Classroom Kindness Elf Ideas & Freebie

Ok, so I must admit...I was nervous about jumping on the "Elf" bandwagon. After all, do students really need one more reason to lose their minds get excited this time of year? Finally I decided that the answer is YES! My first graders are at an age where magic and mystery fill the season and I wanted to create special memories for them. I decided to add a twist to my visitor's purpose and have been using him to help implement random acts of kindness each day. 

******** This post has been updated to include ideas from the last several years of using a classroom kindness elf, along with some shopping ideas (affiliate links) for some of my favorite accessories for Elvin D Elf. I can now say for sure this is one on MY favorite parts of the year!


Each year I like to plan a special frozen delivery which usually requires the help of a team mate. Last year the speech teacher acted as my special helper by delivering the package. I had placed it in the freezer the night before (next to peppermint ice cream of course!) and then again in the freezer at work. The "frozen" package arrived from the North Pole nice and cold, complete with glitter snowflake confetti

Once we opened the package I read a little letter to them from my Elf Inspired Acts of Kindness freebie. 

Acts of Kindness & Elf Antics

My plan is always to leave one note each day with an act of kindness or a little treat (gift for others, writing task, cleaning, kind words, etc.). BUT, I usually have waaaaay too much fun and the elf moves around a little extra. My poor co-workers are probably over my obsession with Elvin D Elf but I just can't help it! The squeals of excitement are SO worth it.

Sometimes Elvin causes a little mischief, but his main goal is to help spread holiday cheer and kindness!



Elf Sized Accessories

When I first started having the elf visit back in 2013, Dollar Tree was my best friend for elf sized fun, and is still a great spot for inspiration! Over the years I have slowly added to my collection with fun new outfits and accessories, especially designed for elves. Too cute! 



Elf Mailbox and Letters to the North Pole

My kiddos are equally obsessed with writing our classroom elf letters.  They seriously BEG me to go to Work on Writing during our Daily 5 time each day. Teacher win right?

The first year I had him I really didn't know what to expect so I had to improvise with our mailbox (Jack-o-lantern).

Last year I upped my game for sure! I found this little mailbox and printed some colorful Christmas paper. I used some to write personalized notes to each child (using a cute elf like font) and left the rest blank for them to send letters back with. You should see the pure joy on their face when a custom note was left praising them for a recent achievement or sending them well wishes when something was challenging. 

I also decided to enter the 21st century by having an email address set up for Elvin. I just created a gmail account and sent notes back and forth to my school email. My class helped me write responses. Like I said...I got a bit obsessed! 

This was an easy way to help reinforce the fact that the elf was watching their great choices (and not so great). It also meant I could come up with something on the fly and not have to worry about elf fonts and printing. 

I hope you enjoyed getting a sneak peak in my classroom and found some new ways to add kindness and excitement in your own classroom. Don't forget to check out the pre-made shopping list with tons of elf inspiration. I am looking forward to seeing what antics he comes up with next!

If you want to use your special classroom elf as an extra way to keep kids on the nice list, be sure to download my freebie. I included a letter from the North Pole, notes from the elf with classroom ideas, and a materials list. Enjoy!

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