Classroom Elf Freebies & Ideas

It's almost time for our family elf, Elfabet, to visit us from the North Pole.  He is one of my favorite family traditions because his silly hijinx always make my boys laugh.  There is just no sweeter sound to wake up to in the morning, I swear.  Not only are the elves flying back to homes everywhere across the country, but according to my calendar, they're flying back to classrooms everywhere, too.


Here's a peek back at our visit from our classroom elf a few years ago.  A special delivery straight from the North Pole with a letter, a gift tag, and everything!

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I read the letter to the kids and they flipped.  I mean, they seriously had a conniption.  They could barely stifle their screams.  We somehow managed to get through the letter without anyone going too crazy, but when it came time for me to open Santa’s special delivery, we just couldn’t contain ourselves anymore.  It got a little wild.  But it was precious because their little hearts are SO innocent and they just couldn’t hold in their excitement at all.  I just LOVE the magic of Christmas!!!! 
As we were opening up the package, the kids were BEGGING me to be careful so that I wouldn’t touch her.  Luckily, Santa’s little burlap sack and all that North Pole snow made it super easy for her to stay put as I opened her up.  I put her under the document camera for everyone to see.

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Almost immediately after opening our special package, one of my babies said, “I’m going to write about our elf today in Writer’s Workshop!”  Score.  But first, it was time to name her.  I was really hoping for someone to come up with a fun name like “Elfis” or something equally as cool.  Here’s what the kids chose and then voted on…

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I got this great bubble map idea from Cheryl at Primary Grafitti.  Love.  Take a look at those names.  Elfabet is the name of my boys’ elf and one of my kids DESPERATELY wanted that to be a serious contender, but no such luck. We ended up with “Frozen” and I’m sure that was inspired by Disney’s recent Blockbuster!

After we named her, we filled out one of the printables from my Classroom Elf Freebie so that the kids would have something to take home to share with their parents.

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We took a little break and played “Where’s the Elf?” from that same little freebie and the kids had a BLAST!  You should’ve heard the cheers when they found the hiding elves!!  It was even better watching the “elf finders” do their little elf dances at the end of the game.  HA!

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We went out to recess and when we came back inside, our elf had flown out of her resting place and landed above one of our tables.  I guess she didn’t think anyone would be able to see up her skirt. Bless.  #thankgoodnessforstockings

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They were seriously flabbergasted.  Could not BELIEVE she was flying around the classroom while they were outside!!  This was the *perfect* time to introduce their little elf writing journals.  They couldn’t wait to get started.

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We even made these little elves for a special writing project all about our North Pole visitor.  I don't have a template, but as you can see, it was pretty easy to make.

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If your elf is coming to visit, grab these freebies to welcome him or her to your classroom.
You can grab the freebie HERE.



And if you're in search of some elf ideas (for home OR for school...easy to modify for the classroom), you can find them on my domestic blog here...




And have you heard the news yet?!  


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This is when I like to stock up!!  If you're in need of a few more seasonal resources, here's what I have available...


















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