I know that Elf Season can be a bit exhausting, so I’ve rounded up 25 Elf on the Shelf QUICK & EASY Ideas that take UNDER 5 Minutes!
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. I need QUICK Elf on the Shelf Ideas! So, I compiled this list of 25 Elf on the Shelf QUICK & EASY ideas that take UNDER 5 Minutes!
Also, don’t forget to check out my page of FREE Elf on the Shelf PRINTABLE Activity Cards! All of these ideas are super simple too and help bring a little twist into your Elf Season! You can find them all on my Elf on the Shelf Printables Page!
ELF ON THE SHELF 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!!
This is too dang cute! I love the idea of setting up a game with stuffed animals, barbies, dinosaurs and more!
This is super fun and missions are so simple and cute! The envelope could be reused night after night too!
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!
This is such a cute idea! Use Cookie Crisp cereal to have your Elf make cookies!
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!
Secret Santa Message from Santa — have your Elf bring this back from the North Pole!
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 🙂
Glow Bracelets (source unknown)
I have a box of Glow Bracelets leftover from the 4th of July, so I think this will be super fun to do!
This is hilarious and the kids will think that the Elf didn’t come back until they go to get breakfast!
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.
My daughter would love seeing all her stuffed animals racing our Elf!
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!
Wrapping the Toilet
I can’t wait to hear what my 4 year old says about this – haha 🙂
Of course your Elf gets Hungry! What does your Elf like to eat?
Elf Sick Day
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
We have a pretty good sized Chandelier that is really high – this will be both fun and easy! I can see the kids running under it 20 times before finding him! hehe 🙂
Hang in Stocking or Boot
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!
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Looking for some other fun ideas to incorporate with your Elf Season? Check out all of Elf on the Shelf Printable Ideas! Here are just a few of the most popular:
- Elf on the Shelf Printable Good Deed Cards
- Magical Recovery Kit for your Elf on the Shelf
- Elf on the Shelf Mission Impossible Envelopes and Cards
- Printable Elfisms
- Elf on the Shelf Printable Joke Cards
- + more!
If you’re looking for some fun Elf on the Shelf Outfits and Accessories for your Elf, check out this amazing shopping guide!
Hope these ideas help make your Elf season more fun! If you love them, I’d love you to pin the below image to help spread the word to others!
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