I LOVE the Elf on the Shelf, but working at a Christian School means no elves! So instead, I created The Wandering Wisemen packet with journal. It follows some of the same ideas, such as hiding the Wisemen everyday, but these guys aren't looking for good behaviour -- they're looking for Baby Jesus!
Students find the Wisemen in the morning and write and draw about their adventures in their journals. My second graders love it, and so will yours!
I've included a list of ideas for where to hide them, pictures from previous years, the journal, an opening letter to your class, and a rubric.
Please contact me if you have any questions, leave comments and enjoy :)