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25 Elf on the Shelf QUICK & EASY Ideas that take Under 5 mins!

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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!

These Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas all take under 5 mins and are perfect for families with small children! From www.overthebigmoon.com

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!


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!!

Secret North Pole Message from Santa - have your Elf on the Shelf bring this fun activity back from the North Pole! From overthebigmoon.com!

Secret Message Printable


Elf Bingo Sized Cards - sooo cute! From overthebigmoon.com!

Elf Sized Bingo Cards from Pretty Providence

This is too dang cute! I love the idea of setting up a game with stuffed animals, barbies, dinosaurs and more!


Elf on the Shelf Mission Cards and Envelopes! From overthebigmoon.com!

Elf on the Shelf Mission Cards & Envelope from Over the Big Moon

This is super fun and missions are so simple and cute! The envelope could be reused night after night too!


Elf Drawing on Pictures
Draw Faces on Pictures from Simple as That Blog

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!


Elf Makes Cookies - with Cookie Crisp!

Elf Makes Cookies from Pretty Providence

This is such a cute idea! Use Cookie Crisp cereal to have your Elf make cookies!

Elf TP'ing the Christmas Tree
Elf TP the Christmas Tree from CincyShopper

Last year we hid our Elf in our Christmas Tree, but I thought this idea of TP’ing the tree first was super fun!

Elf replaces stockings with UnderwearReplace Stockings w/ Undies

We have boots, not stockings, but I still thought this was too hilarious not to share!


Elf in a "Bubble Bath" in the sink!
Elf “Bubble Bath” from Bombshell Bling

We don’t have Barbies in our home, but I’m thinking a Jacuzzi w/ Superheroes would be just as fun!


Minion Bananas from Fancy Shanty

Elf drinking SyrupElf Sipping on Syrup

Top Shelf of the Pantry – so no little hands can touch him!  Perfect!

Elf creates countdown by writing on toilet paperTP Countdown

I thought would be fun clos to Christmas!  What is it about toilet paper that is so funny?  haha 🙂

Elf covered in glow in the dark braclets 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!


Elf wrapped in dish wrap to keep warm in the fridgeCold in the Fridge from New Mercies

This is hilarious and the kids will think that the Elf didn’t come back until they go to get breakfast!

Elf reading a book to Pez dispensers Reading a Book to “Friends!”

We don’t have Pez dispensers, but this concept could work using Barbies or Superheroes – really anything!

Elf Repelling from CabinetRepelling

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!

Elf napping in tissue boxNapping in the Tissue Box

Who doesn’t have a Tissue box out and around during the Winter?  Super quick and simple!

Elf locked out!Elf Locked Out

One day Elf just isn’t going to make it back, before Mom locks the doors.


Elf Sack Race with friends!

Sack Race from Picklehead Soup

My daughter would love seeing all her stuffed animals racing our Elf!


Elf Riding Reindeer/Guiding Sleigh

We did one similar to this last year.  Who doesn’t have some sort of Reindeer or Sleigh Decor?

Elf Leaves Message

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!


Rocking Baby Jesus

My kids love their Fisher Price Nativity Set and they would love finding Jasper rocking Baby Jesus!

Elf Riding Tire SwingElf Tire Swing

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 🙂

Hungry Elf on the Shelf Hungry Elf from Mommy Mafia

Of course your Elf gets Hungry! What does your Elf like to eat?


Elf Sick DayElf Sick Day

Don’t we all have a sick day every once in a while?  So does our Elf!

Magic Elf Seeds

Here’s another great idea for an activity!  Click through to see the adorable letter that goes with it!

Kid Trap

Little naughty Elf – tries trapping the kids


Elf in Chandelier
Hang in a Chandelier from The No Pressure Life

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

Naughty or Nice List!

Looking for a few extra fun ideas – that may take a little extra time?  I loved these!


Candycane Gardening Kit

Click through the link to see more on this!  Such a cute idea!

Soarin’ Elf

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Elf Zipline!

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!

25 Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas to help simplify your Elf Season! Check them out here! From overthebigmoon.com!


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Check out all our Elf on the Shelf Printables & Ideas!

15+ Elf on the Shelf Free Printable Sets + tons of Elf on the Shelf ideas! From overthebigmoon.com!

Also, if you’re looking for more fun ideas like this – check out these other fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

Pam Dana

Pam is a stay at home working mama that enjoys all phases of life! Between her 3 kids, fur baby (a beyond cute Goldendoodle), wonderful husband, friends and working, she stays pretty busy! But, she is loving every aspect of her life! Here on Over the Big Moon, she loves to share DIY's, recipes, printables, organization tips and more!

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