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Ironing Out the Wrinkles

“Don’t mind me. Just ironing out a few wrinkles!” 


Materials:

  • Ruffled potato chips
  • Regular potato chips
  • Elf-sized ironing board and iron

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will find ruffled and regular potato chips.
  2. Next, they will set up their elf-sized ironing board and iron.
  3. Then the elf will get to work ironing out all the wrinkles on the ruffled chips!

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Gingerbread Elf Contest

Ready, set, DECORATE! 


Materials:

  • Pre-made gingerbread cookies or your favorite cookie dough
  • Cookie decorating items
  • Color printer
  • Card stock/copy paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. First, your Scout Elf will print, cut, and set out the printables.
  2. Next, they will prepare un-decorated gingerbread cookies.
  3. Then, the elf will lay out several cookie decorating items for you to use.
  4. Finally, you’ll race to see who can decorate the jolliest gingerbread people of all!

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Snowman Popcorn Cups

POP—goes the snowman! 


Materials:

  • Transparent drinking cups
  • Permanent markers
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Your favorite popcorn

Instructions:

  1. First, your Scout Elf will pop their favorite popcorn.
  2. Next, they will prepare the transparent drinking cups by drawing a snowman’s face on the front and adhering a small ribbon around each one like a scarf.
  3. Finally, they will pour in the popcorn for everyone to enjoy!

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Elf-cuterie Board

10/10 elves would recommend!


Materials:

  • Serving platter
  • Your favorite vegetable mix, meats, and cheeses
  • Hummus
  • Crackers

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will first wash the veggies and prepare the meats.
  2. Then they will arrange the food around the hummus to create a Scout Elf face!
  3. Lastly, they will serve up the perfect Christmas charcuterie board!

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Pudding Up the Decorations

We hope you’re ready to start pudding up the decorations.


Materials:

  • Your favorite pudding cups
  • Paper towel
  • Color printer
  • Card stock/copy paper
  • Printable

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will print and prepare the printable.
  2. Then the elf will pop open one of their favorite flavors of pudding and start eating (maybe with the help of an Elf Pet).
  3. Your Scout Elf might leave the Christmas decorations out to let you know it’s time to deck the halls and celebrate the season!

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Tucked into BreadTucked into Bread

Just taking a quick snooze… 


Materials:

  • Sliced bread
  • Plate
  • Color printer
  • Card stock/copy paper
  • Printable

Instructions:

  1. First, the Scout Elf will open a loaf of bread and remove a few pieces.
  2. Next, they will prepare the printable card with a silly message.
  3. Finally, they will tuck themselves between the slices of bread for a cozy rest.

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Veggie Christmas Tree

Don’t forget to eat your veggies!


Materials:

  • Broccoli
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Orange and yellow bell peppers
  • Pretzel rods
  • Serving platter or dish

Instructions:

  1. First, the Scout Elf will wash and prepare all the veggies.
  2. Next, they will arrange the broccoli into the shape of a Christmas tree and top with cherry tomatoes and bell peppers to look like decorations.
  3. Then they will top their tree with a yellow bell pepper!
  4. The Scout Elf will complete the idea with a pretzel rod for the tree trunk and serve it all up for you to enjoy!

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Donut Shop Pop-Up

Serving ’em up hot!


Materials:

  • Scout Elves at Play®Insta-moments Pop-up Donut Shop
  • Your favorite donuts.

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will unfold and set up the Insta-moments Pop-up Donut Shop.
  2. Then they will arrange your favorite doughnuts onto a plate and serve!

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Household Item Disguise

“I’ll ketchup with you later!”


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Cardstock/copy paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Instructions:

  1. The Scout Elf will print and cut out the printable disguises and message card.
  2. Next, they will choose one for dress-up and hide in the place where that household item would most likely be found!

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Spooky Snowmen Hot Cocoa Treats

Top off your Halloween hot cocoa with these spooky snowmen! 


Materials:

  • Your favorite hot cocoa
  • Large and medium-sized marshmallows
  • Orange and black icing
  • Toothpicks

Instructions:

  1. First, your Scout Elf will whip up your favorite hot cocoa recipe!
  2. Second, they will gather marshmallows and use black and orange icing to create spooooky snowmen faces on some while adding snowman arms to others.
  3. Third, they will use toothpicks to secure the marshmallows into stacked snowmen and then stand them up on a plate.
  4. Finally, they will use these spooky snowmen as adorable Halloween-themed hot cocoa toppers!

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ABCs Breakfast

Ready to eat your ABCs? 


Materials:

  • Apples
  • Bacon
  • Cream cheese and bagels
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Your favorite fruits
  • Printer
  • Card stock/copy paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. First, your Scout Elf will print, cut, and set out the sign announcing the ABCs breakfast!
  2. Then they will wash and prepare all the ‘A’pples and ‘F’ruit for the fruit salad.
  3. Next, they will cook the ‘B’acon, toast the bagels and spread with ‘C’ream cheese, and prepare the ‘E’ggs your favorite way!
  4. Then they will set out the milk, or ‘D’airy.
  5. Finally, they’ll enjoy this tasty ABCs breakfast with kids before their first day of school!

