Top 25 Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas for the Countdown Until Christmas

Have you guys taken up the Elf on the Shelf trend? Yes, I know our kids should not have to be bribed to be good. But it is such a fun tradition! Here are 25 ideas I rounded up from Instagram that I just might try as we count down the days to Christmas!

Make sure you introduce the Elf in a fun way too! Examples of this include any of the ideas below. This year, we are having the elf get the kids into the season by gifting them with a ginger bread house!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids Countdown Until Christmas

1. Elf on the Shelf taking a marshmallow bath.

2. Making snow angels….well sprinkle angels.

3. Kind of like in that scene from E.T.

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4. Playing the drums.

5. Going to the bathroom.

6. Hanging from the ceiling.

7. The “shoe shoe” train.

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8. Riding a toy dinosaur.

9. Another potty one!

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10. Camping in a card tent.

11. Ballooning.

12. Coming out of a cereal.

13. Copy machine.

14. Fishing.

16. Roasting Marshmallows

17. Coloring

18. Lifting Weights

19. Cutting paper

20. Sack Race

21. Elfing Everyone

22. Wrapping the elf

23. Creating a banana minion

24. Laundry

25. Reading a book


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