FREE Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt Printable

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The Elf on the Shelf is an important part of our festivities, even though Freddie is now 11. He might not believe they are real, but he certainly believes in the magic of Christmas. Our Elf on the Shelf, Twinkletoes, even makes an appearance at Halloween, as the Halloween Elf! What better way to have fun than with this Elf On The Shelf scavenger hunt!

Not only do we love the Elf on the Shelf but we also love treasure hunts (or scavenger hunts, I never know what the right term is). We have already created a Halloween treasure hunt and a Christmas treasure hunt. So it was important for us that the elf on the shelf scavenger hunt was the next one we made.

Like all of our treasure hunts, I do not label the clues by number. So you can choose in which order the kids find them. For older children, you could get them upstairs for one, then back downstairs for two, and then up and down!! But for younger children, it might be easier to find them in order of where you start.

Elf on the Shelf treasure hunt

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If you are looking for even more Elf on the Shelf printables I highly recommend these too. This set is huge and includes; an Elf surveillance decor printable, Elf cam printable, December Elf planning calendar, Elf activity planner, and Elf jokes. These can be edited to make it even more personal: Editable Elf Report Card, Editable hello from the Elf letter (includes sample rhyming letter but you have the ability to fully type over and change!), goodbye from the Elf letter, Elf Adoption Certificate and Elf Notes.

Even More Elf Printables?

Before we get to the amazing free Elf on the Shelf printables, I wanted to share with you an amazing deal.

If you are in a rush and are tired of searching for Elf on the Shelf printables you can purchase all of my printables for a small fee here. There are exclusive printables included not found anywhere else, and 32 pages to print!

32 pages are included in this download including:

  1. North Pole Breakfast Menu (2 pages)
  2. Elf construction zone (2 pages)
  3. Snowman soup (exclusive)
  4. Elf Kisses (exclusive)
  5. Elf notes (3 pages)
  6. Elf scavenger hunt (3 pages)
  7. Elf memory game
  8. Elf games
  9. Elf hats
  10. Elf coloring page (8 pages)
  11. Elf arrival letters (5 pages)
  12. Elf goodbye letters (4 pages)

Elf Scavenger Hunt Clues

There are 12 rhyming treasure hunt clues included in the FREE download. You can use or discount as many as you want, but I have tried to include clues that most people will have in their homes.

  • The Elf on the Shelf is here to stay, the next clue is where you lay
  • The Elf on the Shelf will move later, make sure you check the refrigerator
  • Santa’s elves are full of glee, your next clue is hiding in the Christmas tree.
  • The North Pole is far away your next clue is where you play.
  • The Elf is hanging out on his shelf, the next clue is where you would see yourself
  • The Elf on the Shelf has been, your next clue is where you clean
  • Santa Claus likes a nice wreath, the next clue is hiding where you brush your teeth
  • The elf came with a treat, the next clue is where you eat
  • There is snow in the air, the next clue is hiding on your chair
  • The reindeer are in the stable, the next clue is under the table
  • The elves are hiding go and look, but the next clue is in your favorite book
  • The elves’ favorite subject is math, the next clue is hiding in the bath!

Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt

There isn’t really much else required to have fun with these FREE printables, well apart from a printer.

Elf on the Shelf Treasure Hunt Clues
  • Download the free printable below
  • Print out the clues – just make sure you print to either A4 or Letter and click on shrink to fit. I have tried so they should print on both sized paper.
  • Paper or Card – the printables work better on cardstock (this is the one we use), however, normal printer paper will work perfectly.
  • Scissors – to cut the clues, I have purposely kept the clues big, but of course, you can fold them if they need to fit in somewhere small.
  • Get a pen (to remind you where you have put the clues and in what order. Trust me, this really helps!!)
  • Most importantly the gift, however, as it is Christmas, you will already have plenty of candy! If you are looking for alternative Elf on the Shelf gifts I will share our favorites later in the post.
Free elf on the shelf scavenger hunt clues for kids. Free printable treasure hunt for christmas

Elf on the Shelf Gifts

We always like to find alternatives for candy, however, a candy cane or chocolate coins would work as a perfect treasure hunt gift. Please see our favorite gifts below:

Elf on the Shelf Plushee Doll -if you don’t allow your children to touch the actual elf, these make a perfect treat.

The Elf on the Shelf Festive Family Night is a great set, that includes the plushee doll above, it also comes with a DVD, 2 x popcorn buckets, and more. It really is a super gift.

An Elfs Story DVD is the original movie, and it is based on the book. It really is magical (check to see if it is on Netflix or free somewhere else, as I am sure, I have seen it before.)

The Elf on the Shelf Pet this St Bernards dog plush is really cute, and it also comes with a storybook.

Pajama Set these are just adorable and come with a Santa hat!!

12 of the best books about elves will make a perfect gift.

Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt Printable

If you are looking for even more Elf treasure hunts check out these on Etsy.

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Other free Elf on the Shelf printables you are going to love:

We currently have over 20 free scavenger hunt printables on Homeschool of One.

Last Updated on 9 August 2022 by homeschoolof1


  1. Hi i have subscribed to be able to download elf on the shelf printables but haven’t yet received the email? thanks

    1. Hey Lauren, it can take about 5 minutes before the email arrives and I have just looked and it has now been sent. If it is not in your inbox please check the spam folder.

    1. Hi

      The email takes a few minutes to arrive and I see it has now been sent. Can you please let me know if you still can’t see it 🙂

  2. Hi I have subscribed so I can receive the FREE elf on the shelf printables but have received no email with a code to download them?

    1. Hey Kay

      Within the email, there is a password to access our subscriber’s resources page, when you get on to the page you can download as many of our free printables as you want.

      If you have any more questions please feel free to email me 🙂

    1. Hi Grace, in the email you have received (it might be in your spam or promotions tab) you have been sent a password to download all of our free printables. Please let me know if you need any further help 🙂

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