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. Alison (MadHouseMum)

    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

  2. Kirsty - Winnettes

    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.

  3. Janine

    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 πŸ™‚

  4. five little doves

    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

  5. ohmummymia

    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

  6. Jaki

    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!! πŸ™‚ #bloggerclubuk

  7. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    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

  8. Kimberley Ryan

    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

  9. Tooting Mama

    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

  10. Dominique Clarke

    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

  11. Dominique Clarke

    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

  12. Gaynor Spanswick

    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 . πŸ™‚

  13. Joanna Phillimore

    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. ????

  14. Hayley Todd

    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.

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