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Are you looking for some new elf on the shelf classroom ideas for this holiday season? If so, this post is for you. It’s packed with everything you need to know including how to start, benefits of a classroom elf, learning activities, classroom management ideas and tips to make it easy for your elf.
Plus, there’s tons of examples of class pranks, and funny ideas that elves have done in other classrooms.
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First, you need to contact Santa and let him know you’re interested in a classroom elf or two. Next, you’ll need a clever way to introduce your elf to the classroom. Then you and your students need to come up with a name for your elf.
Here are some things to get your class ready for a classroom elf that you can find on Amazon including a mini door to help him travel back to the north pole every night and school supplies that’ll make your new elf feel welcome in the classroom.
ELF ON THE SHELF | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | ELF SCHOOL ACCESSORIES
THREE | DOOR TO THE NORTH POLE
FOUR | ELF PETS
Here are a few ideas to introduce your new classroom elf
Check out these ideas and more below.
In this first-grade class Santa special delivered this Elf on the Shelf book with an introduction letter. The students were very excited for the arrival of their classroom elf.
This class elf came with an official letter from Santa that explains why the elf came and rules. The class elf also brought a book, How to Catch and Elf, for the class to read.
I created this free template for you with Canva. Click here if you would like to download the template. You can edit it to add your name and make any other changes that you would like.
When you introduce your class elf be sure to go over the elf rules. You could download a printable all about elf rules or Santa can include the rules in a letter.
Check out some printable elf rules from Etsy as well as some fun packaging.
ELF RULES AND PACKAGING | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | RULES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
THREE | SPECIAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE
FOUR | INSTANT DOWNLOAD RULES
Here are some things a classroom elf can do:
Read on to find examples of all of these ideas and more.
One of the first classroom activities is naming your new elf. This could be a fun brainstorming session for the class followed by a class vote.
After a class name vote you can graph the names with different graph types. That is what this teacher from Florida did to introduce her math graph and data unit.
To get your class extra excited about their new friend you can add a little elf themed décor like a classroom door or a bulletin board, or even an elf surveillance cam. Check out my top finds below.
ELF CLASSROOM DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
THREE | SURVEILLANCE DIGITAL PRINT
Classroom elves love to find a great place to hide in the classroom that the kids think are hilarious. Check out some of the best elf hiding spots that I’ve seen below.
Not only is this little guy hiding in the headphone storage area, but he brought his own mini headphones.
This class elf, Tinsel was found reading a book upside down in the class library.
Sometimes classroom elves are tired and need a nap and a box of Kleenex with at tissue blanket is a great place in a classroom.
Rudi, this clever fella, left the students a note on the dry erase board with a clue to where he was hiding.
This funny guy thought he could disguise himself as an astronaut.
This cheeky elf was caught hanging upside down next to student work.
Here are some easy learning activities that your students will be excited about because they involve the classroom elf.
Another fun thing that classroom elves are known to do is leave notes for the students in the classroom. They often write notes on the chalkboard, the dry erase board, on post it notes or on cute printables.
These cute notes can be downloaded and printed, and they look like little letter boards.
Everyone knows that little classroom elves love to get into mischief! What type of mischief you wonder? Well, here are some sneaky things that I’ve seen classroom elves do:
Check out some of these ideas below.
This sneaky little elf started off by throwing toilet paper all over the room and made a big mess. He then drew a snowman on the TP that was left over.
Peppermint the elf, apparently loves stickers and has gotten into the class sticker supply.
Imagine the class's surprise when it appeared the classroom elf snuck into the photocopy room and plastered his work on the class bulletin board.
This teacher asked her class elf to help with making photocopies and he ended up creating his very own photo shoot.
This classroom prankster has taken over the class screen with a message that says, help I’m trapped in here!
Many classroom elves love to play pranks on students and teachers. Check out below some funny pranks that elves have done in classrooms.
This mischievous elf helped “decorate” the class Christmas tree with toilet paper while the students were out.
These naughty elves were caught replacing the Oreo stuffing with toothpaste!
Most Elves from the North Pole have a great sense of humor. I love to see the funny ideas that they come up with. Check out some of the best funny classroom elf ideas below.
The bowl of pom poms looked like the perfect ball pit for this silly boy.
This cheeky elf is pretending to blow a huge bubble, but it’s actually a pink balloon.
He tried to bring back a snowman from the North Pole, but it melted. It’s the thought that counts I guess.
This classroom elf was trying to decorate the classroom and accidentally got stuck with some washi-tape!
Classroom elves love to play games. Some of their favorites are twister, pin the nose on the reindeer, tic tac toe and the floor is lava. Check out all these game ideas below.
The floor is lava is a favorite of many elves.
Who knew you could play tic tac toe with Christmas bows and tape?
It’s well known that elves love to play Twister, especially with friends!
If you want to encourage your elf to have a little fun in your class you can download and print off games for them to play. Check out the top picks from classroom elves below.
PRINTABLE ELF GAMES | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | ELF TWISTER DOWNLOAD
THREE | NORTH POLE TIC TAC TOE
Classroom elves help to encourage students to try new activities. Check out some ideas below.
This elf shows the kids how to make rainbow magic by adding hot water to the center of the Skittle rainbow.
Here’s a fun craft idea for your students that also would make cute classroom décor to go with the elf theme. They can craft an elf body and you can add their picture so they can elf themselves.
