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.  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!

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

25 QUICK and EASY 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!!  

1) Draw Faces on a Picture

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!


2.) TP the Christmas Tree

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


3) Replace Stockings w/ Undies

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

4) Jacuzzi w/ Friends

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

5) Sipping on Syrup

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

6) TP Countdown

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

7) 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!

 8) Reading a Book to “Friends!”

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

9) Repelling

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!

10) Napping in the Tissue Box

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

11) Elf Locked Out

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

12) Elf Key

The day after he’s locked out – maybe Surprise him with a Magic Elf Key!

13) Elf Riding Reindeer/Guiding Sleigh

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

14) 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!

15) Rocking Baby Jesus

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

16) Elf Tire Swing

This one would be pretty easy too!  We’ve got some big tires in our Lego’s!

17) Wrapping the Toilet

I can’t wait to hear what my 4 year old says about this – haha 🙂

18) Hungry Elf w/ Green Milk

And, of course the milk in the fridge would all be Green too!

19) Elf has a Sick Day

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

20) Magic Elf Seeds

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

21) Kid Trap

Little naughty Elf – tries trapping the kids

22) Special Delivery!

I love how she has the idea last for several days and not just overnight!  Click through to learn more!

23) Hang in a Chandelier

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 🙂

24) Hang in Stocking or Boot

25) 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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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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