Dec to the 25th of Dec. All of which are really simple and take no more than 5 minutes. So you can print this out and have everything you need, no more getting into bed and turning to the other half and going ‘oh no the elf’. Which we have done on more than one occasion.

Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf

If this is your first year with Elf on the Shelf then a story book comes with your Elf explaining how it all works to your little ones. Of course if your elf has visited before then the first appearance will be with a welcome message. Last year we used chocolate coins to say ‘Hi’. Monkey made reference to it the other day ‘wondering’ if Elfie would bring chocolate coins with her again this year! Funny what they remember so that will definitely be our starting point.

  1. Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf‘Hi’ with chocolate coins
  2. Message in snow from the North Pole (flour)
  3. Hanging from the living room lights
  4. Selfie with Elfie while child is sleeping
  5. Taking Paw Patrol for a walk (with pipe cleaners)
  6. Having a snowball fight with cotton wool balls
  7. Noughts and crosses with marshmallows
  8. Walking on the ceiling
  9. Making snow angels in sprinkles
  10. Tree decoration hunt
  11. Surprise – reindeer chocolate milk
  12. Covering the tree in toilet paper
  13. Elves diy photo booth
  14. Leaves out paper and scissors to make snowflakes
  15. Drinking an orange ‘fresh orange juice’
  16. Last Day of school message
  17. Rewarding with a Christmas Colouring Book
  18. Filling the front room with balloons
  19. Sealing up the bedroom door with streamers
  20. Plant some magic beans
  21. 4 more sleeps to Christmas written on loo roll
  22. Magic beans turn into candy canes
  23. All wrapped up in Christmas Paper with ‘help’ tag
  24. Presents Christmas Eve Box
  25. Good bye message/note

The great people over at Elf on the Shelf have also thought about this and this year launched some new additions to the elf family. Including Elves at Play, a 60 page idea book and 15 tools to help you prep each night. Such as suction pads so your elf can hang upside down, a hanging chair and grappling hook. All of which to aid the antics your elf gets up to and will be making my life easier this year. There is also a mobile app which can be downloaded for the Apple App Store and loads of ideas on the Elf on the Shelf website.

Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf

  • They have also offered my readers the chance to win an Elf on Shelf by entering the competition below, please use the Gleam application and note the T&Cs
    imagesEnter Competition
  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive an Elf on the Shelf as pictured above
  • The competition will close on 10th December 2016 at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

I have a number of other giveaways running as we approach Christmas please search giveaway in the box above to enter. Good Luck!


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We were gifted an Elf on the Shelf and an Elves at Play Kit for the purpose of this post, however all opinions are my own. We genuinely love Elf on the Shelf and wanted to share our plans for the coming year.


  1. iain maciver
    November 29, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    make a wish

  2. Bernice Cockrell
    November 29, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Leave snow footprints from the Christmas tree all the way up the stairs to the kids rooms xx

  3. Tracy Nixon
    November 30, 2016 / 5:25 am

    I’d give him a pencil and notepad so he could leave notes for my children! Hopefully in return he will leave me some warm socks!

  4. Ruth Harwood
    November 30, 2016 / 7:36 am

    this would be awesome as my daughter is just the right age!!

  5. Alison (MadHouseMum)
    November 30, 2016 / 8:04 am

    I hadn’t heard of the Elf on a Shelf until last week and now I am quite simply in awe of the parents who are able to keep this up for a month – it must be exhausting! I can see how you must get so much back though. This planner will be an absolute life saver to many, I’m sure. Keep up the fun! Alison x #BloggerClubUK
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  6. Jennifer Haden
    November 30, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I’d get him to sit out and watch for Santa! and alert us when he’s here ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. claire woods
    November 30, 2016 / 9:56 am

    eat some christmas chocolate

  8. Karen Barrett
    November 30, 2016 / 10:03 am

    I would give the Elf to my Grandchildren

  9. Lorraine STONE
    November 30, 2016 / 10:09 am

    I would sit him looking at my Hubby at every opportunity … it would drive Hubby nuts but make me laugh! ~~

  10. Dawn Brodribb
    November 30, 2016 / 10:23 am

    I’d get him to drink my hubby’s beer!

  11. Graham Ross
    November 30, 2016 / 10:30 am

    โ€˜Hiโ€™ with chocolate coins

  12. Lauren Fox
    November 30, 2016 / 10:43 am

    I really like the planting the tictacs or something and it growing into a lolly ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for the chance
    <3 <3 <3 <3

  13. November 30, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    This is fab! It’s our first year doing elf on the shelf and these ideas are really useful, thank you. #BloggerClubUK

  14. Kelly cooper
    November 30, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    My elf would be uder the Christmas tree trying to unwrap all the presents but with no luck

  15. November 30, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    My friends elf wrapped up the downstairs loo last year and they couldn’t use it all day! I can’t wait to start doing the elf on the shelf next year. #BloggerClubUK
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  16. November 30, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    I love Elf on the Shelf! We are definitely starting this tradition with our girls!

