50 EASY Elf on the Shelf Ideas for a Preschool Classroom
If you are looking for ways to bring a little Christmas magic and excitement into the classroom, think about adding a classroom elf! Here are 50 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for a preschool classroom, plus a super fun SECRET decoder message for students to get a message from their elf.
Christmas is getting closer and that means little boys and girls will be waiting on the edge of their seats for the return of their favorite classroom elf! If you don’t have an elf in your preschool classroom, you might want to consider getting one.
They bring with them lots of fun and positive reinforcement for good behavior for the kiddos. I’ve never liked using our Elf on the Shelf to show negative behavior or even threaten with, but always as a reward for kindness and having the Christmas spirit. And I always use easy Elf on the Shelf ideas to keep the stress level down!
That’s why I think they are fantastic to include in classrooms, especially preschool classrooms!
Preschool age children still have so much delight with the magic of the Elf on the Shelf and you can really get SO creative in things your elf does every day! In fact, I have over 50 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for a preschool classroom to share with you in this post.
While it’s fun to do super creative displays, bringing the fun and magic of an Elf on the Shelf into a preschool classroom can be kept pretty simple. I’ve included a lot of great FREE printable activities in the list below.
I’ve also included some setup ideas, but you can even keep it super simple like this… having your Elf hanging out on a globe [like above] or in the craft supply box!
There are literally endless ways that you can incorporate your class elf into the fun of everyday. I love the idea of having the Elf bring a “Naughty and Nice” list with them one day and the teacher and principal name being on the naughty list! The kids would get a kick out of that, I’m sure.
The more the kids get involved with the elf, the more fun you’ll have. I know a lot of teachers let the kids name their classroom Elf on the Shelf and it’s a great way for kids to learn voting and even a counting activity.
This is a scavenger hunt activity that my house elf does every year, but it would be great as an Elf on the Shelf ideas for preschool classrooms too! There's a FREE printable that explains candy canes are hidden - can the kids find them all?
Good deeds are one thing that all of us want our children to do and the elf can bring about that too! These are free to print and then have your elf bring so the kids can work on doing nice things for others - even random acts of kindness too!
These elf coloring pages are free to print and a great way to keep kids busy while other kids are finishing assignments. They would be great delivered by your elf from the north pole, or just to have out in a coloring center.
Do some of the kids in your classroom think they have what it takes to be Santa's helper? They can apply to be an elf themselves! This is a super extra fun activity for the class and can help them share confidence about themselves.