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The most hilarious Elf on the Shelf ideas for kids

We found the coolest Elf on the Shelf ideas for kids that'll make this holiday season a little brighter

By Danielle Valente and Time Out editors
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Santa has a lot of ground to cover and can't possibly be everywhere at once. (Except on December 24.) That's where these great Elf on the Shelf ideas for kids come in! 

The oftentimes controversial North Pole spies end up in wonky situations—a bubble bath in the sink, making snow angels in flour on the cutting board and so on. They're meant to keep a watchful eye and, in a sense, entice little ones to stay on Santa's "Nice" list. But there are no guarantees, of course. 

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We have a feeling these laugh-out-loud Elf on the Shelf ideas for kids will have you feeling excited about the holiday tradition. Be sure to also check out our December events calendar, where you'll find socially distanced drive-thru Christmas attractions and other cool seasonal events. Don't forget to catch up on the best kids' Christmas movies, too! 

Elf on the Shelf ideas for kids

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1. In true 2020 fashion, self (um, we mean "elf") isolating

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2. Indulging in a much-needed sprinkle bath

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3. Partaking in outdoor adventures

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4. Snow globe trotting

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5. Reading the tabloids

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6. Finding the perfect spot for that ornament

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7. Creating artwork to go in the Met

Photograph: Courtesy @roisin03

8. Playing cards with pals

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9. Getting in those eight glasses a day...sort of

Photograph: Courtesy @shebesorted

10. Pursuing a rock-climbing adventure in the kitchen

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11. Jumping into a ball pit!

Photograph: Courtesy @werethemillers2

12. Blasting off to outer space

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13. Sneaking spoonfuls of Nutella (and forgetting to wipe off the evidence)

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14. Catching up on a midnight snack

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15. Designing the ultimate holiday look

Photograph: Courtesy @scout_ourcheekyelf

16. Capturing sentimental family photographs

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17. Dashing through the snow

Photograph: Courtesy @ladylithia

18. Exploring new heights

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19. Rocking around the Christmas tree

Photograph: Courtesy @mad_skillz_84

20. Attempting to emerge victorious in Jenga

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21. Being a graffiti menace

Photograph: Courtesy @sherri_davis_

22. Channeling his spidey senses

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23. Making meals with the Kitchen Aid

Photograph: Courtesy @themessybunwife

24. Scratching some chores off the list

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25. Ensuring that no bathroom goes without toilet paper

Photograph: Courtesy @lizziejim

26. Enjoying a slice of summer

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27. Trying to impress the judges on "The Voice"

Photograph: Courtesy @justjazz93

28. Giving the house a festive makeover

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29. Relaxing and floating around

Photograph: Courtesy @reanna211

30. Being a selfless vigilante in Batman's absence

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31. Parking the sleigh properly

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32. Venturing to pre-historic times

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33. Stocking up on seasonal sweets

Photograph: Courtesy @mrs_elkins1013

34. Enjoying a white Christmas

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35. Attempting (unsuccessfully) to play like Liberace

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