Elf on the Shelf Cheat Sheet - Columbus Moms Network

Elf on the Shelf is back and I made a list of Elf ideas with instructions and photos using items you already have around the house. There are enough ideas to get you through until Christmas!

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DAY 1: I’M BACK- Use M&Ms or other candy to spell out I’M BACK

DAY 2: I BROUGHT YOU A SNOWMAN-    Put eyes, two sticks, and carrot in a bowl of water 

DAY 3: SHOE SHINE- Wrap your kid’s pair of shoes with aluminum foil 

DAY 4: ELF POKER-   Set up Elf and other toys playing cards 

DAY 5: SANTA SAID NO IPAD TODAY-  Wrap your Elf and your kid’s device in cling wrap 

DAY 6: TREE ZIPLINE-  Attach your Elf to a candy cane on a ribbon down the tree.


DAY 7: DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS-  Set Elf on a shelf with animals on the ground feeding them a bowl of marshmallows

DAY 8: GONE FISHING- Give Elf some string to go fishing for Goldfish in the bathroom sink

DAY 9: EGG FACES-  Draw funny faces on the eggs in the fridge with a sharpie in Elf’s hands

DAY 10: ELF MADE BREAKFAST-  Give Elf a spoon and a bowl full of candy to serve your kid’s breakfast.

DAY 11: ELF ROLL UP- Put Elf in a roll of toilet paper leaving a trail from your kid’s room to the kitchen

DAY 12: SNOWBALL FIGHT-  Pour flour and stack marshmallows as snowballs for a fun scene of Elf vs. another toy!


DAY 13: CLIMBING FOR SNACKS- Stack up household items for Elf to climb up and into pantry your snack bin.

DAY 14: ELF SLEEPOVER-  Put Elf and some of his friends in socks laid out for a sleepover.

DAY 15: BORRROWED YOUR BUTT BRUSH- Use your kid’s toothbrush as the elf’s butt brush 

DAY 16: ELF SNOW ANGEL- Use flour, sprinkles, or sugar for your Elf to make a snow angel.


DAY 17: SHOE SHOE TRAIN- Line up your kid’s shoes in a curvy line and put Elf as the train’s conductor with dolls in the other shoes.

DAY 18: FROZEN ELF- Let Elsa “freeze” your Elf inside a block of ice.


DAY 19: CANDY CANE SLEDDING- Grab some candy canes for Elf to sled down down the staircase railing.

DAY 20: ROCK CLIMBING- Add bows or stickers to the wall for Elf to climb up the wall or front door.

DAY 21: UNDERWEAR TREE – Hang your kid’s underwear on the tree as ornaments with Elf wearing a pair too.

DAY 22: HAMMOCK HANGOUT- Make a hammock out of toilet paper and hang from the bathroom towel bar.

DAY 23: CAR RIDE- Your kids will look all over the house and they’ll be shocked to find him waiting in the car 

DAY 24: GOODBYE SEND OFF- Set up Elf on a truck waving goodbye until next year

I hope this Elf on the Shelf cheat sheet makes your December Elf experience run smoothly and most importanlty, makes magical memories for your family!

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