The 2021 Elf on the Shelf Ideas Calendar has over 25 days of funny and easy activities for your elf on printable sheets, from arrival to Christmas Eve – includes calendar, supply list, instructions, and even a blank note template!
Alright, Elf on the Shelf helpers…I've got a fun printable set for you today!
Now I know that some of us have to help our elves out every once in awhile, and sometimes it can be hard to think of funny, easy ideas for your mischievous elf. What seems like a million years ago, I published a post about some of my Elf ideas, but it's way easier to have a printable elf on the shelf ideas calendar to refer to throughout the season. I've made a full elf on the shelf ideas calendar to look at throughout the Christmas season for you today! All you'll need to do is make sure you have the easy list of supplies on hand (most of which are probably already in your home) and help your elf out as needed.
It all starts with the elf on the shelf ideas calendar. This is an easy reference point to show you what to do every day with your elf. In my house, our elf (named Eddie) starts visiting on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but I know a lot of elves don't come back until December 1st – so I erred on the side of caution and made the list for a full 29 days, from Thanksgiving to Christmas. You can always adjust as needed for your elf.
From there, you can refer to the instruction sheet in the printable pack that briefly explains each activity and has a short supply list for each day.
For easy reference, I've also copied the info you'll get in the above printable below…
- Day 1 (11/26) – Welcome Back Breakfast – Decorate your table with a Christmas-themed tablecloth, plates, cups, centerpiece and have a fun breakfast with your elf! Elf can bring a sweet breakfast treat (donuts, muffins, cereal, etc.). (Supplies Needed: Christmas centerpiece, tablecloth, plates, cups, sweet breakfast treat)
- Day 2 (11/27) – Draw on pictures with dry erase markers – Make silly faces on your framed pictures with dry erase markers. You can add eyebrows, hats, ears, sunglasses, clown noses, etc. (Supplies Needed: Dry erase markers)
- Day 3 (11/28) – Ziplining – Use a long piece of string and a coat hanger; tie piece of string to 2 higher places 6-10 feet from each other and have elf hang onto coat hanger to zipline across. (Supplies Needed: 8-10 foot piece of string, coat hanger)
- Day 4 (11/29) – Go Goldfishing – Tie a short piece of string to the end of a toothpick or cotton swab. Fill a bowl with Goldfish crackers and have elf fish with the fishing pole you made. (Supplies Needed: Toothpick or cotton swab, short piece of string, Goldfish crackers)
- Day 5 (11/30) – Dye the milk/juice green – Use green food coloring to dye the milk or juice in the fridge! (Supplies Needed: Green food coloring)
- Day 6 (12/1) – Candy Cane Hunt – Hide a pack of candy canes throughout the house; have elf sit in empty candy cane box with a note to find them. (Supplies Needed: Box of candy canes, note)
- Day 7 (12/2) – Snowball fight – Ball up 10-12 pieces of toilet tissue and make a note for kids to have a snowball fight with them. (Supplies Needed: Toilet tissue)
- Day 8 (12/3) – Flour snow angel – Spread flour on a a cookie sheet and use the elf to make a snow angel. (Supplies Needed: Cookie sheet, flour (sprinkles work too!))
