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Download These 12 Free Elf on the Shelf Printables

Scout Elf ideas don’t have to be over the top and elaborate. If your family’s elf prefers the simple route, they can use these free downloadable elf-themed printables. See the ideas below featuring both interactive printables where families can participate in the idea and funny printables that will leave little ones giggling. Download the printables and follow the instructions for an easy elf scene your family will love.

Click each picture for full instructions for your Scout Elf.

Scout Elf Hopscotch

Elf sitting with hopscotch printable

You’ll wake to see your Scout Elf putting an elf-sized twist on traditional hopscotch. Good news…you can join the fun!

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Pennies
  • Optional items needed to complete the numbered challenges
    • Jump rope
    • Hat
    • T-shirt
    • Pants
    • Socks

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will toss a penny to land on a number and follow the instructions that match the corresponding number.
  3. When you wake, join them in a riveting round of hopscotch. Instructions for one, two, or more players, along with details for the corresponding challenges, can be found on the printable.

Pick Up the Pieces

Elf sitting with puzzle and printable note

Your Scout Elf started putting together a puzzle, but now, they need your help! Can you find the missing pieces?

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Puzzle

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will choose a puzzle to begin putting together.
  2. They will hide a specific number of pieces around a certain location in your home (living room, bedroom, Christmas tree, etc.)
  3. They will print and cut out the printable and then fill out the note, so when you wake you can help them find the remaining pieces needed to complete the puzzle.

Pin the Tail on the Elf Pets®

Get ready to play an old-fashioned game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey…or Elf Pets in this case! Your Scout Elf got started, but it looks like they could use some help.

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printables (one for each Elf Pet)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Mini bandana for your Scout Elf
  • Regular size bandana for you

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will tape one or multiple Elf Pets posters to the wall.
  3. They will tie a mini bandana around their eyes and then try to correctly pin the tail on the arctic fox, the antlers on the reindeer and the barrel on the St. Bernard’s collar.
  4. When you wake, it’ll be your turn to give it a spin!

Kudos, Kiddo!

Elf with 'Kudos, Kiddo!' printable and printable cash

While completing one of their most important duties—scouting for Santa—your elf spotted a kind deed and left behind a special note from the North Pole with elf dollars parents can use for a special reward!

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Pen

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will fill it in and check off if you were caught being “Nice,” “Nicer” or “Nicest!”

The Elf on the Shelf® Funhouse Mirror

Elf sitting in front of funhouse mirror printable

Your Scout Elf caught their reflection in the mirror…except it’s wild, wacky and wonky! These free printable funhouse mirrors will leave your elf doing a triple take.

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printables (one for each Scout Elf)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will set up the funhouse mirror and take a seat, checking out their goofy reflections.

Elf Pets® Movie Night

Elf and Elf Pets with triple feature DVD and printable 'Now Showing' Sign

Now showing: your favorite Christmas movies! Get ready for a popcorn-filled, cozy evening featuring the Elf Pets animated specials.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf is ready to cozy up for a movie night with you! They’ll print and cut out the printable, taping the corresponding “Now Showing” sign for tonight’s featured film.
  2. They’ll make sure your Elf Pets are ready to watch, too.
  3. Don’t forget the popcorn!

*Elf Pets animated specials also available for streaming on Netflix.

80s Style Scout Elf Shoot

Elf sitting with 80's style photoshoot printable

The outfit…the colors…the laser backdrop…your Scout Elf transported back in time for a silly 80s-inspired photoshoot. It’s, like, TOTALLY awesome!

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printables (one for each Scout Elf)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will tape their 80s-themed portrait to their favorite frame and pose next to it until you find them.

Today Let’s…Have Some Fun!

Elf with cookie baking ingredients and  printable card

Using this free, printable template, your Scout Elf left you a note: “Today Let’s…Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies!” The cookies may not last long, but the sweet memories will last forever.

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Optional items needed to bake chocolate chip cookies

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable sign, “Today Let’s…”
  2. They will fill it in with a fun activity you all can do together such as bake chocolate chip cookies, watch a Christmas movie, build a snowman, etc.

Stuck in a Bind

Elf stuck in window blinds with printable card

On their way back to you from the North Pole, your Scout Elf wound up in a sticky situation, and they left you this free printable poem to explain their predicament!

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Blinds, or another spot an elf could get “stuck”

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will find themselves tied up in the blinds, or some similar dilemma.
  2. They will print and cut out the poem to explain their mishap.

Best Friends Forever

Two elves sitting in tree with printable 'best friends' charm necklaces

Your Scout Elf doesn’t just have to be a seasonal visitor—they can be your best friend, too!

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • String

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will choose one (or multiple) charms and use tape and string to create necklaces.
  3. They will sport one half of the matching charm, and when you wake, you’ll find the other half of the matching charm for you!

Count Down to Christmas Bucket List

Elf eating bowl of marshmallows with printable bucket list card

The countdown is on…and your Scout Elf is not letting up on any of the fun leading up to Christmas. They created a bucket list of things to do before they leave!

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Optional items needed to complete the bucket list

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will get to work gathering items needed to complete their bucket list such as marshmallows, “snow,” craft items, etc.
  3. They will leave a pen, so you can fill in a few of your own ideas to complete their bucket list.

Scout Elf Solo

Elf with printable instruments and guitar case with chocolate chip 'tips'

It’ll be music to your ears when you wake to find your Scout Elf strumming their guitar. Do you have any chocolate to offer as a tip?

Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Small container to collect tips (ex: eyeglass case)
  • Chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will set up their musical instruments, signs and a container to collect tips.
  3. They will strum their favorite tunes and wait for you to tip them (in chocolate, of course)!

If printables are your style, download more Elf on the Shelf printables.

Before you or your elf get to work recreating any of these inspirational photos, be sure to read these safety warnings. Santa wants to make sure everyone stays safe!