8 Ideas to Have More Fun with Your Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf

Our Elf on the Shelf Family Holiday Tradition started up again yesterday. My kids were so psyched. They have been asking for days when “Jack” was coming and so we officially started December 1st. We’ve been playing this fun Hide ‘n Seek game every Christmas for the past 4 years now. Now that my kids are older and we’ve been doing this for awhile, I wanted some creative ways to have even more fun with our Elf this year. Here are a few ideas that I thought up and some fun ones I found online. I’ll be adding more as I get inspired throughout the next 20ish days.


Watch the Video

The creators of Elf on the Shelf put together a super cute video on how the Elves get ready for the Christmas season. You can watch it with the kids here.

Catch them in the Act
These Elves are photogenic. While the kids are sleeping or at school, take some funny photos of the Elves raiding the fridge or peeking in the wrapped presents or sleeping with the cat. Take them off center and close-up so it looks like the Elf took his or her own picture.

Letter to Buddy the Elf

Elf Letters
My daughter loves to write letters. She writes some for Santa, Rudolph, Buddy from the Elf movie, the Tooth Fairy, the Pumpkin Fairy and our St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun. So have your kids write a note or letter to your Elf and maybe he’ll answer overnight. Want to make it even funnier – write the letter in an “Elf” language that no one understands or have the Elf write backwards so the kids have to hold the note up to a mirror to read.

Jack's name

The Elf was Here
Leave clues around the house that show that the Elf was moving around. A cereal box tipped over, Christmas cards out and on the floor, little footprints on the kitchen table or even have the Elf write his or her name out using raisins, Cheerios, legos or in some spilled flour. Here’s a cute idea – spill some flour out on the counter and then have the Elf make a snow angel in the flour.

Elf on the Shelf Snow Angels

Bake Up Some Fun
When the kids come downstairs for breakfast, won’t they be surprised to find a fresh batch of Christmas cookies on the kitchen counter that the Elf “baked” overnight?

Here are some very fun ideas I found online that would appeal to older kids or teens to keep the fun going.

Don’t Let the Elf Drive the Car
I read that a family would put their Elf in the driver’s seat of the car up on phone books or books so it looked like he was joy riding at night. Park the car in a crazy position, backwards, or out on the street to show that the Elf was out on the town and really shouldn’t be allowed to drive.

Elves are Socially Savvy
I read about some families setting up Facebook, Twitter or email accounts to talk with their teens or tweens or keep a Cyber “eye” on who’s naughty or nice online. The Elves can also find funny Christmas inspired sites to forward to the kids.

Fun in the “Off” Season
My kids always joke about what “Jack” our Elf does on his time off. What the heck does he do the other 11 months of the year? I think it would be a blast to give the Elf to friends or family you know who are traveling and ask them to take a picture of the Elf in that location. You know, like the gnome in the movie Amelie. The Elf can then send postcards or photos to the kids to keep the fun going all year long.

elf skirt inset

Gotta get your hands on an Elf on the Shelf? We sell them over at www.ChocolateCakeClub.com. We also have brown eyed, darker skinned Elves and we even sell skirts to make your Elf a girl.

What do you like to do “extra” to have fun with your Elf on the Shelf. I’d love to hear it.

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Tags: 25 Days of Christmas Family Fun · Holiday Fun · Holiday Traditions

5 Comments - Leave a comment

  1. Darn! Our elf stays in the box way up high and our daughter can’t touch it. If she DOES touch it, it goes back to the North pole w/a naughty report and doesn’t return. But now that we’ve had this rule for a few years, I see that we’re missing out on all this Elf fun. :-(

    Ours is called Fle by the way (Elf backwards of course!)

    Elene Cafasso
    12/2/10

  2. Hi Elene,

    I love the name! That is so cute. We just started getting more creative with the Elf now that the kids are older and are looking for more of a challenge. It has become more of a game than a behavior deterrant.

    Have fun with your Elf this Holiday Season!

    Sue

    Sue Kirchner
    12/2/10

  3. Love these ideas! I can’t wait to try the footprints & the pictures.

    Melissa K.
    12/10/10

  4. What a weird coincidence. I just searched for “postcard from the elf on the shelf” to see if anybody had a picture of their elf out there because my son just said how much he missed his elf “Jack”.

    Sarah
    1/5/11

  5. That is a weird coincidence. I wonder how many “Jacks” there are in the world. My kids miss our Jack too.

    Sue Kirchner
    1/5/11

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