20 Elf on the Shelf Ideas Kids Will Love

If you have children in your life, you’ve likely heard of the Elf on the Shelf (see at end of the article where to buy). The Elf on the Shelf has been around for a little over a decade and has become a Christmas tradition for many families, as well as a way of keeping children behaved in the days leading up to Christmas. Prior to the Elf of the Shelf, parents told their children that “Santa was watching” and thus needed to behave. The Elf has taken this tale one step further and has become Santa’s eyes and ears.

As legend goes, Santa sends “scout elves” from the North Pole to watch over children to find outif they are being naughty or nice. Each elf finds a different family to “adopt” him during the Christmas season. The children are told to name their elf, and doing so gives the elves magical powers. These magical powers allow the elf to return back to the North Pole each night and give Santa a status update on the behavior of the children. The children are not allowed to touch their Elf on the Shelf – if they do, the elf will lose his magical powers.

The elf travels to the North Pole every night and returns to a new location in your home, often causing mischief in his wake. When kids wake up the mornings, they must see where the elf has settled himself, and what trouble he has managed to cause! Over the years parents have gotten creative with this “mischief” and the kids seems to love it. But often times parents need some Elf on the Shelf ideas, as moving him every night can become tiring!

If you have an Elf on the Shelf in your life and need a little inspiration on what mischief he can get into, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 20 of the best Elf on the Shelf ideas we’ve come across:

1.) The Shoe-Loving Elf

The elf on the shelf riding a "shoe train"

Parents’ favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas are usually ones that don’t involve a lot of mess. While it’s fun to occasionally pour flour on the counter so your elf can make snow angels, it’s also a mess to clean up!

Thankfully not all great Elf on the Shelf ideas require extensive cleanup, and this “shoe-shoe” train is one of them. Your kids will love the playful side to their elf and enjoy seeing their other toys join in the fun! If you want to geteven more imaginative, your elf can leave your kids a note telling them the he took the “shoe shoe” train back to the North Pole and brought some friends along for the ride to meet Santa!