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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]

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]

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]

Instant Memories

Before they head back to the North Pole, your Scout Elf left behind keepsake photos for you to remember their elfventures from this season!


Materials:


Instructions:

  1. Your elf will prepare for this setup by taking pictures of their elf ideas leading up to Christmas.
  2. To execute this idea, your elf will print out the photos they’ve been collecting.
  3. Then, they’ll print and cut out the printable.
  4. They will tape the frames around the snapshots.
  5. After, they will use clothespins to clip the pictures to a string.
  6. Lastly, they’ll hang on the Holiday Hook among the sweet photo keepsakes.

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Legal [General, 2, 4]

Taco Tuesday

It’s Taco Tuesday, AKA the best dinner night of the week, and your Scout Elf is ready to chow down on a scrumptious meal. They even have a chocolate taco for dessert!


Materials:

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

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. Following the instructions, they will set up the taco truck, menu, signs and other décor.
  3. They will take a bite out of a taco and wait for you to join them for your own fantasTACO Tuesday dinner!

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Legal [General, 2]

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]

Scout Elf Solo

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)!

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Legal [General, 1, 7]

Sweet Dive!

Elf diving into candy bucket

It’s the *candiest* time of year, so it’s no surprise your Scout Elf is ready to dive into the celebrations with a special Halloween visit!


Materials:

  • Halloween bucket
  • Halloween candy

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf spied the Halloween candy…it won’t be long before they perform a sweet dive, snagging some sweet treats along the way!

Legal [General, 1, 5, 7]

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]

Pom-Pom Ball Pit

Your Scout Elf will make a splash when they jump in this pom-pom ball pit. What a colorful explosion!


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Assortment of pom-poms (different sizes and colors)
  • Stack of presents (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will fill a bowl with an assortment of pom-poms.
  2. They will print and cut out the printable Ball Pit sign and display it.
  3. Then, they will climb atop a stack of presents and jump in the pit. Did someone say cannonball?!

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Legal [General, 1, 2, 7]

Oh Me, Oh My…Oh Mummy!

It’s time to get wrapping…Halloween style! While your Scout Elf is home for a special Halloween visit, they mummified some furry friends.


Materials:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Toilet paper
  • Glue dots (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will wrap toilet paper around your stuffed animals, turning them into mummies just in time for Halloween!
  2. They may use glue dots along the way to keep the toilet paper in place.

Legal [General, 1, 7]

Dreidel Fun!

Submitted by Holly


Scout Elf To-Do List

Scout Elf To-Do List image

Santa’s not the only one keeping a list! Your Scout Elf will keep a pencil and paper handy to make sure they’re keeping up with their responsibilities, too! Call Santa? Check. Wrap presents? Check.


Materials:

  • Mini paper
  • Mini pencil

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will find a comfortable place to sit, maybe on presents they finished wrapping like this Scout Elf.
  2. They will get out paper and pencil, creating a to-do list and checking it off as they go!

Legal [General, 2, 6]

Printable Christmas Activities

Printable Christmas Activities image

Color however you feel inspired to with these free and fun printable Christmas activities! Your family and friends can join in on the fun and complete together.


Materials:

  • Printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Coloring pencils

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print the Christmas activity sheets and cut out the mini versions for themself.
  2. They will leave the sheets next to them and wait for you to find them, so you all can color or fill in the activity sheets together.

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Legal [General, 2, 6]

Tic-Tac-Bow

Tic-Tac-Bow image

Have you ever played a game of tic-tac-toe Christmas style? With this holiday-inspired set up by your Scout Elf, now you can! Who will win?


Materials:

  • Washi tape
  • Two different colored gift bows
  • Tape

Instructions:

  1. First, your elf will use washi tape to create a tic-tac-toe board.
  2. Then, they will choose one colored gift bow and tape it to a spot on the board.
  3. When you find them, it’ll be your turn!

Legal [General, 7]

The Star of the Show…Elf Joe!

