Elf Hide and Seek

Elf Hide and Seek

Get ready to dive into a world of magic and laughter with “Elf Hide and Seek”! This game is a festive twist on the classic hide-and-seek, where one child becomes a mischievous Christmas elf. It’s the perfect activity to liven up a children’s party during the holiday season, combining fun and imagination.

Game sheet

  • Number of players: from 5 children.
  • Ages: Suitable for children from 5 years and older.
  • Supplies: An elf hat or costume for the elf.
  • Setting: indoor or outdoors
  • Play time: Approximately 15 minutes

How to play the Elf Hide and Seek game

  1. Choosing the Elf: One child is selected to be the elf. They wear the elf hat or costume to stand out.
  2. Countdown: The other children cover their eyes and count out loud to a predetermined number (e.g., 20) while the elf finds a hiding spot.
  3. Seeking the Elf: After the countdown, the children go on a hunt to find the hidden elf.
  4. Finding the Elf: The game ends when one of the children finds the elf. The child who finds the elf becomes the next elf.


  1. Mischievous Elf: The elf can quietly move from one hiding spot to another during the game.
  2. Magical Clues: The elf leaves behind magical clues (like glitter or small objects) to help the children in their search.
  3. Talking Elf: The elf can make small noises or whisper clues to guide the children.
  4. Elf’s Mission: Give the children a special mission, like retrieving an item the elf is “guarding.”
  5. Reverse Countdown: The children must find the elf before the countdown ends, or the elf wins.

“Elf Hide and Seek” is a simple yet extremely entertaining game, bringing a touch of whimsy and joy to any children’s Christmas party.

The educational advantages of the Elf Hide and Seek game

  1. Physical Activity and Motor Skills: The game promotes physical activity, encouraging children to move around, which helps in developing their motor skills and overall physical health.
  2. Imagination and Role-Playing: Acting as elves allows children to engage in imaginative play and role-playing, fostering creativity and emotional development.
  3. Social Skills Development: This game requires interaction and cooperation among children, enhancing their social skills and ability to work together.
  4. Patience and Self-Control: Waiting quietly while hiding and seeking teaches children patience and self-regulation.
  5. Observational Skills: As seekers, children need to be observant, enhancing their visual perception and attention to detail.
  6. Problem-Solving: Determining potential hiding spots and deciding where to search next involve problem-solving and strategic thinking.
  7. Listening Skills: Listening for hints or sounds from the elf hones children’s auditory skills.
  8. Communication and Teamwork: Discussing strategies and sharing insights with peers foster effective communication and teamwork.
  9. Confidence Building: Successfully finding the elf or staying hidden while being the elf builds self-confidence and a sense of achievement.
  10. Understanding and Following Rules: Learning and adhering to the game’s rules help children understand the importance of rules in group activities.

Explore our array of engaging games and effortlessly host the most memorable party for your kids with our printable game kits!

5/5 - (95 votes)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *