It’s Elf on the Shelf time and one of my favorite times of the year! It can be a struggle to come up with new ideas, so I thought I’d make a list to help all of us brainstorm when it’s time to be on our elf game. As moms, our time is limited, but my kids love this tradition. I plan on keeping it alive with these Elf on the Shelf ideas for moms with no time.

50 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas (For Busy Moms)- Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas to do this year!

I recently put together a fun Elf on the Shelf welcome breakfast, that the boys really LOVE! And, when you’re too busy to remember to move the shelf, here’s 15 reasons why your Elf didn’t move! 

And just in case you do remember to move the elf, here’s 10 last minute Elf on the Shelf ideas to check out as well!

Check out my NEWEST Elf on the Shelf post- Simple Elf on the Shelf Ideas that are straight to the point! 

So, on to 50 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Busy Moms!

50 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas (For Busy Moms) & Printable

1. Put your Elf upside down in a bag of chocolate.
2. Elf on the Shelf stays up late watching a movie and eating popcorn.
3. Your Elf is sick in bed with a thermometer and the whole nine yards.
4. Elfie puts up a barrier so your kids can’t get out of their room.
5. The elf gets caught making a zip line from the top of the stairs to the bottom.
6. Elf is waiting in the car all buckled up and ready to go!
7. Elf gets caught with his hands in the cookie jar.

50 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas (For Busy Moms)- Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas to do this year!

8. Elf stays up late having cookies and milk, but falls asleep in the process.
9. Elf reminds the children of the house to BE GOOD by spelling it out with M&Ms.
10. Elf gets caught fishing for goldfish in the kids’ bathroom.
11. Elf gets tied up by the other toys in the house for talking too much.
12. Elf gets caught leaving a nice note for the family. He’s really trying to be nice!
13. Elf stayed up late having a tea party with the “ladies” of the house.
14. Elf leaves a message on the bathroom mirror.
15. Make a road out of tape in your house and allow your Elf to take a little spin.
16. Elf on the Shelf gets caught toilet papering the house.

50 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas (For Busy Moms)- Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas to do this year!

17. Elf on the Shelf gets caught red handed watching the movie “Elf.”
18. Elf gets busy placing stickers all over the house in places they shouldn’t be.
19. Elf gets caught building something with blocks.
20. Elf has a hay day swinging on the Christmas tree and knocking off ornaments.
21. Elf decided to have a drink, so he sticks a straw in a bottle of syrup. Yum.
22. Elf takes a ride on the family toy train.
23. Elf gets caught trying to do something nice for someone in the family.
24. Elf hides the keys to try and make everyone late— sends the family on a scavenger hunt.
25. Your elf sends out a little reminder to put the toilet seat down.
26. Your elf takes the electronics of the house ransom.
27. Elf demands hot chocolate!
28. Elf makes breakfast for the whole family!

50 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas (For Busy Moms)- Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas to do this year!

29. Elf on the Shelf gets caught making snowflakes out of paper, and the kids find them in the morning.
30. Your Elf gets up in the middle of the night to make S’mores on the stovetop.
31. Your Elf is busy coloring pictures for everyone in the family.
32. Elf on the Shelf gets into the powdered sugar and makes an elf-angel.
33. The Elf on the Shelf makes baby Jesus disappear out of the nativity.
34. Spell your child’s name out with any food and put the Elf beside the crime scene.
35. Have your Elf take a marshmallow bath.
36. Your elf stays up late talking on the family phone.
37. Elf gets caught writing a love letter to his “girl elf friend.”
38. Other toys take your Elf hostage!
39. Put a tiny superhero cape on your elf.
40. Play hide and seek with your Elf on the Shelf. The kids have to find him.
41. If there’s a baby in the house, have the elf drink out of the baby bottle.

50 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas (For Busy Moms)- Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas to do this year!

42. Make a sled out of candy canes and send your Elf out for some fun!
43. Put the elf outside and in the morning have him ring the doorbell.
44. Let him overdose on candy and leave him be for the kids to find him.
45. Find a tiny cup and allow your elf to have a cup of joe in the morning.
46. Put the elf in your kid’s lunchbox with a special note.
47. Place the elf in your kid’s backpack and send him to school with a special treat for the class.
48. Have the elf write an inspirational note to your kids.
49. Elf can get caught opening a gift way too early.
50. Place Elf in a chair, reading books to the other toys.

Just because you’re a busy mom, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the Elf on the Shelf. Have fun with these 50 ideas and enjoy the laughs and giggles with your kids this holiday season.

Print out these 50 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for quick access:

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Elf on the Shelf 50 Ideas Printable

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Elf on the Shelf 50 Ideas Printable

Be sure to pin this to your Elf on the Shelf Pinterest Board!

50 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas (For Busy Moms)- Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas to do this year!

If you’re new to the whole Elf on the Shelf idea, then you can read about what this whole crazy phenomenon is all about HERE and the introduction of our Elf- Elfie!

You can get your own Elf on the Shelf from Amazon.

Welcome your elf with this awesome Elf on the shelf Welcome Breakfast idea:

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Breakfast

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Elf on the Shelf Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Elf on the Shelf Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Join in on the Elf Fun with so many ideas posted below- Follow our Elfie on his journey and find other Elf on the Shelf ideas in our Elf on the Shelf section on my blog!

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