• Tracy Tristram

Elf on the Shelf ideas for 2020: Part I

Updated: Dec 3, 2020


Elf on the Shelf

Okay, so while we were hoping that perhaps the Elf on the Shelf might not be putting in an appearance this year what with him having to self-isolate, our guilt has got the better of us and we've decided to be less Grinch and more tolerant when it comes to that creepy little doll us parents love to hate. Sigh. Anyhoo: the kids love him, so we've been thinking about a whole heap of fun ideas for Elf on the Shelf 2020, starting with these 12 that will see you through the first half of advent, and after that we've got our Elf on the Shelf Part II to help you continue the mischief making with.


1. Quarantine

Elf on the Shelf ideas
Photography: Mama Cheap

If the Elf is going to be sharing your home, then he needs to be self-iso ready! Pop a mask on him and pose him next to a letter (download it here) telling the kiddos not to be such icky little oiks and to wash their hands. These fun printables by Mama Cheap are cool too.


2. Baking

Elf on the Shelf ideas
Photography: Elf on the Shelf via Instagram

Everyone loves a bit of Xmas baking, Elf included! Plus we're always looking for an excuse to break out the googly eyes.


3. Board games


Dust off a board game and set it up with for your Elf on the Shelf to play: Scrabble is a good one to plump for as the kids do love it when their Elf pops a few rude (but not too rude) words on there!


4. Banana Minions

Elf on the Shelf ideas
Photography: Fancy Shanty via Pinterest

Your little Minions will adore waking up to find their Elf on the Shelf has turned your bananas into their fave Minions characters.


5. The Floor is Lava

Elf on the shelf ideas
Photography via Pinterest: credit unknown

Our kids are big fans of this game, so set up your Elf in his own version of the Floor is Lava


6. Reindeer poop

Elf on the Shelf ideas
Photography: Mama Cheaps

How cool-Yule is this little set-up by Mama Cheaps? Plus it includes a free printable: win, win. Fact: kids are endlessly amused by poop. Sigh.


7. Snow angel


IF you have flour to spare right now (we're hoping with the latest lockdown this and loo rolls won't fly off the sh-elves like they did last time), then set up your Elf on a kitchen surface, and create a snow angel. If you're all out of flour, then sugar or even hundreds-and-thousands will do the trick.


8. Present wrapping

Elf on the shelf ideas
Photography: Elf on the Shelf via Facebook

Let your Elf help you with the present wrapping this year... he should be pretty good at it what with being an elf and all...


9. Hostage!

Elf on the Shelf ideas
Photography: Kenton Library

While us parents might like to permanently tie up the Elf so we don't have to move him ever again, we know the kids will love an Elf on the Shelf hostage situation, like this one by Kenton Library.


10. Hide and seek


Hide your Elf somewhere and leave a trail of clues for the kids to track him down with. Don't be tempted to hide him so he can never be found again, mind...


11. Balloon ride

Elf on the Shelf ideas
Photography: Elf on the Shelf via Facebook

Head over to the Elf on the Shelf store to buy this fun hot air balloon kit (£12.95) that will lift the kids spirits up, up and away when they see it.


12. Burrito

Elf on the shelf ideas
Photography: advent.elf via Instagram

Perfect for a Tuesday during advent (who doesn't love Taco Tuesday?), wrap your Elf up Burrito style!


Right, you're all set for the first 12 days of advent, and don't forget to also read our Elf on the Shelf Ideas Part II for extra fun and games! Good luck, parents and give yours-elves a pat on the back for putting in the festive feels, even if that darn Elf is unimaginably annoying.


Top image: Elf on the Shelf via Facebook


Enjoy this read? Here are some more you might find useful:


Elf on the Shelf Part II

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Where to buy fir-tastic Xmas trees in London

Where to find Santa in London this year

DIY Xmas cards to make with the kids

Homemade hot choccie recipes we love

Board game ideas to put on the Xmas list

DIY Christmas advent calendars

Countdown to Xmas with these 24 festive flicks


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