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Elf Pets Ice Cream

Materials:

  • Chocolate and vanilla ice cream
  • Ice cream cones
  • Oval cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Yellow sprinkles
  • Black icing
  • Fruit tape
  • Chocolate taffy

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will place three (one on each) scoops of ice cream onto sugar ice cream cones.
  2. Next, they will place pretzels on top of a chocolate scoop to look like reindeer antlers, oval shaped cookies on a vanilla scoop to look like Saint Bernard ears, and pointed cookie pieces on the second vanilla scoop to look like arctic fox ears.
  3. Then they will place black icing on each scoop to form a cute button nose and eyes.
  4. Lastly, your Scout Elf will use fruit tape and yellow icing to form Elf Pets collars and magic hearts.
  5. Your Scout Elf may add a flair of detail and form a Saint Bernard barrel from chocolate taffy and an Arctic Fox snow globe from a cookie!

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Red & Green Lemonade

Materials:

  • Pink lemonade powder
  • Lemons
  • Mint leaves
  • Watermelon slices

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will prepare the lemonade according to the instructions.
  2. They will add sliced lemons, mint leaves and watermelon wedges to decorate and enhance the flavor.

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Reindeer Sliders

Materials:

  • Hamburger patties
  • Buns
  • Your favorite slider toppings and condiments
  • Pretzels
  • Black olives
  • Sour cream

Instructions:

  1. First, your Scout Elf will lay out all of the slider toppings and buns.
  2. Next, they will grill the slider patties.
  3. Then the elf will put together the sliders according to how your family likes them!
  4. Finally, the Scout Elf will break pretzels in half and stick them in the top bun to look like reindeer antlers and use sour cream to attach black olive tips to look like eyes and a nose!

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Snowman Fruit Salad 

Materials:

  • Three watermelons
  • Blueberries
  • Melon baller
  • Twigs
  • Small top hat
  • Scarf

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will remove a thin slice from the side of each watermelon so it lays flat on the serving surface.
  2. Your elf will then carefully carve into the face-up side of two of the watermelons so they may scoop out the fruit with the melon baller.
  3. Once the melons are scooped down to the rind, your elf will pat dry the insides of the melon bowls before returning the melon balls and some blueberries to them.
  4. Your elf will use a few berries, halved, to form the snowman’s face atop the third watermelon.
  5. Finally, your Scout Elf will decorate the snowman with a scarf, top hat, and twigs!

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Dog Days of Summer Treat

It’s never a “ruff” life with these sweet treats! These all natural pupsicles are sweet enough for your pet AND for you to enjoy as well!


Materials:

  • Paw print freezer mold
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon pieces
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt (NO artificial sweetener)
  • Blender

Instructions:

  1. To begin, your Scout Elf will place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until everything is smooth and thoroughly combined.
  2. Next, they will pour the mixture into silicone molds of paw prints that look just like the Elf Pets Saint Bernard and freeze for at least 3 hours. They could even pour this mixture into regular popsicle molds for kids as well!
  3. Finally, your elf will transfer these frozen treats over to a zipper bag for storage so they can serve them up all summer long to your favorite pup!

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Feeling Lucky Flapjacks

St. Patrick's Day green pancake breakfast

Feeling lucky? Scout Elves are ready to bake!


Materials:

  • Your favorite pancake mix
  • Green food coloring
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will prepare the pancake mix according to directions and slowly stir in food coloring until the mix is the desired shade of St. Patrick’s Day green.
  2. Next, the elf will pour small scoops of batter onto a griddle and flip over each flapjack when it’s ready.
  3. Finally, your Scout Elf will top the finished flapjacks with sprinkles and whipped cream. Then they’ll wait for you to enjoy!

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Valentine’s Cookie Deco Party

Elf with heart cookies and decorating materials

Your Scout Elf learned from Mrs. Claus herself how to make the best holiday cookies! Who better than YOU to taste test their delicious edible love letters?


Materials:

  • Heart-shaped cookies, baked according to favorite recipe
  • Squeezable icing
  • Colored sugar, sprinkles and/or edible glitter

Instructions:

  1. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, your Scout Elf will bake a batch of heart-shaped sugar cookies.
  2. They’ll decorate the cookies with squeezy icing and colorful sprinkles. They’ll leave some for you to decorate, too!
  3. Then, your Scout Elf will wait for you to join them for a sweet snack!

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New Year’s Day Breakfast

No better way to “flip” the calendar to a new year than with a themed flapjack breakfast! Your Scout Elf will whip up this appetizing breakfast to begin a great year. 


Materials:

  • Pancakes prepared according to favorite recipe
  • Colored sugar and/or edible metallic sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. To celebrate the New Year, your elf will whip up four pancakes and cut them into number shapes.
  2. Your elf will decorate the pancakes with sparkly sprinkles. They’ll leave some for you to add too!
  3. Then, your elf will wait for you to join them for a fun breakfast to mark the start of a brand-new year.

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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

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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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Holiday Scramble

An eggcellent surprise from your Scout Elf! Festive stickers and Christmas doodles make the morning merrier when you open the fridge.


Materials:

  • Refrigerator
  • Carton of eggs
  • Markers
  • Christmas stickers

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will gather markers and/or Christmas stickers and decorate the eggshells in the refrigerator. Scout Elves are eggs-perts at funny scenes like this!

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