- Day 9 (12/4) – Doll tea party – Have a few dolls set up to have a tea party with your elf. (Supplies Needed: Tea party set, 3-4 dolls)
- Day 10 (12/5) – Hide in the fridge – Wrap your elf up in “blankets” (kitchen towels) and hide in the door of the fridge. (Supplies Needed: Kitchen towels)
- Day 11 (12/6) – Toilet paper the christmas tree – Cover your Christmas tree in toilet paper! (Supplies Needed: Roll of toilet paper)
- Day 12 (12/7) – “Roast” Marshmallows – Put a marshmallow through a toothpick and have elf pretend to roast over an unlit candle. You can also use a battery-powered tealight. (Supplies Needed: Marshmallow, toothpick, candle or battery tealight)
- Day 13 (12/8) – Flossing – Elves can be cool too! Wrap your elf in dental floss with a note that says “is this how you floss?” (Supplies Needed: Dental floss, note)
- Day 14 (12/9) – Wrapped under the tree – Wrap your elf (sloppily) in wrapping paper, with tape lying nearby. (Supplies Needed: Wrapping paper, tape)
- Day 15 (12/10) – Faces on bananas or eggs – Use a sharpie to draw silly faces on your bananas or eggs! (Supplies Needed: Sharpie, bananas or eggs)
- Day 16 (12/11) – Take a marshmallow bath – Have your elf bathe in a bowl of marshmallows. (Supplies Needed: Mini marshmallows, bowl)
- Day 17 (12/12) – Drink syrup with a straw – Stick a straw in your bottle of syrup and have the elf positioned to sip out of it. (Supplies Needed: Bottle of syrup, straw)
- Day 18 (12/13) – Coloring book – Have your elf coloring way outside of the lines in your kids’ favorite coloring book. (Supplies Needed: Crayons, coloring book)
- Day 19 (12/14) – Make a cake – Hide your elf in the mixer, or holding a whisk, with a box of cake mix and a note that says “make me!” (Supplies Needed: Mixer or whisk, box of cake mix)
- Day 20 (12/15) – Trail of socks – Have a trail of socks leading up to your elf hanging out of a stocking. (Supplies Needed: Socks, stocking hung)
- Day 21 (12/16) – Bows on cabinets – Use stick-on bows to decorate the cabinets in your kitchen (Supplies Needed: 1 bag stick-on bows)
- Day 22 (12/17) – Spell with cereal – Spell out a message to the kids with pieces of cereal. (Supplies Needed: 1 box cereal)
- Day 23 (12/18) – Taped to a cabinet – Use painters/masking tape to tape your elf’s arms/legs to a cabinet, with their favorite doll or action figure holding the roll of tape nearby. (Supplies Needed: Roll of masking/painter’s tape, doll or action figure)
- Day 24 (12/19) – Flew into tree – Have your elf hang onto a toy plane (or paper plane) and “crash” into the Christmas tree. (Supplies Needed: Toy/paper plane, Christmas tree)
- Day 25 (12/20) – Board game – Have your elf playing a family favorite board game or doing a puzzle. (Supplies Needed: Board game or puzzle)
- Day 26 (12/21) – “Cooking” candy – Put some candy in a frying pan and have the elf “cooking” with a spatula. (Please, oh please, don't turn your stove on – not responsible for burnt candy in your house.) (Supplies Needed: candy, frying pan, spatula)
- Day 27 (12/22) – Toilet paper snowflakes – Pull out the toilet paper roll a little bit and cut snowflake patterns into it. Have elf holding scissors (be cautious about having these out around young kids though!). (Supplies Needed: Toilet paper, scissors)
- Day 28 (12/23) – Wrapping paper legs – Put your elf’s legs into 2 rolls of wrapping paper and put other end of rolls into shoes to look like long legs. (Supplies Needed: 2 rolls wrapping paper, shoes)
- Day 29 (12/24) – Farewell note – Write your kids a sweet/funny note from the elf on his last day! (Supplies Needed: Note)
And, just to make everything super easy, I included a quick reference supply list to make sure you have everything on hand before the holiday season even starts. I'm going to guess you're probably like me and have 95% of this in your house already.
Throughout the ideas calendar, I reference needing a note a few times – I've even got you covered in that department! I made this cute “official” elf note template you can use for the notes from your elf.
I hope this collection of printables make it super easy to help your elf out this holiday season! To download this set, simply subscribe to the Lamberts Lately newsletter – it's free to sign up. Use the form below to register – you'll get download instructions in your email shortly after.
Merry Christmas, everyone! May your elf be mischievous and bring lots of fun to your home this year. 🙂
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