It’s the perfect time to reinforce positive behavior with your classroom elf. Use these classroom elf ideas to help your students stay engaged and on track this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for Elf on the Shelf ideas or just a fun activity for any elf, this blog post will make your students Elf Detectives and give them something to talk about.
Classroom Elf Ideas
Elf on the Shelf Arrival Letter
First things first – it’s time for the students to know your elf has arrived! Provide them with this quick arrival letter and have them eager to begin their journey as an Elf Detective. Download your own here.
Funniest Elf Names
One way I get my scavenger hunt ready every year is to come up with some of the funniest elf names to label my final clue. Here are just a few I’ve used in the past:
Tuffy the Elf
This Classroom is Under Elf Surveillance
In years past, I’ve also posted this on my door: “This class is under Elf Surveillance.” A quick Pinterest search will find you tons of great ideas. Check out some of my favorites below.
Elf Scavenger Hunt
Now it’s time for the fun part! I allow my students to become detectives and this is really where the magic happens. If you have extra magnifying glasses from a math project, have your students use those to really get into character. Try to make this year’s classroom elf experience the best one yet by building anticipation. Hide your clues before your students arrive to school. Spoiler Alert! Your elf’s final destination will be under your teacher desk. Keep reading to find out every single step of my elf detective process. You can grab this resource for your classroom elf here. One more thing – you can print these clues on large pieces of paper or on smaller note cards. Both formats are included. Don’t forget to laminate so you can them use year after year!
Grab this scavenger hunt and have your students become Elf Detectives today!