20 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Toddlers

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20 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Toddlers

20 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Toddlers

Argh it’s that time of the year again. Elf on the Shelf. Love it or loathe it, there is no escaping it! Today we share with you 24 really simple ideas for your elf when it comes to toddlers. Tips, tricks, mayhem and mischief! It doesn’t have to be complicated, messy or expensive, especially when causing trouble for little ones.

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  1. Eating chocolate. This one is really easy. Simply have your elf tuck into your child’s chocolate or sweet stash.

elf stuffing his face with chocolate - elf on the shelf trick

2. Teddy bears picnic. Sit your elf with your teddies.

3. Decorating the Christmas tree. This is a simple idea that you can create in minutes and takes less time to tidy away.

elf on the shelf christmas tree tricks
4. Playing with toddler’s toys. This can be recreated many times over the 24 days. Alternate elf between different toys.

5. Have your elf rolling down the stairs! Picture courtesy of The Gingerbread House.

elf on the shelf rolling down the stairs

6. Books! Sit elf up reading a book.

lazy parents mum mom ideas for elf on the shelf reading

7. Wearing your child’s undies! A silly one that will no doubt cause giggles!

8. Brushing teeth and bathroom tricks.

elf on the shelf in the bathroom - tricks to play using toothpaste

9. Getting caught up in loo roll! Oh the fun you can have with toilet roll. Cheap and easy.

10. Hiding in mummy’s handbag! Image thanks to Paper Heart Family.

elf on the shelf hiding in mummys handbag - easy ideas for toddlers

11. Wearing your child’s shoes.

12. Making towers with Duplo/Lego/Mega Blocks. This one is super easy and takes minutes to set up.

elf on the shelf building towers using lego blocks

13. Eating breakfast. Have elf sitting downstairs ready for breakfast before your little one is up.

14. Making a track with a train set.

elf on the shelf making a train track

15. Cover your elf in stickers! This is super fun and super easy!

16. Have your elf draw your child a picture. Photo thanks to The Gingerbread House.

elf on the shelf drawing a picture for child

17. Get your elf to write your child a note.

18. Elf on the shelf fishing! Use a bowl of water or your pet’s bowl! Photo courtesy of Blissful Domestication.

elf on the shelf fishing ideas

19. Tea party. Host a tea party with all your child’s action figures, dolls, Happy Land people – the more the merrier!

20. Watching TV – so place your elf holding the remote control. Easy peasy. Image thanks to Paper Heart Family.

elf on the shelf ideas that are really simple and easy - such as holding the tv remote control

Well there we have it, 20 easy ideas for your elf on the shelf needs in December. Make sure you share your ideas with us over on social media too! Let’s see what those pesky elves get up to this year! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

And pin it for later and share with those parent friends who need some help and inspiration!

20 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Toddlers


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