This classroom elf, Merry, brings students a note every day with a kindness challenge for the whole class to complete. Merry helps the class focus on giving rather than receiving!
Classroom elves will often help teachers out when they see that the class may need behavior modifications. Elves may send a gentle reminder to the class if behavior is not up to par. Check out how elves have done that below.
Chippy the elf had to remind the students that they were a little too chatty by spelling out “please don’t hurt my ears” while wearing his earmuffs.
This sweet classroom elf, Peppermint, left the students a reminder to be good to their sub.
Sometimes a classroom elf will need to remind the whole class to be kind with their words. This classroom elf asked students to leave a kind message for the class on the whiteboard.
Sometimes classroom elves will leave the students with small elf reports to reward positive behavior that they see in the class. These may or may not come with an award or treat.
Above all classroom elves just want to have fun! Check out some ideas below of how elves have fun at school.
Hopefully your students will all make the nice list.
A marshmallow bath would be the perfect way for an elf to relax on his downtime.
This second-grade classroom elf had a blast playing around the school and hanging out with friends. He then took pictures to show the class how much fun he had.
Christmas bows have been found to be useful to help an elf scale a classroom window.
This class elf could use a little help.
Most classroom elves love a good smore! This class was excited to find their two elves roasting marshmallows by the fire.
This classroom elf was so inspired by the students’ new classroom artwork that she decided to create her own mini masterpiece.
If you want your elf to have even more fun you can get them some of these fun accessories that I found below.
ELF ACCESSORIES | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | 9 PC ELF ACCESSORIES KIT
THREE | ELF SKOOTER
FOUR | ELF ELECTRONICS & FOOD SET
FIVE | MINI BEACH SET
When a class is being extra good the elf will sometimes bring gifts. Some of the most popular gift ideas are candy canes, books, school supplies, or special treats or awards that star students can earn. Check out some ideas below.
Yes, he brought gifts. But the students need to find them first.
This thoughtful elf noticed that the class crayons were a little old, so he brought them new ones.
This classroom elf is a start student! He also was very thoughtful and brought some presents for other star students to keep the students motivated to show positive behavior in class.
Your students might be more excited to read new books if they came directly from an elf!
If you’re looking for some fun books to read to the class as part of your elf theme then check out some elf approved titles below.
ELF BOOKS | WHERE TO FIND
THREE | ELF
FOUR | HOW TO CATCH AN ELF
Elves love to crack a good Christmas Joke. Sometimes they’ll write their joke on a dry erase board, a letter board or even bring a stack of jokes to class with them. Check out some joke ideas from some funny classroom elves below.
This hilarious elf came to class loaded with tons of his favorite jokes.
Here’s a silly elf joke that your students would love.
If you want to get some joke cards that your class elf and your students would love then check them out below. You can order these from Etsy and have them shipped or download and print them yourself depending on which you choose.
ELF JOKES | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | ELF JOKE CARDS
If your classroom elf is stylish you may want to gift them with some fabulous elf clothing. Below check out some of my favorites from Amazon.
ELF CLOTHES | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | 6 PC ELF SKIRTS
TWO | 4 PC ELF ACCESSORIE SET
THREE | DONUT BE NAUGHTY PJS
FOUR | CHRISTMAS SWEATER SET
Are you looking for some easy ideas for your classroom elf? Elf kits are packs with fun accessories that your classroom elf would have tons of fun with. They may make it a little easier on your elf if they have a hard time coming up with new creative ideas every day. Check my favorite one below.
You can find this kit on Etsy by clicking the link below the picture. It has options for 12 or 24 days of activities. This will ensure that you don't run out of ideas and your students will love it.
You can try incorporating educational games and activities such as elf-themed puzzles or scavenger hunts, letter writing to Santa, and interactive holiday story time sessions. Have the Elf leave a daily task or fun fact for the students to explore throughout the day.
For younger students, use Elf on the Shelf as a way to encourage good behavior, incorporating stories and activities to enhance their learning experience. With high school students, you can make your Elf a symbol of holiday spirit or help teach life skills by incorporating them into class projects or group discussions.
Hide your Elf on the Shelf in various spots throughout the classroom, such as inside cubbies, on top of shelves, within books, or hanging from the ceiling. Challenge your students to find the Elf each day as they walk in or during a designated search time.
Create scenes that relate to your lesson plans or current classroom topics. You can also use props that your students have created or bring in elements from their favorite holiday stories. Try to incorporate humor, a touch of mischief, or other elements that will entertain your students and keep them engaged.
You can send a letter home to parents, so they know about the classroom elf and the ways that you plan to use the elf in the classroom. Encourage parents to share their ideas with elf on the shelf and even help set up some elf scenes.
Have your Elf return to help students stay organized after the holiday break. Create scenes in which your Elf emphasizes the importance of keeping track of assignments, having a clean and organized workspace, and staying on task. Involve the Elf in goal-setting activities or sharing safety tips as the new year begins.
Plan a creative and memorable Elf on the Shelf farewell for your students before they head home for the holiday break. You could have your Elf write a goodbye letter, leave a small present for each student, or plan a special activity for your class to enjoy on their last day together. Remember to encourage a sense of closure.
Now you have some new elf on the shelf classroom ideas so you can have fun with your students and your class elf this year. Feel free to save your favorite ideas to your Pinterest boards. If you loved this post share it on your favorite social media.
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