It’s that time of year again — winter break is just around the corner, and school children everywhere are getting excited about Christmas. And, the classroom parties that end their year with a bang!
I have been the room mom/class party planner for at least one of my girls for the last several years. We have games, crafts, festive snacks, and an absolute blast with the kids. I also always have printable games on hand, just in case I need to fill some time. Usually, though, we end up with way more fun than there is time.
Choose one craft, a couple games, and some fun snacks, then divide the kids up into groups. The kids can take turns rotating through the stations, for a manageable classroom party. Here are 15 ideas for this year’s class party. Most of these would be good winter break activities at home, too.
Book Activities 1 of 15Connecting books with fun activities is perfect for a class room party. The Polar Express is one of my favorite holiday books — make a jingle bell ornament, enjoy hot cocoa or create a gingerbread train.
See more book & activity ideas at The Crafty Crow.
Christmas Bingo 2 of 15Bingo has always been a hit at our holiday parties. I like to use M&Ms as markers — they get to enjoy a fun snack after the game.
Learn how to create your own bingo cards at Do Stamping
Christmas Tree Ring Toss 3 of 15Ring toss is a popular game with kids — any excuse to throw something. Use a miniature tree and a circle of garland to add a festive flair.
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Pass the Parcel 4 of 15This is a popular game in the UK, played a little like hot potato. Wrap something small, like a chocolate bar, in several layers of holiday paper. When the music stops, whoever is holding the package gets to unwrap one layer. The person who opens the final layer gets to keep the gift!
For a more "fair" twist for younger children, wrap something that can be shared with the whole class, such as a festive bowl or cup the winning child can keep, filled with Hershey kisses for everyone.
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Snowball Toss 5 of 15Oh, yes — more throwing games! The kids toss white bean bags or Styrofoam balls through a holiday wreath for a fun, indoor snowball toss.
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Bird Feeder Wreath 6 of 15Kids love the idea of feeding the birds through the winter. Add a Christmas twist by spreading peanut butter & birdseed over a bagel. Ask a local bakery if they have leftovers to donate for your class project.
Bird Feeder tutorial at Mamas Like Me
Handprint Ornament 7 of 15Capturing children's fingerprints is such a fun memory to have on the Christmas tree. Plain ball ornaments are inexpensive and can be easily dressed up with these handprint snowmen.
See the tutorial at Full of Great Ideas
Photo Ornament 8 of 15I love having pictures of my girls on the tree year after year. Many school picture companies will provide teachers with small photos or stickers for classroom use. Glue one into a juice lid, add a ribbon, and allow the kids to decorate their ornament.
Tutorial for juice lid ornaments at The Crafting Chicks
Reindeer Food 9 of 15Don't forget to feed the reindeer! A little oatmeal and glitter will guide Santa's sleigh to the right home. I've used sugar sprinkles in the past, so that the reindeer food is completely edible.
Recipe & printable tag at Listen In
Snowglobes 10 of 15Dollar tree miniatures and empty baby food jars are a frugal way to make homemade snowglobes. Kids will love creating their own scenes.
Tutorial at Ucreate
Cheese Tray Tree 11 of 15Don't forget the snacks — it is possible to serve fun, festive healthy snacks.
Get the recipe at Cabot Cheese
Fruit Tree 12 of 15Every time I've ever offered fresh fruit at an event for kids, it's the first thing to disappear. Tuck fruit into a styrofoam cone for a festive tree.
Instructions and other festive treats at Ginger & Garlic
Reindeer Cookies 13 of 15Turn your gingerbread men upside down to create these reindeer cookies. How clever is that?
via Cake Central
Rudolph Crackers 14 of 15Ritz crackers, peanut butter, raisins, and pretzel twists make these adorable reindeer crackers. Use a Craisin for Rudolph's nose.
Santa Strawberries 15 of 15Slice the bottom off a strawberry, add some whipped cream, and you've got Santa strawberries — a fun and festive treat.
Recipe and more class party ideas at The Preschool Toolbox
Photo Credit: UCreate