Elf Writing Prompts and Ideas

Free Printable Elf Writing Prompts for Kids
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Last night, we had a family movie night. We decided a couple of weeks ago what our pick would be: Elf.  My kids haven’t seen it and I hoped they’d find it as funny as we did when we first saw it.  Since I knew we’d be watching Elf, I thought I’d make elves our Christmas theme for the week.  Here are some elf writing prompts I created for us to use and some other fun elf ideas.

I saw someone post something recently on Facebook about finding out what your elf name would be.  I thought the kids would love to do this, so I had them create elf names and then write about their job as one of Santa’s elves. There are several cute charts with directions on how to create an elf name like the ones found here or  here.  There’s even a Christmas Elf Name Generator where you can plug in your name and it will generate an elf name for you. My kids got a big kick out of it! We spent a lot of time plugging in our names, family members’ names, and friends’ names to see what their elf name would be. It came up with the elf name “Nougat Greenfir’ for my son and he loved it!

Christmas elf name generator

He decided to use it for his elf name in his prompt. Here’s how his turned out:

Elf Writing Prompts and Ideas

Translation: “If I were an elf, my name would be Nougat Greenfir.  My job would be to make magic mice.  My favorite part of being an elf would be helping Santa get reindeer ready.”

Another writing prompt we did was “How Santa Got His Elves”.  I had checked out The Elves’ First Christmas from our library and knew I wanted us to read it. Before reading it, I had the kids write how they thought Santa came to have his elves. I had my son dictate his story to me and I wrote it down. He can create stories all day long, but just can’t write down such a long story yet.

Elf Writing Prompts and Ideas

We had to finish his story on the back: “…them a story about the first Christmas.  Then, the elves said, “Yes!”  The elves started working for Christmas.”

My daughter’s version went  like this…

Elf Writing Prompts and Ideas

After writing, we read the book and then discussed how their ideas were alike and different from the story. Afterwards, we researched online about the origin of Christmas elves.  We found the most helpful information here.

Our last elf writing prompt attempted to tap into something that they know and  love.  My kids are nuts over the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series right now.  We just finished the second book and they can’t get through them fast enough.  So I thought a few elf diary writing prompts might be fun, too!

I created a shorter, more structured prompt for beginning writers, and a more advanced one for older students.  For “Diary of a ________ Elf”, students choose an adjective and then write a diary entry based upon an elf with that description.  I didn’t include them here, but my daughter chose “Diary of a Sneaky Elf” and wrote a story about an elf who one night sneaked and ate all the delicious cranberry toothpaste and then blamed it on another elf.  She loved writing and illustrating this one!

Elf Writing Prompts and Ideas

Memoirs of an Elf is another great book to read when using the “Diary of an Elf” prompt.  It’s a really cute story that begins on Christmas Eve and tells what happens throughout the day as Santa and his elves prepare for delivering presents.  Everything goes according to schedule until they realize a family pet has gotten onto Santa’s sleigh.  They must figure out a way to get the beloved pet home in time for Christmas.

And finally, here are some adorable elf craft ideas I found on Pinterest that would be so fun to do with any elf theme:

Elf Writing Prompts, Printables, and Craft Ideas

1: Printable Elf Template

2:  Candy Cane Elf

3:  Elf Yourself Craft Template 

Updated- Here are a few more adorable elf crafts I’ve spied on Pinterest since I first published this post:

Paper Bag Elf Craft

Elf Paper Plate Craft

Elf Directed Drawing

Are you incorporating elves into you classroom this month?  If so, I’d love to hear any other elf ideas you’re doing!

Download the Free Elf Writing Prompts

These writing prompts got a little makeover in November 2018.  They’re the same content with new and better fonts. 🙂

Elf Writing Prompts Free Printables


  1. Thank you so much. This will be perfect for my class. I really appreciate how you have writing sheets appropriate for students at a range of developmental levels. So useful for me with my high-ELL class and big range of abilities. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi, Lauren! I’m sorry you’re having trouble downloading the file. I’ve double checked things on my end and it’s working fine. Maybe try using a different browser. When you click on the download link in the post, the file should automatically open. If you can’t get it to work, please email me at primarythemepark@gmail.com and I’ll email you the file. Thanks so much!

  2. Stephanie,
    Thank you for sharing! I am bookmarking this page because I want to keep coming back to it! I just downloaded your elf writing prompts to use with my 4th graders!!

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