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  17. November 30, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    This really are great christmas ideas on a planner!:)

  18. Henry Little
    November 30, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    sit on the mantle and keep and eye on the little ones!!

  19. November 30, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    These are some really good ideas that I know I could do. We tried Elf on the Shelf last year but it petrified my eldest so I stopped doing it. I love the idea of it so may quickly bring up the subject again with her but I’m not holding out hope.
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  20. Laura Banks
    November 30, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    it would be great if he could do the cooking but otherwise it would be fun hiding him round the house foe my son

  21. November 30, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Oh this is such a recent thing to the UK – my three would have aired it when they were small! Great post to share with others! #BloggerClubUK

  22. Hannah Ingham
    November 30, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Make christmas trees with toothbrushes! Hehehe!

  23. keri brooks
    November 30, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Putting toilet roll all over the house going have and elf swing from it

  24. michelle o'neill
    November 30, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    help me decorate the tree, then sit in it and spy on my grandaughter to see if shes behaving!

  25. November 30, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    We are doing elf on the shelf for the first time. I’ve not had time to sit down and make a full plan yet so this list is really useful. Thank you. #bloggerclubuk
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  26. lucy higgins
    November 30, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    this is great, I would put him in the kitchen with a half eaten mince pie and crumbs next to him

  27. November 30, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    The snow message in the kitchen is just amazing and the elf looks so cool #BloggerClubUK

  28. November 30, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I have heard of elf on the shelf but didn’t actually know what it was. It sounds such a giggle and lovely to see the kids reaction in the lead up to Christmas! #bloggersckubUK

  29. November 30, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    We haven’t done Elf on the shelf yet as my kids have problems with boundaries and they would definately take the antics too far but maybe when they are a little older and have a better understanding we will give it a go as it does sound like a lot of fun. Some great ideas here though.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and for hosting #blogger-club-uk ๐Ÿ™‚
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  30. Louise McArthur
    November 30, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    I would open up my own advent can and make it look like the elf had eaten them lol

  31. Katie
    November 30, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Leave footprints and a letter!

  32. November 30, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    This is our sixth year doing elf on the shelf and I am running out of ideas! It get’s really hard to think up new ideas each day but thankfully my children are easy to please, they find our elf antics hilarious! #BloggerClubUK
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  33. vicky may
    November 30, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I would roll the loo roll from the toilet around the house and blame the elf lol

  34. Debbie
    November 30, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    would be great to keep the magic alive as youngest is at the questioning stage

  35. December 1, 2016 / 8:12 am

    This is such a cute idea, my daughter would love it. I wish i had thought to do it before! #bloggerclubuk
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  36. December 1, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Tinker panks Floppy feet arrived last night ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great ideas, I have stolen a few ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Ray Dodds
    December 1, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Leave footprints and a letter

  38. December 1, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    These are great ideas. I have never done Elf on the Shelf as I’ve always made the excuse that my children are too young but maybe I should give it a go! #BloggerClubUK
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  39. Sally Collingwood
    December 1, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Switch on the lights on my tree!

  40. Suzanne Gaulton
    December 1, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I would sit it near the fire with a marshmallow on a stick – all ready to toast it!

  41. pete c
    December 1, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    He`d sit there and guard the fairy that sits on the top of the Xmas tree

  42. December 1, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I love all your ideas especially that one with message on the snow is lovely! My boy is 7 months but def I want something like that for him when he will be a little bit older

  43. Jennifer Toal
    December 1, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Move things around

  44. December 1, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    What a great idea. I don’t remember this being around when my teens were little but wish it had been. Looks like a lot of interactive family fun, just how it should be. #BloggerClubUK
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  45. claire griffiths
    December 2, 2016 / 1:54 am

    goggly eyes on everything in the fridge

  46. Laura Pritchard
    December 2, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Sit on my son’s fish tank with a tiny fishing rod we have in the bathroom!

  47. December 3, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Bertie Elf arrived back at our house on Thursday! He’s currently hanging from the Fireman Sam helicopter in our living room window. He’s the adventurous kind so it seems! These are some lovely ideas. Handy to have when it’s midnight and Elf hasn’t moved! Panic!! ๐Ÿ™‚ #bloggerclubuk
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  48. December 3, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    You come up with the best ideas! I love seeing what your elf comes up with next. It’s fab how you have them placed on a calendar! Our elf just returned yesterday! So it’s always good to get ideas. #BloggerClubUK x

  49. Jodie A Harvey
    December 4, 2016 / 8:33 am

    i would get my elf to help me do the housework, then he cna have a rest in one of the kids rooms ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Kimberley Ryan
    December 4, 2016 / 11:18 am

    We would have so much fun with this, and have seen so many ideas. I think we would have our elf turn our lounge in to a snow filled haven

  51. yvonne
    December 5, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    love these fantastic ideas!! I need to try the selfie with elf ๐Ÿ™‚ #bloggerclubuk

  52. Tooting Mama
    December 5, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    So cool, but the games us for us, we’ve ‘fessed up. I have totally missed out on the Elf on the Shelf tradition! Boo hoo! #bloggerclubUK

    December 6, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    I would get the elf to write the children a letter

  54. Sophie Ade
    December 6, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Tidy up my sons toys so he will copy and do the same! Love the magic beans idea!

