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25 Fun Elf on the Shelf Road Trip Ideas

When our Elf on the Shelf first arrived, I had no idea the amount of work I was creating for myself. At the time, I had three children under the age of six, and I made a big production about the arrival of our new little friend. I read the Elf on the Shelf book that came with him from the North Pole and asked them to select a name. There are so many great Elf on the Shelf names, like Buddy, Kringle, Twinkle, and Joy. I waited patiently while they debated, thinking they would come up with something grand. They finally settled upon the best elf name ever…Dave. Yep, Dave the Elf.

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Dave arrives on December 1 and for the next 23 days, I create an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt for my children. Each night, I put a clue in the pocket of our Advent calendar and the kids (mostly the youngest one now), eagerly race downstairs each morning to find our elf.

When Dave arrives we have a North Pole welcome breakfast complete with small gifts for the kids (complete overkill), personalized letters, special holiday tableware, and streamers! Some past breakfasts have included: hot cocoa with candy cane stir sticks, powdered donut snowmen, holiday shaped pancakes, holiday themed cereal or Pop-Tarts, basically all the food I never let my kids eat!

If you need ideas for your own breakfast, just type in “North Pole Breakfast Ideas” on Pinterest. There are so many creative people out there, it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my craziness.

On to the Elf on the Shelf Road Trip ideas. If you find yourself traveling for the holidays, and need some easy Elf on the Shelf ideas, we have you covered.

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25 Ideas for an Elf on the Shelf Road Trip

1. Put him in the car bundled up and ready to go

2. Have him tie the kids’ shoes together in knots

Elf on the Shelf Ties shoes in knots-Kids Are a Trip

3. Use dad’s shaving cream and a razor to pretend he’s shaving

4. Elf is sick so he sleeps in a box of tissue with a tissue pillow and blanket

5. Borrows the kids’ crayons and colors some pictures and write notes to the kids

6. Plays with mom’s makeup and makes a big mess

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7. Takes a marshmallow bubble bath in the sink

8. Hides in the sock or underwear drawer with a sock or underwear on his head/body

9. Writes notes on the mirror with a dry erase marker or steam the mirror and write with finger

10. Hangs upside down from a slinky (you’ll have to buy this if you don’t have one) attached to a mirror or lamp

11. Elf brings small gifts for kids (books to read, game to play, deck of cards, treats)

12. Makes an Elf Yourself video to share with the kids

13. Creates a mess while brushing his teeth

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14. Makes snowflakes out of q-tips or paper

15. Leaves chocolate chip or peppermint candy poops in the toilet

16. Uses toilet paper to “tee-pee” the room

17. Gives the kids red Rudolph noses with washable markers or paint

18. Gets in trouble with stickers from a sticker book and find himself in quite a mess

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19. Gets trapped under a drinking glass somewhere in the room/house

20. Sticks Post-It notes all over the place

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21. Takes an ice bath in the ice bucket because he misses the North Pole

22. Plays with mom and dad’s phone and takes selfies and photos of the kids while they’re sleeping

23. Becomes stuck in a bag of candy he ate

24. Plays a card game with other toys and stuffed animals on the trip

25. Goes fishing for goldfish

If you need your own Elf on the Shelf you can buy one on Amazon (Elf on the Shelf-Boy or Elf on the Shelf-Girl). If you have no idea what I’m talking about you can read all about it on the official Elf on the Shelf website.

One year we even bought the Elf’s video. This year the movie will air several times throughout the holiday season, so save your money.

The elf also has apparel available, so we’ve invested (yes, I’m ashamed to say) in a football jersey and the sweater set too. I’m still eyeballing the Graphic Tees, the jingle jam hoodie, or even the pet St. Bernard!! Somedays I wish I had a girl elf just so I could buy the peppermint princess gown. Oh well.

Hopefully you won’t be traveling for 25 days, but you can use some of these ideas to cover you while you’re on the road. The kids will love every minute and maybe, just maybe, when they’re older they’ll appreciate all the time and effort you put into making their holidays so special.

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