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 for.
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 7 ideas for this year’s class party. Most of these would be good winter break activities at home, too.
1. Book Activities
Connecting books with fun activities is perfect for a classroom 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 and activity ideas at The Crafty Crow.
2. Christmas Bingo
Bingo has always been a hit at our holiday parties. I like to use M&Ms as markers — kids get to enjoy a fun snack after the game. Learn how to create your own bingo cards at Do Stamping.
3. Ring Toss
Ring 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.
4. Pass the Parcel
This 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’s Kisses for everyone.
5. Snowball Toss
Oh, yes — more throwing games! The kids toss white beanbags or styrofoam balls through a holiday wreath for a fun, indoor snowball toss.
6. Handprint Snowmen
Kids coat their hands with white paint (with some assistance from Mom or Dad) and press them onto blue construction paper. Let the little ones paint faces onto each finger to create a whole snowman clan!
7. Styrofoam Tree
Every 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. Find instructions and other festive treats at Ginger & Garlic.