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Christmas Mischief

13 quick and easy ideas for your elf on the shelf

2 months ago

By Brittany Ross

“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!”

It’s December first, the official start of the Christmas season! If you’re a parent that partakes in the Elf on the Shelf shenanigans, you may be looking for some easy and creative ideas to keep your littles entertained. Look no further, we have put together the ultimate list!

Elf Arrival! – There are tons of ways your elf can make their grand entrance. With this being our first year, we went all out and did hot air balloons from The North Pole Air Express. This one took a bit more planning and time but it turned out so cute!

Santa’s beard – This is a fun daily activity that is easy for all ages. We have even attached the printout for you here. All you need is some glue and cotton balls for 24 days of fun!

Photo Bomb – Grab some mini Christmas bows or pompoms and stick them on the noses of your photos around your house.

Find the candy canes – Hide candy canes around the house and have your kids find them all. Bonus, you get to enjoy the candy canes!

Christmas tree farm – Have a workstation set up when your kids wake up with waffle ice cream cones, green icing and an assortment of “ornaments” (fruit loops, m&m’s, marshmallows, candy canes) and let your kiddos get to work creating their very own tree farm.

Special treat for good behavior – After a couple days of good behavior, stick a treat with your elf. It could be as easy as a hot chocolate or piece of candy!

Floor is lava – This one is fun for all ages. Cut out some “lava” with orange and red construction paper and tape it all over your floor. Make sure you play along, too.

Tic-Tac-Toe – Grab some washi or painters tape and some big Christmas bows and set up a tic-tac-toe on one of your walls.

Banana Minions – Draw little faces on a bunch of bananas and have your elf holding the sharpie.

Elf Igloo – This one takes a bit of planning ahead. Build an igloo out of cotton balls and hot glue. Have your elf sitting inside with an electric tea light. Bring even more magic by having your elf roasting a marshmallow on a toothpick over the light!

Whoopee Cushion – Have your elf holding or sitting on a whoopee cushion with a paper or letterboard saying “Whoopee, Christmas is almost here!”

Marshmallow snow angels – So simple and so fun! Who doesn’t love snow angels?

Reindeer food – This is a classic! Mix up some reindeer food with uncooked oatmeal, glitter and sprinkles. Include a note to spread it across your yard to feed the reindeers!

I hope this list helps keep the holidays fun for you and your littles all Christmas season. Tag us @wacoan so we can see all the mischief your elves are up to!