Planning a fun party for your child’s classroom
by Melissa Brodsky
Party Planning Committee
Usually the room parent is in charge of classroom parties. Don’t let the entire planning fall on you, however. Enlist the aid of other parents by sending out emails asking for help. Assign different tasks to those parents interested in helping out.
If there is a class fund allocated toward the parties and it’s not enough, suggest small donations from other parents, whether it be monetary or products needed to make the day a success.
Breaking the party down into three groups makes for simpler and more effective planning.
Party Crafts and prizes
Time is limited when it comes to classroom parties. Most schools only allow for 45 minutes to one hour. A simple craft like a foam book mark or door sign is always fun and easy. Some great places to find quick craft kits that are inexpensive and fun are Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Also, consider free online activity print outs for the students to color or do. Crayola, Busy Bee Kids and Spoonful are just a couple amongst thousands of sites that offer free activity and coloring sheets to print out for free.
A “goody bag” is usually expected by the students. Those can be made inexpensively. Visit Oriental Trading for great party favors. Also, any dollar store, Party City and Target’s dollar section are great for finding goodies for the bags as well as prizes for games.
If the party is outdoors, some fun games are water balloon tosses, relay races and toilet paper wrap games.
Indoor party games that are quick and most kids love are Simon Says, Freeze dancing, Pin the Tail on the Donkey (or, there are themed variations found at party stores, as well). Bingo is another game that kids love. Some sites with free Bingo printables are Kaboose and DLTK.
Have plenty of prizes available, kids love to win things.
Many schools have transitioned over to encouraging healthier snacks for in-school parties. Fruit and veggies, bagel and cream cheese are just two healthy options. Inevitably, parents will send in the “junk” food, which usually is quite happily eaten.
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