As a house that has an Elf on the Shelf, or technically a Pop-in-Kins Elf, I am already planning things for our elf to do. I try to make the elf ideas super easy and fun, and certainly nothing that requires mom to pick up a huge mess! Christina Marie typically shows up the day after Thanksgiving and stays through Christmas Eve… which means she has 27 days of activities. Although in years past there have been a few lazy days where she literally has just sat on a shelf, and that’s OK too.

Less work, less mess! 27 fun and creative Elf on the Shelf ideas to entertain the kids!

Having done this for a few years now, I feel like I’ve done it all! So I’ve turned to asking for ideas that I can create on my Facebook Page for fun and new things for our Christmas Elf to do! Seriously, if you have an idea that would make a fun Elf on the Shelf Printable, lay it on me in the comments!

Less Mess Elf on the Shelf Ideas

1. This year our Elf with be showing up the day after Thanksgiving with a Christmas themed Book in hand

2. Turn him into Spiderman

3. Have her set up a lemonade stand

4. Have him Build a Snowman

5. Have her make a Mini Elf-Sized Countdown to Christmas Chain

6. Have him play Christmas Mix-Up, a fun party game!

7. Have her write a message on eggs

8. Tie him to a train track

9. Have her join a sack race

10. Have him Lift (Marshmallow) Weights

11. Have her play the elf version of Tic Tac Toe

12. Have him write a Christmas List

13. Have her ride a Graham Cracker and Candy Cane Sled

14. Have him attempt to make a Rainbow Loom Bracelet

15. Turn her into a Elf Mechanic

16. Have him bring funny jokes to share

17. Have her put on makeup

18. Have him do laundry

19. Have her walk the dog

20. Have him go skiing

21. Turn her into a teacher

22. Have him google eye the fruit

23. Turn her into an artist

24. Turn him into a pirate

25. Have her be a racecar driver

26. Have him sleep on a marshmallow bed

27. Make sure he leaves a Goodbye Letter – also on the last day my kids finally get to give Christina Marie a hug and a kiss, since Santa will be picking her up anyway. My youngest, especially, looks forward to this day all the more because of that opportunity!

Still need ideas? Check out the rest of my Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Printables.