Elf on the Shelf Ideas Board Game Set-ups

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

This is the first in a series of blog posts with ideas for Elf on the Shelf antics throughout December. If there are printables that I’ve made involved then follow the links in the post in order to download them and print them at home. I hope they give your children a smile like they do mine. I’ve been doing the Elf on the Shelf since 2013. My eldest two have been talking about Edward coming back for a couple of weeks.

There are a whole host of board game inspired scenarios that you can do for each day. If you do a few of them that could be up to a week of movements with very little thought. Let’s face it when you remember at midnight that you haven’t moved the bloody Elf then very little thought or work to find props is a bonus! Certainly every day in our December doesn’t look like a Pinterest scene of Elf perfection.


One of the most successful! I love Twister (not so much after babies, you know the pelvic floor isn’t what it was), the kids love Twister, why shouldn’t the Elf? Download my Twister printable to use at home. It’s A4 sized. Use blu-tack or double sided tape to stick Elf on. Even better get Barbie and Ken involved too! Elf Twister.

Elf Twister Download Printable


Any card game like Uno are a great set-up idea. Select their favourite toys from the toy room and deal out the cards as though they are playing.

Pie Face

They have to play Pie Face. Or Splat if like us, you have the cheaper pound shop version. Try not to get any squirt cream or whatever you use on his hat because then you have the issue of washing him afterwards. We only got Splat last year so I’m looking forward to using it in some set-ups. Elsa is definitely getting used.


Our Elf doesn’t play Chess properly. He lies in the middle of the board like a toddler having a tantrum. We have a Mario Nintendo chess set which is really colourful and goes with the Elf craziness well. It’s always fun to add in a little Bowser craziness too.


Take their favourite game with the smallest pieces and put them into a balloon and then blow it up. Hang them from the ceiling with string and write a note on each balloon from the Elf gloating because they can’t play it. If I could put Top Trumps cards in them I would. I seem to spend hours playing Top Trumps.


We recently reviewed Randomise. The Elf and his friends enjoyed playing it overnight. I’m not impressed without his drawing skills though….

So there are a few ideas for Elf ideas with the board games you have in the home. If you use the Twister printable I’d love to see a picture!

Happy Elfing x

Twin Mummy and Daddy

1 Comment

  1. I’m definitely having a go at the twister so funny Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

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