Everyone loves a good Christmas party, especially school-age children. The key to planning a great party is to have plenty of activities and treats. Here are some fun and economical ways to lift holiday spirits and entertain students in your classroom.
1. Photo booth
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Send the kids home with a holiday photo of themselves. Set up a holiday photo booth with cheery red or green fabric, holiday beads, and snowflakes. Provide an empty frame. After you snap your shots, print out color copies for children to take home to give to their parents as gifts.
2. Holiday movie and reindeer popcorn
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Pop in a holiday movie like “Elf” and provide students with everything they need to decorate reindeer cups.
3. Snowman craft
This simple, hands-on craft will keep students busy and delighted. Gather up white paper plates, poster board letters, construction paper, wiggly eyes, buttons, glue, staples, ribbon, and streamers. Glue (or write) a letter from the child’s name on each paper plate. Cut out a snowman’s hat from construction paper and attach. Staple the snowman’s body in order. Add the final touches: scarf, arms, boots, nose, eyes, etc.
4. Gingerbread dice game
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Provide a gingerbread man cutout marked with numbers and a red marker or crayon. Roll the dice and let the fun begin. The first student to color in all the numbers on their gingerbread wins. Serve gingerbread cookies alongside the game.
5. Penguin relay race
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Game on! Bring on the laughter when the kids waddle through a game where they look like penguins. All you need is two nerf footballs. Have the children partner-up. The first set of partners must place the ball between their lower legs. From a designated starting point, the two penguins must waddle to the finish line without losing their penguin “egg.” If they drop their egg before the finish line, they must start over again. First person to the finish line wins.
6. Candy cane balance game
This holiday game is played in pairs. Place an empty wrapping paper tube on a table or on the floor, and balance a yardstick on top of the tube. Each of the two players has five various-sized candy canes. Standing on opposite sides of the yardstick, players must work together to rest all five candy canes on their side of the yardstick without toppling the structure. If the structure falls, the game is over.
7. Build a snowman
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Easy does it … this team-building game will get everyone involved. Divide kids into groups of two. Give them a roll of toilet tissue and set them loose to cover their partner.
8. Popsicle stick snowflakes
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Students get excited over this shiny project, which should not require any assistance from you. Supply popsicle sticks, glitter, glue, gems, sequins, and string. The snowflakes look pretty sprinkled throughout the house or hanging in front of a window.
9. Bird feeder wreath
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Help the kids share the beauty of the season with our feathered friends when you let them decorate bird feed rings.
10. Easy holiday treats
Let room mothers (or the children) create healthy treats like these string cheese snowmen.