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Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas. 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 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]…

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.

Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – Free Printable

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.

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.

Elf on the Shelf Timetable

  1. ‘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 the 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. Goodbye message/note

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If you need a bit of extra help…

It is possible to buy an Elf on the Shelf kit  –  Elves at Play*.  Which has 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.

What are your favourite Elf on the Shelf Ideas? I would love to hear about them in the comments below

Elf on the shelf ideas for a 2 year old 


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Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas


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  2. Kayleigh Robinson

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

  3. Alison Macdonald

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

  4. Pauline Black

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

  5. Nancy Bradford

    Wrap all of the presents and cook the Christmas dinner for me 🙂

  6. Carly Belsey

    Leave a trail of chocolates from the cupboard 🙂

  7. laura stewart

    help me with my daughter birthday party!

  8. Anthea Holloway

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

  9. Anna Brown

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

  10. Rebecca Beesley

    the elf would eat up everyones advent calendar chocolates all in one go!

  11. Shannon Mostert

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

  12. Lisa Houston

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

  13. 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.

  14. Lucy Chester

    I would put him by the fireplace waiting for santa

  15. sandra bald

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

  16. Lynsey Buchanan

    I would get him to make our Christmas wishes come true

  17. 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. ????

  18. Jo Hutchinson

    Leaving more Christmas presents under the Christmas.

  19. jessica cook

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

  20. Donna Bowen

    Do something naughty to my daughters daddy x

  21. Julie Edwards

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

  22. Angie McDonald

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

  23. 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 . 🙂

  24. Matthew O'Reilly

    Fill the front room full of ballons

  25. Kim Styles

    do the Tree decoration hunt on christmas day

  26. Kim Neville

    My son would enjoy putting elf in various hiding places

  27. jen s morgan

    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

  28. A S,Edinburgh

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

  29. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    My nephew would love it!

  30. Margaret Abram

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


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

  32. Rebecca Austin

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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. Vicky Hawkins

    He would wrap up the furniture in Christmas wrapping paper.

  36. Sophie Ade

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


    I would get the elf to write the children a letter

  38. Catherine @ Story Snug

    There are some brilliant ideas on this list. I love the magic beans growing into candy canes :o) Thank you for sharing!


  39. 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

  40. love these fantastic ideas!! I need to try the selfie with elf 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  41. 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

  42. Jodie A Harvey

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

  43. Random Musings

    Fab ideas Claire and making a printable is a lovely idea – It will make life easier for so many parents!

  44. 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

  45. 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!! 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  46. Laura Pritchard

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

  47. claire griffiths

    goggly eyes on everything in the fridge

  48. Jo (Mother of Teenagers)

    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

  49. 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

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

  51. Suzanne Gaulton

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

  52. Tabitha Siklos

    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

  53. Tinker panks Floppy feet arrived last night 😉

    Great ideas, I have stolen a few 🙂

  54. shaney(imummyblog)

    This is such a cute idea, my daughter would love it. I wish i had thought to do it before! #bloggerclubuk

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

  56. vicky may

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

  57. 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

  58. Louise McArthur

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

  59. 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 🙂

  60. Lianne harris

    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

  61. Blessing | Luchi Bakes

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

  62. lucy higgins

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

  63. 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

  64. michelle o'neill

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

  65. keri brooks

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

  66. Hannah Ingham

    Make christmas trees with toothbrushes! Hehehe!

  67. justsayingmum

    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

  68. Laura Banks

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

  69. 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.

  70. Henry Little

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

  71. Chilli Regina

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

  72. The Tale of Mummyhood

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


  73. Louise - Mummy Miller

    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

  74. Kelly cooper

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

  75. Caroline

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

  76. Lauren Fox

    I really like the planting the tictacs or something and it growing into a lolly 😀
    Thanks for the chance
    <3 <3 <3 <3

  77. Steph Curtis

    We love our elf. Great ideas all in one place, thanks! #BloggerClubUK

  78. Dawn Brodribb

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

  79. Lorraine STONE

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

  80. Karen Barrett

    I would give the Elf to my Grandchildren

  81. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Such lovely ideas, I love the selfie sleeping and snow idea. #BloggerClubUK

  82. Jennifer Haden

    I’d get him to sit out and watch for Santa! and alert us when he’s here 😉

  83. 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

  84. Ruth Harwood

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

  85. Tracy Nixon

    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!

  86. Bernice Cockrell

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

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