The Star of the Show...Elf Joe! image

Scout Elf Joe is the North Pole’s greatest #elfluencer and dare we say the most popular elf at the North Pole! He has quite the fanbase, including your Scout Elf! They’ll set up a poster and don a matching monocle and mustache to get ready for showtime.


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Miniature or regular-sized cup of cocoa
  • Phone, computer or other device to watch the Cocoa with Joe show

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will set up the Cocoa with Joe poster.
  3. Then, they will grab a mug of cocoa.
  4. Finally, they will don their matching monocle and mustache while tuning into Cocoa with Joe on The Elf on the Shelf’s YouTube channel.

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Legal [General, 1, 5]

Scout Elf Snow Angel

Scout Elf Snow Angel image

It’s marshmallow mayhem, and your Scout Elf is loving it. Now, they can make the perfect “snow angel!”


Materials:

  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will scatter many marshmallows on the counter, hop in the pile and begin making a snow angel!

Legal [General, 1, 5]

Scout Elf Day Trip

Scout Elf Day Trip image

Lucky you! Santa has given permission for you to carry your Scout Elf around for the day, thanks to this special day trip pass.


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Large, clear jar

Instructions:

  1. First, your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will leave the special day trip pass note next to a large, clear jar they will be seated in.
  3. For the day, you will be able to carry your Scout Elf with you wherever you go. How cool!

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Legal [General, 2, 7, 8]

Baking “Brown-E’s”

Baking “Brown-E’s” image

This is the easiest batch of brownies ever! Your punny Scout Elf isn’t gathering flour, sugar and cocoa; they’re crafting “Brown-E’s,” sure to get laughs from little ones!


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Bowl

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. Then, they will whip up the batch of Brown-E's, by displaying the printable brown letters on a baking sheet. Yummy? Funny!

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Legal [General, 2, 7, 8]

Zipping through December

Zipping Through December image

December 25th can’t come fast enough! Your Scout Elf will set up a mini zipline adventure to zip toward Christmas!


Materials:

  • Plushee Pals® Mini Clip-ons
  • String
  • Two self-adhesive hooks

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will tie string to two self-adhesive hooks.
  2. Then, they will clip on the mini Plushee Pals® for a fun ride across a zipline!

Legal [General, 2, 7]

Scout Elf Ski Trip

Scout Elf Ski Trip image

It’s time to shred the slopes! Packed with the necessary equipment and accessories, this play set will leave your elf ready for a day full of fun in the snow.


Materials:


Instructions:

  1. Your elf will unpack the Snow Play Set, put on their boots, skis and goggles, spread out the snow and get ready for a day full of snowy adventures.

Legal [General, 1, 2]

Oh, Snowman Tree!

Oh, Snowman Tree! image

Is this how you decorate a Christmas tree? Your Scout Elf skipped the ornaments and used toilet paper instead to transform the Christmas tree into a snowman. “Snow” silly!


Materials:

  • Toilet paper
  • Black, white and orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will use toilet paper to wrap your Christmas tree.
  2. Then, they will cut a black hat, an orange nose and circles for eyes and a mouth out of construction paper.
  3. They will tape the finishing touches onto the Christmas tree turned snowman!

Legal [General, 2]

Candy Cane Garden

Candy Cane Garden image

Your Scout Elf has a green “Christmas” thumb. With a little watering and patience, they will grow full-size candy canes!


Materials:

  • Soft peppermint candies
  • Mini and full-sized candy canes
  • Small bucket or cup
  • Crushed chocolate cookies
  • Mini watering tin

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will tend to a candy cane garden. First, they will plant soft peppermint candies in crushed chocolate cookies (dirt) and water them with a mini watering tin.
  2. Soon, the soft peppermint candies will grow into mini candy canes before finally reaching full-sized candy canes!

Legal [General, 1, 5, 7]

Spitting Image

Spitting Image image

Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest Scout Elf of them all? Kids will love looking like a Scout Elf when they spot their reflection in the mirror!


Materials:

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

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the Scout Elf hat and collar.
  2. They will tape it to a mirror and wait nearby for you to spot your reflection. In no time, you’ll look like your favorite seasonal visitor!

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Legal [General, 2, 7, 8]