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14 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids When You Have No Time!

14 of the best free elf on the shelf antics for kids including the best personalised Christmas Eve Box #xmas #elfontheshelf
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We have had our Elf on the Shelf visiting us now since 2013. We all really look forward to his arrival as we know it must be nearly Christmas. Check out our all-time favourite FREE elf on the shelf ideas for kids. These hardly take any planning and are great for busy moms!

This isn’t the first time we have a visit we actually have a Halloween Elf on the Shelf too!!

Our elf is a good elf, and after he has reported back to Santa every night he comes back in a different position in the house. Freddie loves going to find him, and often he is doing something fun or bringing him something to do.

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Elf On The Shelf Antics

Elf on the Shelf Arrival – Elf Construction Site

Towards the middle of November, the Elf construction site appears! This is so easy to do, the site safety notices were just free printouts from Pinterest and stuck to some tin foil. And the characters are normally Lego figures that we have. Ok, this takes a bit of time!! But I promise everything else is quick and easy!

Elf Construction Site

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This year the elves have left a little letter telling Freddie that the elves are soon to be arriving!

Letter from the elves explaining the elf door construction site

If you are looking for even more Elf on the Shelf printables I highly recommend these too. The set includes the Official Nice List Certificate; Department of Elf Surveillance Notice; North Pole Mailing Labels; 24 Good Deed/Act of Kindness Cards; 20 Joke Cards; Coloring Pages; Elf Kissing Booth; Magic Recovery Kit (in case your elf is touched)

Christmas Bedding

On the first of December we have our North Pole breakfast if you want to see what we have check out my post on the North Pole Breakfast but that evening the Elf will change all of our bedding to Christmas themed bedding! This is fairly difficult to pull off, but clearly, the elf has magical powers!

Elf Changing the Bedding to Christmas Bedding

Elf on the Shelf Clothes

I don’t know about you but my son absolutely loves the Fortnite dances, so this year we will be dressing one of the elves in this brilliant Fortnite Elf hoodie!! Check out my latest post on the best elf on the shelf accessories.

Elf Floss like a boss

Santa Wish List

Towards the beginning of December, the elves bring along a Santa wish list. This is for Freddie to fill out so they can take it to Santa that evening. We put it in a special Santa envelope that we made with some felt. if you don’t have time Etsy has loads.

Elf on the Shelf Antics - Bringing the Christmas Wish List for Santa

Spray Painting the Windows!

This is a fun one, and isn’t as messy as we thought it would be! It is my birthday on the 5th December so the elves leave me a big happy b’day message on the window! Freddie thinks it’s hilarious! Get some here.

Elf on the Shelf Antics - Spray painting the windows

Elves playing in a band

This is a quick and easy elf antic. Set up some teddies and place musical instruments in front of them!

Elf and his friends playing in a band

Elves feeling at home

We use the leftovers from the gingerbread houses we have made for the North Pole Breakfast and add some fake snow. A couple of years ago I made the elf a suitcase out of an old ring box and add some sparkly pipe cleaner for the handle!

Elf going home to the North Pole with his suitcase

Elf Race

I love this one, we lined all of the Christmas teddies as spectators while the elves had a race! We are a bit mad about having so many elves, but it is great fun!!!

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Elves Stuck in a Traffic Jam

Another easy one, we just lined up all of the cars we had on the window sill with the Elf on the Shelf stuck in the middle!

Elf in a traffic jam

Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids -Helping Decorate!

We were painting our hall a couple of years ago, so we thought we could get the elf to help out too!!!

Elf helping Painting

Elf on the Shelf Note Cards

This one was the Elf on the Shelf telling Freddie to watch a Christmas movie that day. We don’t always do notes from the Elf but one year we did. You can find some awesome ones on Etsy.

Elf on the Shelf leaving notes to watch a Christmas movie - elf on the shelf ideas for kids

Elf on the Shelf Antics – Doing DIY

This, of course, was a couple of years ago when Freddie did play with toolsets like this. But this was another really easy one!

Elf Doing DIY - elf on the shelf ideas for kids

Elf on the Shelf Bringing Christmas Jumpers

On Christmas Jumper Day the elf will leave a Christmas jumper for us all, including our dog!

Christmas Eve Box

On the last day, Christmas Eve, the elf will leave a Christmas Eve Box. Included is generally the following:

  • Christmas PJ’s
  • Christmas Film that we all watch as a family just before bedtime.
  • Snowman Soup (hot chocolate and marshmallows – we make our own. Have a look on Pinterest for some great ideas)
  • Reindeer Food (we make a bag of this to sprinkle in the garden before bed)
  • Christmas Book that Freddie will now read to us
  • Slipper Socks
  • A Christmas themed bath bomb
  • Christmas Chocolates / Popcorn

If you are looking for Christmas Eve box ideas for adults check out our recent post.

Personalised Christmas Eve Box

What is your favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas for kids? Please let me know in the comments below.

The best elf on the shelf ideas that are super quick and easy this Christmas

Last Updated on 16 November 2021 by homeschoolof1

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