I don't know about you, but this time of year leaves me completely exhausted! From shopping to baking to moving that darn Elf - who has time to plan fun Christmas activities for the classroom? I'm barely getting up, making it to work, and functioning every day! For the first time EVER we are in school until December 23rd. I know, shoot me now. Next week is going to be so hard! If you are also in this boat with me (and frantically searching for ways to keep kids entertained and engaged for yet another week) I have a fun lesson plan ready for you! If you're already out for Christmas break I'm really, REALLY jealous! Hopefully, you can save this and still use it next year.
This Secret Santa gift to you is sure to keep your students on their toes! My Elf Christmas Scavenger Hunt is so much fun for students of all ages. It's also customizable. It only takes a tiny bit of planning on your part, and kiddos love every minute of it. Watch this short video for a preview.
About the Game:
In this game, an elf has been sent by Santa to check on student’s behavior. He has been in your classroom for a while now watching students and reporting back to Santa. The elf could have been visible in your classroom, or you could tell students that he has secretly been watching, but they couldn’t see him. It’s up to you! The elf is getting ready to leave to go back to the North Pole, so it’s the perfect activity for the last day of school before Christmas break.
The game is a scavenger hunt which includes 9 different rhyming clue cards. Each card leads students to a variety of locations found around any school. Tips for using the cards are included.
The 9th card leads students to a special gift the elf has left for each student! Gift tags are included!
You can also create your own clues if these don't work for you and your classroom.
What you will need:
- A copy of the letter sent to students from Santa.
- Each card printed on card stock (laminate for durability and future use)
- Gift tags printed on cardstock (or regular printer paper would work, too) A small gift for each student.
- Small Dollar Store Items
- Stuffed Animal
- Bag of Candy
- Candy Cane
- Book or Coloring Book
- Writing Journal & Pencil
- Jumbo Bouncy Ball
- Elf Hat/Santa Hat
*Ask parents to donate $1-$2. Most of these items can be found at the Dollar Store.
- Allow yourself time to prepare the scavenger hunt clue cards, gift tags and gifts for each student.
- Arrange for an assistant or parent volunteer to help you strategically and secretly place the clue cards in the classroom and throughout the school.
- Some clue cards can be put in place the day before and others will have to be placed or distributed during the game.
- The gift for the students will need to be placed in student desks or wherever you store student books while you’re out of the room during the scavenger hunt.
- Before starting the game be sure to read the letter Santa sent to the students.
I hope you and your students enjoy this fun Elf Christmas Scavenger Hunt! Let me know what you think! Click here to download the game for FREE!
***Don't forget to check out the rest of the blog hop below! My Elementary Entourage friends have some more Secret Santa goodies just for YOU!