  55. Vicky Hawkins
    December 6, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    He would wrap up the furniture in Christmas wrapping paper.

  56. Dominique Clarke
    December 6, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    My sister has one of these for my two nephews and i love hearing their stories about “Elfie”

    Please send one of Santa’s little scouts to our house Mudpiefridays! My daughter would love it and i’ve got some great ideas. Thanks for the chance to win x

  57. Dominique Clarke
    December 6, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    My sister has one of these for my two nephews and i love hearing their stories about “Elfie”

    Please send one of Santa’s little scouts to our house Mudpiefridays! My daughter would love it and i’ve got some great ideas. Thanks for the chance to win

  58. Rebecca Austin
    December 7, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Wow , what a great list, fingers crossed for this my daughter would love it

    December 7, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Keep an eye on my grandson so he doesn’t pinch my chocs and tidy his toys away

  60. Lisa Christopher
    December 8, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Make snow angels in the kitchen

  61. Margaret Abram
    December 8, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    He could sit on the sofa with me and watch tv while my husband is out.

  62. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    December 8, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    My nephew would love it!

  63. A S,Edinburgh
    December 9, 2016 / 1:06 am

    Plant and “grow” some magic beans, I think.

  64. jen s morgan
    December 9, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Ii would get the elf to decorate the tree and move bits around daily so the kids no he’s still there watching lol x

  65. Kim Neville
    December 9, 2016 / 9:59 am

    My son would enjoy putting elf in various hiding places

  66. Kim Styles
    December 9, 2016 / 11:26 am

    do the Tree decoration hunt on christmas day

  67. Gaynor Spanswick
    December 9, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    I would put a pair of mittens on him and let him sit next to my sweet and chocolate stash to make sure no one takes any.The mittens would make it harder for him to take any . ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Angie McDonald
    December 9, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I would get him to watch over Santa’s mince pie!

  69. Sheri Darby
    December 9, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Keep an eye out for Santa

  70. Julie Edwards
    December 9, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Great ideas. Wish we had this when my kids were younger

  71. Donna Bowen
    December 9, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Do something naughty to my daughters daddy x

  72. jessica cook
    December 9, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    I love the idea of the elf sledding down the banister on a sledge made out of candy canes

  73. Jo Hutchinson
    December 9, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Leaving more Christmas presents under the Christmas.

  74. Joanna Phillimore
    December 10, 2016 / 5:15 am

    If I won the elf I would get him to pop up in all different places as he watches everyone’s behaviour – which I’m sure will be perfect. ????

  75. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 10, 2016 / 5:47 am

    I would get him to make our Christmas wishes come true

  76. sandra bald
    December 10, 2016 / 6:28 am

    He’d leave a mini Christmas tree decoration in our daughter’s wooden advent calendar

  77. Lucy Chester
    December 10, 2016 / 6:35 am

    I would put him by the fireplace waiting for santa

  78. janine atkin
    December 10, 2016 / 8:38 am

    he’d bake some biscuits

  79. deborah bowdich
    December 10, 2016 / 8:45 am

    The lottery numbers would be magic

  80. Hayley Todd
    December 10, 2016 / 8:46 am

    We would leave little Elf footprints from where the elf sat the previous day, out through the patio doors, and another set coming back in to where he was repositioned, to make it look as though he left the house at night to go to visit Santa at the North Pole.

  81. Lisa Houston
    December 10, 2016 / 10:12 am

    get one of my sons toys n make a crash like elf has done it

  82. Shannon Mostert
    December 10, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Wrap the tree in toilet paper… Definitely think my boys would find that funny.

  83. Anna Brown
    December 10, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I’d get the elf to wrap the Christmas tree in toilet paper. My children would find this so funny!

  84. Anthea Holloway
    December 10, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I would get the elf to hide behind the dog’s bed. It would be such fun trying to find him!

  85. laura stewart
    December 10, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    help me with my daughter birthday party!

  86. Laura Blackburn
    December 10, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    I’d love this!

  87. Carly Belsey
    December 10, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Leave a trail of chocolates from the cupboard ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. Nancy Bradford
    December 10, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Wrap all of the presents and cook the Christmas dinner for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. Pauline Black
    December 10, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    He would eat all the chocolate
    Out of the advent calendar!

  90. Tammy Neal
    December 10, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    I’d give. It to my niece x

  91. Alison Macdonald
    December 10, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    He would run wild with the toothpaste tube in the bathroom and squirt it all over the sink!

  92. Kayleigh Robinson
    December 10, 2016 / 11:18 pm

    I would make him make snow Angels with the flour in the kitchen!

  93. Natalie Crossan
    December 10, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    eat some chocolate x

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