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Pumpkin Elf on the Shelf

Your Scout Elf was playing in the pumpkin patch and created a look-alike friend. What a cute pair!


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue dots
  • Skewer
  • Pumpkin
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will paint a pumpkin red.
  2. They will print and cut out the printable.
  3. They will tape the arms, legs and collar onto the pumpkin.
  4. They will tape the head to a skewer, to help with stability, and poke the skewer into top of the pumpkin.
  5. They will sit on the shelf, next to their pumpkin elf look-alike.

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Christmas Color Wheel

Christmas Spirit is swirling with this red and green color wheel and magic trick all in one!


Materials:

  • Plate
  • Red and green coated candy
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will arrange a circle of red and green coated candy on a plate.
  2. They’ll leave a glass of water next to them, and when you find them, you can pour the water on the candy and watch the magical, red and green surprise!

Legal [General, 1, 4]

Find the Elf

Does your Scout Elf have 20/20 vision? They’ll find out when they search for the hidden elves and Elf Pets in these free printables. Then, it’ll be your turn to put your skills to the test!


Materials:

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

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They’ll see how keen their eyesight is when they search the printables for the hidden elves and Elf Pets.
  3. When you wake, you can give it a go!

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Count Down to Christmas Bucket List

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.

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Christmas Cookie Decorating Party

You’re invited to a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party with your Scout Elf! See the details on this free printable party invitation.


Materials:

  • Claus Couture Collection® Yummy Cookie PJs
  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Cookie sheet
  • Plain sugar cookies
  • Icing
  • Food coloring
  • Cookie toppings (ex: sprinkles, candy, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will put on their Yummy Cookie PJs.
  2. They will print and cut out the printable.
  3. They will fill in the invitation with all the party details.
  4. They will set up the necessary materials for cookie decorating and wait for you to join them for this special party!

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Indoor Christmas Camping

Your Scout Elf is ready to snuggle up in their Doodles and Dreams Sleeping Bag and camp out for the night by the Christmas tree!


Materials:

  • Claus Couture Collection® Doodles and Dreams Sleeping Bag
  • Printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Crayons/markers

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable.
  2. They will use crayons/markers to color and decorate the printable tent, fire and other camping props.
  3. They will fold the printable tent.
  4. They will get cozy in their Doodles and Dreams Sleeping Bag.
  5. They will enjoy a night of camping “under the Christmas lights.”

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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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Pin the Tail on the Elf Pets®

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
  • Printable(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.

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On the Menu

Do curious kiddos ever wonder what their Elf Pets eat? Now they’ll know, thanks to this dinner lesson from their Scout Elf.


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printables (one for each Elf Pet)
  • Scissors
  • Elf Pets®
  • Optional food to match each printable
    • Oats
    • Grapes
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Carrots
    • Herbs
    • Apples
    • Moss
    • Salmon
    • Puppy chow
    • Bone
    • Brown rice

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable for each Elf Pet.
  2. They will display the sign next to an assortment of food, so you can learn what an Elf Pet eats.

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Legal [General, 1, 2, 5]

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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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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Donut Delivery

Donut Delivery image

Sweet treats are always on the menu when your Scout Elf comes home. When they arrive for the season, they’ll plan a yummy breakfast so you “donut” have to worry about the season’s first meal.


Materials:

  • Color printer
  • Card stock/paper
  • Printable
  • Scissors
  • Plate
  • Donuts

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable sign.
  2. Then, they will prop it near a plate of delicious donuts for you to enjoy!

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Tic-Tac-Bow

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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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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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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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Christmas Movie Night Tips

Christmas Movie Night image

Lights, camera, action! Get ready for at-home movie night with your Scout Elf and Elf Pets. With this caddy filled with snacks, you’ll be ready to grab a blanket and tune in for showtime.


Materials:


Instructions:

  1. First, your elf will fill a snack caddy or bento box with your favorite movie snacks.
  2. Then, they will wrap your favorite Christmas movies or animated specials and store them in a bin.
  3. Finally, they will hang out with the Elf Pets® Reindeer until you find them. Together, you all can sit down for a cozy movie night!

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

Hidden Treat Hunt

Ready … set … go! The race is on to find a special gift your elf hid for you in this terrific treat hunt!

Materials:

  • Paper or plastic cups
  • Individually wrapped candies or treats
  • Message board or pen and paper

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will start by setting 10-20 cups upside down on the floor.
  2. Under one cup, your elf will leave small candies or treats.
  3. To encourage you to find their surprise, your elf will use a message board or pen and paper to leave a note that asks you to “Find the hidden treat.”
  4. Finally, your elf will sit by and watch you search for the sweets!

Legal [General, 1]

Christmas Around the Clock

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What time is it? Elf time! Your Scout Elf will transform a regular clock into a festive timepiece that replaces each hour with a fun activity. Time flies when you’re having fun…especially with your Scout Elf!


Materials:

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

Instructions:

  1. Your elf will print and cut out the printable, featuring different “times” or activities.
  2. Then, they will tape the cutouts to a wall clock and wait for you to find them and discover the activities!

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How to Floss

How to Floss image

Your Scout Elf heard about a dance called the “floss,” so they decided to try it out. No toothbrush or toothpaste required!


Materials:

  • Dental floss
  • Note

Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will find themselves twisted and tangled in dental floss.
  2. They’ll leave you a note asking, “Is this how you do the ‘FLOSS’?”

Legal [General, 2, 4]

It’s a Secret SnoPrize!

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You’re in for a snowy surprise with this cool new toy that your Scout Elf will bring! Which secret friend will make a guest appearance?


Materials:


Instructions:

  1. Your Scout Elf will bring with them a novelty snow globe.
  2. When you find them, they’ll watch as you pour water on the snow to reveal a mini surprise!

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Disconnect to Reconnect

Materials:

  • Large container (Fishbowl, shoebox, vase etc.)
  • Paper
  • Pen

Instructions:

  1. Turn off, tune out and focus in on spending quality time with loved ones. Your elf will see to this by instilling a strict no electronics zone that inspires family members to put cellphones, tablets and computers aside. All your elf needs is paper and pen to create a sign and a place to store the gadgets to get rid of them for an hour, day, week, or however long your elf decides!

Legal [General, 8]

Wheel of Good Fortune

Sugar and spice and everything nice! Your Scout Elf will set kind deeds in motion with this free printable that encourages little ones to partake in simple acts of kindness.

Materials:


Instructions:

  1. First, your elf will print and cut out the printable kind deed wheel.
  2. Next, they will use a brad to fasten the arrow to the wheel, leaving a small space between the brad and the paper to ensure a good spin.
  3. Your elf will sit next to the wheel and wait for you to give it a spin to see what kind deed you can do today.
  4. Bonus: Elves love reporting kids’ kind deeds to Santa, and they may bring the wheel back more than once for kids to spin again!

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