Our elf has been visiting our house for many years now, sometimes instead of being cheeky he leaves the kids a fun science investigation to try.

If your elf is looking for some inspiration he or she might like these elf themed science investigations!

Just click on the printable images to download the instructions for each activity.

Elf on the shelf science experiments

Elf on the Shelf Science Investigations

Skittles STEM

All you need for this activity is a bag of skittles and some water! Pour warm water over the skittles and watch as the colours spread out.

If you’ve got a white coffee filter or filter paper hanging around you could try some candy chromatography too!

Elf on the shelf STEM Skittles task

Expanding Sweets

This is another super easy activity that just needs a little bag of gummy sweets. Pop them in water and watch as they double in size!!

Expanding Sweets elf on the shelf activity

Jumping Candy Canes

Make tissue paper candy canes jump with this easy static electricity investigaion.

Experiment with different types of paper and size shapes.

Jumping Candy Canes elf on the shelf

Optical Illusion

Make decorations appear on Christmas trees, eyes appear on a snowman and anything else you fancy with this easy Christmas themed optical illusion.

Save the Elves

Build and test an elf raft to help and elf cross a river. Can you make it strong enough to hold the weight of a small gift or elf?

Save the Reindeer Elf on the Shelf

Hot Chocolate and Candy Canes

Is there anything more Christmassy than a minty hot chocolate?

In this activity children can time how long their marshmallows take to melt in a hot chocolate and find out what happens to a candy cane used as a stirrer.

Elf Hot Chocolate

More Elf Ideas

Add some crafts to the advent fun with these gorgeous elf cups from Fireflies and Mudpies.

Try my elf STEM challenges with FREE printable challenge cards.

Red Ted Art has a super cute moving elf puppet.

Rainy Day Mum has even more elf ideas to share too!

collection of fun elf on the Shelf science ideas. #ElfontheShelfscience #scienceforkids #Christmasscience #Elfontheshelf

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