Believe it or not, the Elf on the Shelf hasn’t been around for long. In fact, the holiday tradition is less than two decades old. But in that short time, it has taken households by storm.
Every Christmas, a little elf watches kids and reports their good (or bad) behavior to Santa. But why stop at the house? Kids spend plenty of time at school, so it’s time for the elf to go to the classroom.
These 14 Elf on the Shelf ideas for the classroom will help teachers bring this fun tradition into school. Because while we all know that kids are little angels all day at school, giving teachers a little backup doesn’t hurt.
These ideas incorporate the elf into the classroom without creating more work for already overworked teachers. And maybe, just maybe, knowing the elf is watching will help kids keep the pre-Christmas jitters down a little more.
Elf On The Shelf Classroom Ideas
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This Elf on the Shelf classroom activity is another fun STEM project that will teach kids about construction and physics. The included printable helps make setting up catapult kits for students a snap.
This idea would work great in the classroom or at home. The free printable Elf on the Shelf behavior reports let teachers and parents highlight good behavior or identify behaviors that need to be avoided. While including a plan to make sure the behavior isn’t repeated.
Here’s another reading-based idea with more prep work than the previous one.
Print the free included printable and select a stack of various Christmas stories to read. Instead of a calendar, count to Christmas by reading a favorite Christmas book daily. The elf will help by writing down the day’s book on the list.
Here is another last-minute Elf on the Shelf idea. Print up a bunch of these free Elf on the Shelf-themed word searches. The elf can check them over after school and leave little treats for the kids who did a good job the next day.
The best thing about this classroom Elf on the Shelf option is that it will get teachers through an entire week.
Just set aside a small section of the day as “Elf time” and print off one of this selection of elf activities for each day. These activities may be the perfect way to get through that last week before Christmas break starts.
The elf is all about reporting messages to Santa about how well the kids have been behaving. But sometimes, it’s nice to get a little feedback. This activity helps meet that want by giving kids a message from Santa.
However, just reading it through would be too easy, so Santa encoded it. Luckily, the free printable includes a decoder wheel so students can have fun figuring out the secret message.