Elf on a Shelf Ideas

When recently in Disneyland, because it was so close to Christmas that also meant Elf on a Shelf time. My fellow travel agent, Alison, brought along her kid’s elves. She had the elves leave a note that they had stowed away in mom’s bag so that they could visit Disneyland. He kids LOVED it! Then the elves had a jolly ole’ time visiting the different characters and attracions.

Alison sent the pictures to the kids’ Ipad while she was still away and it was tons of fun! They rode on Pirates of the Caribbean, Small World, Under the Sea with Ariel, and so much more. They even saw Santa!

Last Christmas my youngest son finally figured out that Santa and the Elf on the Shelf weren’t real, so our days of trying to come up with ideas came to an end. It was a bit of a relief, really. So I thought, I’ll share some of the things we did over the years with ours, to help give you ideas. So here we go….

When he came back each year, he would bring a note and a marker that warned them he was back and ready for shenanigans! Our boys named their elf Frank. Frank was often up to no good, and found himself in trouble a lot.

Making their names out of letter blocks.

Racing cars on the track.

This was one of my boys’ favorite of all time. He made a trail of their underwear from their room to the dining room and hung it all over the ceiling fan. You know….boys….they think that stuff is hilarious.

Playing Connect Four with Buzz.

He toilet papered the Christmas tree….what a mess!

Elves have a sweet tooth. Drinkin syrup is normal, right?

Playing on the handheld Nintendo DS (technology has already come quite a way even since this picture. But you could do it with any hand held gaming device).

Getting into the cereal and making a mess….

Shaving cream message on the bathroom mirror!

Oops! He got stuck under a glass.

Snowball fight!!!! Or….mini marshmallow fight with all the action figures and other toys around the house. I’m not sure who’s winning.

He got stuck in the freezer trying to get cookies. He tried to keep warm with a washcloth.

Oh no, he got sick from the cold freezer, and had to stay in his tissue box bed for a few days while he recovered. That gave us a nice break from moving him around!

Communicating on the Walkie Talkie with….this guy. Whoever he is.

Hulk has lost control and tied him up to the train tracks, preparing to run him over with poor Thomas…an innocent bystander.

One of the boys lost a tooth. Frank stole the tooth pillow and took it to the other side of the house so he could try to figure out how to get the money out. Sneaky Frank!

He thought he’d try to make breakfast….by cooking candy corn.

Another breakfast attempt….ending up in just cutting up som poptarts. He’s not great with a knife. Maybe that’s a good thing.

He turned the milk green so that it would be elf milk.

He turned the bananas into minions. I’m not positive this one was a success. You may need really green bananas, because these bananas weren’t bruised prior to drawing on them. The marker turned them brown. But I’ve seen pictures where other people were succesful, so who knows.

Marshmallow bubble bath. Looks amazing to me, I need a human sized one!

We were taking too long to put the Christmas decorations up, and he was tired of waiting, so he got them out for us. But then got all tangled up.

Snowman donuts!

Trying to be a super stealthy spy, hanging from the ceiling.

Christmas bows all over the kitchen cabinets.

He thought it was real funny to give us all mustaches and draw on our picture. Good thing it was dry erase.

Darth Vadar trying to trap him in a Jenga prison.

He hid 10 candy canes around the house for the boys to find. They had a blast with that one, it was a huge hit!

All aboard the shoe – shoe train!

Since Darth Vadar was not successful in his attempt to trap Frank, he brought reinforcements a few nights later.

Frank tried to bring the boys a real snowman from the North Pole, but as you can see, it melted. Too bad.

Oh the life with boys…..they love bodily functions.

He brought them their favorite cream soda to drink that day!

Hijacking the grocery list. I don’t think we need any of these things, Frank….

Making Santa from mayo and ketchup. This picture is not mine. I did do this, but I don’t know what happened to my photos, so thank you to whomever this photo came from. Pinterest many years ago I believe.

Playing with the finger puppet nativity scene.

Drinking apple cider straight from the k-cup. Cause why not?

He got stuck waaaaaayyyy up high on the chandelier. How did he get up there?!

Jars are good for many things. Keeping smells in….and keeping smells out!

Built a tower and climbed to the top!

I saved my favorite two for last….First, he got turned to peppermint dust by Thanos.

And then…..turned to a block of ice by Elsa. Don’t worry, he’s survived and still lives, dethawed and all dried out, ready to cause mischeif in another house!

Published by Emily Trempe

I am a mom of 2 boys ages 11 and 14, and have been married to my wonderfully supportive husband, Brian for 14 years. I work full time in the billing department of a large opthamolgy practice in Michigan. I have not just a love for all things Disney that started from birth. My boys sometimes call it my Disney problem, but my husband and I fondly refer to it as my Disney passion. I have a side gig as a travel advisor. I can help plan almost any vacation, but as you can guess, I specialize in Disney and Universal.

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