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10 High Impact Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Lazy Mums

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 11.14.46 pmOkay, its mid month and what may have started as a wonderful, whimsical game is starting to really freaking drag. Rest assured follow Mumma you are not the only one who’s growing tired of thinking of what to do next with the little curse mate in the red suit.

Here’s a round-up of our favourite easy Elf on the Shelf ideas that are big on impact but low on effort, perfect for closing off the last week and a half before <insert your Elf’s name here> flies off to the North Pole again for 11 blissful Elf-free months. There’s no elaborate crafting or printables required, just some simple ideas you can pull off quicker than you can say “Aaaaargh I forgot the Elf!!” (If you have forgotten see this list of plausible reasons why “The Elf Didn’t Move”)

Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas:

The Cheeky Elf in the Fruit Bowl

What you’ll need: the family fruit bowl and a sharpie marker.
Takes: 25 seconds.

Easy Elf on The Shelf Ideas
The Elf Snoozing in the Tissue Box

What you’ll need: A box of family tissues.
Takes: 60 seconds.

Easy Elf On The Shelf Ideas - Tissue Box Bed
The Oh-o Elfie got caught in the Dryer

What you’ll need: The dryer full of clean dry clothes
Takes: 5 seconds
Bonus: You don’t have to fold that washing until tomorrow night because, you know, “Elf Magic” Reference.

Quick SImple Elf On The Shelf Ideas - Throw Him In THe Dryer
The “Oh No the Elf is Sick” in the Salad Bowl

(*Especially good if you suspect little people may have been touching him)
What you need: A bowl, the box from the kids medicine, a syringe, a washer and a few scrunched up tissues
Takes: Two minutes

Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Poorly Elf

The “Hanging in the Freezer with an ice block Elf”

What you need: Packet of ice blocks, tissue, scissors
Takes: 25 seconds
Bonus: Someone will have to eat the other half of that ice block Mum, may as well be you…

Easy Elf On The Shelf Ideas - Elf on THe Freezer Shelf

The Elf reading a nature book with his farm animal friends

What you need: Some farm animals (or stuffed toys, barbies etc) from around the house, a book
Takes: 90 seconds

Fast Elf on The Shelf Ideas - Story Time With TOys

The ‘Elf In the Drinking Glass”

What you need: A drinking glass
Takes: 5 seconds

Easy Elf On THe Shelf Ideas - Elf in a Cup
The creative Elf was doing some colouring in

What you need: colouring book, crayons
Takes: two minutes (don’t forget to do a bit of the colouring for the Elf!)

Fun Elf On THe Shelf Ideas - Elf Colouring
The Elf Pumping Iron

What you need: a tooth pick & two marshmallows
Takes: 40 seconds
Bonus: nice little treat for with your pre-bedtime cup of tea Mum!

High IMpact But Simple EOTS Ideas - Pumping Iron

The Naughty Elf Made Your Kid Into Rudolph Trick!

What you need: red texta and a piece of paper (a steady hand to not wake your child while you make their nose red!)
Takes: Three minutes

Smart Elf on The Shelf Ideas

If your Elf on The Shelf forgets to move altogether – then we have you covered with some handy excuses.

Happy Elfing! You’re on the downhill slide now Mummy, stay strong – not many sleeps to go! What’s your easy but effective Elf on the Shelf idea? 

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