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MagiFreez® Holiday Hipster

This special MagiFreez® design gives Scout Elves super standing power to create elf scenes that rise above the rest! Look at the coolest elf on the block! This snazzy set comes with special pants and shoes that make your Scout Elf stand tall with Christmas spirit. The matching scarf and glasses provide perfectly festive fittings for the season. Standing is a snap with MagiFreez®!


Legal [General, 2, 7]

Claus Couture Collection® Snowflake Skirt & Scarf

Yummy Cookie PJs

Introducing: Claus Couture Collection® Yummy Cookie Pjs! Wake up to sweet treats! This cozy breakfast-themed set will delight your Scout Elf and make each morning merrier.


Materials:

  • Cozy green and blue top with cookie themed graphic
  • Blue full-length pant with festive cookie and dot pattern

Instructions:

  1. To purchase, visit Santa's Store at: shop.elfontheshelf.com

Magical Candy Portal

Your Scout Elf set up a mystical North Pole portal and out popped an array of sweets! Oh my!


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Tape
  • Candy

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will cut out the circle in the middle of the portal and insert an empty toilet paper roll in the hole.
  3. They will tape the circle back on the toilet paper roll.
  4. They will fill the toilet paper roll with enough candy to pour out of the center of the portal.

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Legal [General, 1, 2, 5, 7]

Stuck in a Bind

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.

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Legal [General, 2, 9]

Elf Pets® Movie Night

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

Shop this Idea

Legal [General, 2]

Present Pop-Up

Peek-a-boo! You’ll find your Scout Elf waiting to surprise you in a present.


Materials:

  • Present

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will hide in a present and jump out just in time for you to find them. Pop goes the Scout Elf!

Legal [General]

Up, Up and Away

It’s time for your Scout Elf to take off after a wonderful season spent with you! They’ll say, “Toodle-loo” while hanging on to a bunch of balloons.


Materials:

  • Balloons
  • Tape
  • String

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will blow up several balloons and tie them to strings.
  2. They will tape the balloons to the wall, then wrap the strings around one hand to hang from them, so they don’t fly too far away before you can say goodbye!

Legal [General, 1, 2]

Today Let’s…Have Some Fun!

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.

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Legal [General, 5]

The Elf on the Shelf® Arrival Letter Board

Your Scout Elf is back for the Christmas season, and they’re so thankful! They brought this free printable letter board to show their excitement.


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printables (multiple messages)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They’ll pose next to their letter board and wait for you to see their message.

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Legal [General, 2]

Frosty Farewell

Your Scout Elf departed with Santa, but not before leaving a frosty farewell display on the window for you to find!


Materials:

  • Printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Spray snow

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will use spray snow to spray their outline, so you can see where they departed to follow Santa.

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Legal [General, 2]

80s Style Scout Elf Shoot

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


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable (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.

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Legal [General, 2]

Get Well Soon

Your Scout Elf had a minor accident, and Santa gave them a Get Well Soon card. They have another card for you, too, in case you’re feeling under the weather!


Materials:


Instructions:

  1. Your elf will put on their Elf Care Kit.
  2. They will print and cut out the printable cards, one for them and one for you!
  3. They will wait for you to find them and read your Get Well Card. Then, you all can rest up together.

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Legal [General, 2]

Special Delivery to Santa

It’s that time again…your Scout Elf printed this special packing slip to show they’re ready for their flight back to the North Pole!


Materials:

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

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will fold it around themself and tape it together.
  3. You can wish them safe travels before they return to Santa featuring their special packing slip.

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Legal [General, 2]

On a Roll

Let the good times roll! Your Scout Elf is ready for a ride using one common household item—toilet paper.


Materials:

  • Toilet paper

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will squeeze in a roll of toilet paper and see how far they can travel. They may have a little help from their Elf Pets friend!

Adopt an Elf Pets® Reindeer

Legal [General]

Sofa Search

Mystery awaits when your Scout Elf searches the sofa to see what treasures they find!


Materials:

  • Sofa
  • Coins
  • Candy
  • Buttons
  • Miscellaneous toys/objects

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will look under sofa cushions for forgotten tidbits—coins, candy, buttons—it's sure to be a surprise!

Legal [General, 1, 7]

Candy Rock Climb

Who doesn’t love a challenge…especially when it involves candy?! Your Scout Elf scaled this candy climb…and they may have snuck in a sweet treat along the way.


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Tape/glue dots
  • Gummy bears

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will set up for their climb by attaching gummy bears to a wall or window using tape or glue dots.
  2. They will print and cut out the printable sign and trophy.
  3. They will scale the candy climb, trying not to eat too many gummy bears before reaching the top.
  4. They will celebrate their victory and wait for you to wake to see them!

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Legal [General, 1, 2, 5, 9]

Best Friends Forever

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!

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Legal [General, 2,4]

Halloween Greetings

Happy Halloween from your North Pole friends! Your Scout Elf and Elf Pets love to celebrate every holiday, so they’ve joined you for a surprise visit and brought along a very special message.


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Halloween décor

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will surprise you by hiding among the Halloween décor with their Halloween greeting card nearby.

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Legal [General, 1, 2, 5, 7, 8]

Scout Elf Hopscotch

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.

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Legal [General, 2]

The Elf on the Shelf® Arrival Crossword

Your Scout Elf is pumped to be home for the holidays! They’ve spelled out their excitement for you letter by letter.


Materials:

  • Printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will arrange the letter tiles to spell out the words as seen in the example image, or they will create their own arrangement using the various printable phrases.
  3. They will wait for you to find their creative crossword, showcasing their excitement to be home!

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Legal [General, 2]

TP Christmas Tree

Leave it to your Scout Elf to turn a simple toilet paper stack-up into snazzy Christmas décor. The more sparkle, the better!


Materials:

  • Toilet paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Miniature Christmas lights/ornaments

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will stack six rolls of toilet paper into a pyramid shape.
  2. They will decorate the TP tree with miniature Christmas lights and ornaments.
  3. They’ll add a finishing touch by taping a star cut out of yellow construction paper to the top of the tree.

Legal [General, 3, 8]