20 Ideas for your Class ‘Elf on the Shelf’


Is anyone else Christmas obsessed? When it comes to the classroom, we love getting all festive because there is no one more willing to join in on the excitement more than kids!

In saying that, Christmas time can be a little hectic, just like school, so we are here to make your teacher life easier. Without further ado, we would like to share with you 20 different ideas for your class Elf on the Shelf.


Before we start, COVID times might call for a quarantine period! This is a cute idea to get your kiddos excited for the Elf adventures to begin!


20 Ideas for your class Elf on the Shelf

Print this list, tick it off as you go, and rest easy knowing that we have done all the creative thinking for you!


1. On your teacher computer/desk


2. Sitting at a student desk (with all their belongings out)


3. Get Elf to kick start your Kindness at Christmas campaign by leaving your class kind messages. Find free templates for the Kindness Kris Kringle here.

4. Pinned to one of your display boards


5. Writing a message on the board for the class


6. Lying in lost property


7. Hiding in your class library

Photo credit: @learn.with.laura

8. Pretend Elf has written a naughty and nice list on the board (under nice, list your students’ names and under the naughty list write some of the teachers)


9. Ask someone in the office or another teacher to deliver your elf during the day saying he/she was trying to escape


10. Making something from manipulatives (e.g. playdough, MAB, coloured rice, counters)


11. Sitting with a cute message to be kind to their teacher

Photo credit @misslearningbee

12. Pretending to mark books


13. Pictures of Elf stuck all over the room


14. Pretending to have brought back a snowman from the North Pole

Photo credit: @misslearningbee

15. Having an ‘Elfie’ displayed on your projector/screen/smartboard/class iPads (you can follow up with your students making their own Elfie Selfie – get your free template here)

16. Doing a fun activity that you have planned for the day


17. Set up with a secruity guard so he/she behaves


18. Set Elf up with a ‘Crack the Code’ mystery for your students to complete (we have a free one for you here


19. Hiding in one of your student’s trays or a storage box


20. Hidden inside your class sharpener

Photo credit: @misslearningbee


Other academic ideas you can implement that involve your Elf on the Shelf:

  • Dedicate some writing lessons

The ideas are endless when writing about your class elf. Maybe it is a Santa’s workshop job application, a description of your elf, a story where the hero is the class elf or even a persuasive text such as, “Should Santa send his Elves out to watch children or keep them in the workshop to help him prepare for Christmas.”

  • Number of the Day

Set your Elf up, so they are holding a number that the students need to use to complete a number of the day activity. You can grab a free template here or a Christmas version here.


  • Christmas Kindness Campaign

We mentioned this one above but what better time is there than Christmas to remind our students of the power of kindness. Using your Elf on the Shelf is a great way to get started by him/her leaving kind notes for your students. Grab this free template to help your students to start writing kind notes to each other.


  • Design and make

Get your students to create a new outfit for your Elf on the Shelf using leftover paper or art supplies, or perhaps create a mode of transportation for Elf. How adventurous you want to be is dependent on the number of supplies you have available at the end of the school year.


Let us know, did you use any of these ideas? What did your students enjoy the most?

Need help planning some awesome lessons for your students? We have got you covered. Click on the links below for more…

Kindness at Christmas Flipbook

Kindness Kris Kringle - Class Display

Christmas Blooms Activities (Grades 1-2)

Christmas Blooms Activities (Grades 3-6)

The Christmas Thief - Crack the Code

What to read next:

Simple gifts for students that are from the heart

Kindness at Christmas – Tips, Strategies, and Free Resources

Our Favourite Christmas Activities that are still Academically Focused





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