25 Elf on the Shelf QUICK & EASY Ideas that take Under 5 mins!
I love our Elf on the Shelf, Jasper! I realized pretty quick into our 1st year of his arrival that lots of the ideas out there for the Elf on the Shelf were just very unrealistic for my families situation. First off, I didn’t have 15 minutes every night to figure out where I was going to hide him (or I’d be half asleep in bed and remember). Second, so many of the ideas had the Elf down low or in areas that my kids would have been tempted ALL day to touch him. I didn’t need to be worrying about that all day. So, I came up with this list of 25 Elf on the Shelf QUICK & EASY ideas that take UNDER 5 Minutes!
Nov 2014 update: Since I originally wrote this post back in 2012 we’ve created LOTS of printables, shared other ideas and have a Pre-K Pack to also help make your Elf Season fun, creative, and EASY! After you’ve checked out our 25 QUICK & EASY ideas, be sure and check out all the other fun ideas we’ve shared by clicking the image below!
Now for the 25 QUICK and EASY ideas – these are all FAST, EASY and REALISTIC for families with little kids! If they aren’t perfect – then they can be modified to places up high or out of the way!
Don’t get me wrong – I’m super excited for when my kids are older and will have the self control to be able to not be tempted to touch our Elf. But, for now – that just isn’t an option.
I hope you get some fun ideas to incorporate into your ELF SEASON!!
We did this last year too and my boys thought it was hilarious! Just have your Elf draw funny faces on a picture using a Dry Erase Marker!
Last year we hid our Elf in our Christmas Tree, but I thought this idea of TP’ing the tree first was super fun!
We have boots, not stockings, but I still thought this was too hilarious not to share!
We don’t have Barbies in our home, but I’m thinking a Jacuzzi w/ Superheroes would be just as fun!
Top Shelf of the Pantry – so no little hands can touch him! Perfect!
I thought would be fun clos to Christmas! What is it about toilet paper that is so funny? haha
I have a box of Glow Bracelets leftover from the 4th of July, so I think this will be super fun to do!
We don’t have Pez dispensers, but this concept could work using Barbies or Superheroes – really anything!
We have a pretty large Entertainment Center in our house and I think the kids will love this! You can use yarn, ribbon or even just some string!
Who doesn’t have a Tissue box out and around during the Winter? Super quick and simple!
One day Elf just isn’t going to make it back, before Mom locks the doors.
The day after he’s locked out – maybe Surprise him with a Magic Elf Key!
We did one similar to this last year. Who doesn’t have some sort of Reindeer or Sleigh Decor?
You could really do this any day with any type of message! I think I’ll save this for the day after a day that my kids have been especially naughty!
My kids love their Fisher Price Nativity Set and they would love finding Jasper rocking Baby Jesus!
This one would be pretty easy too! We’ve got some big tires in our Lego’s!
I can’t wait to hear what my 4 year old says about this – haha
And, of course the milk in the fridge would all be Green too!
Don’t we all have a sick day every once in a while? So does our Elf!
Here’s another great idea for an activity! Click through to see the adorable letter that goes with it!
Little naughty Elf – tries trapping the kids
I love how she has the idea last for several days and not just overnight! Click through to learn more!
We have a pretty good sized Chandelier that is really high – this will be both fun and easy! I can’t see the kids running under it 20 times before finding him! hehe
Looking for a few extra fun ideas – that may take a little extra time? I loved these!
Click through the link to see more on this! Such a cute idea!
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