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Countdown to Christmas: 25 quick and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

By Eloise Nelson
Posted 1 December 2020
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It’s that time of year again when Scout Elves return into your home in the run-up to the big day! Designed to keep an eye on the kids and report back to Father Christmas himself, we've got loads of ideas for little antics your Elf can get up to around the house. Whether you're getting involved for the first time, or you're a seasoned pro looking for some new ideas, check out our list below and don't forget to share your ideas in our Facebook Group too! The only thing to remember now is to move him every night... 

  1. Quarantined Elf on the shelf

  2. Hiding in the cutlery drawer

  3. Walking across a fairy lights tightrope

  4. Sleeping in the fridge, wrapped in a blanket

  5. Doing yoga poses

    Elf on the Shelf ideas

  6. Lying next to an empty advent calendar

  7. Watching a Christmas film with popcorn

  8. Sliding down the banister in a slipper toboggan

  9. Making a ‘snow’ angel in flour or sugar

  10. Having a tea party with your kids' other toys

    Elf on the Shelf ideas

  11. Climbing up a chocolate wall

  12. Making bubbles with the soap dispenser

  13. Reaching up to get to the Christmas chocolate tin

  14. Playing a mini elf game of Twister

  15. Sat under some 'snow' with a tiny umbrella

    Elf on the Shelf ideas

  16. Sat in 'hot tub' filled with marshmallow bubbles

  17. Sat inside a DIY igloo

  18. Dressed up as a snowman

  19. Drinking some eggnog

  20. Toasting marshmallows or making smores

    Elf on the Shelf ideas

  21. Locked outside with ‘snow’

  22. Hanging from a bauble

  23. Singing Christmas Carols outside
  24. Stuck in the Christmas tree

    And finally, one for the big day...

  25. Jumping out of a Christmas present! 

Looking for some more festive fun? Check out some of our other blogs for some more Christmas magic:

 Best Christmas days out | Your Royal Mail letter to Santa | Autumn and Winter indoor activities | Must see Christmas Films