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Sunday, May 17, 2015

End of the Year Class Party Ideas

Can you believe it is that time of year again?  Even though I am not in the classroom right now, I feel the energy from this time of year.

This post is dedicated to the End of the Year Class Parties.  I am going to share a few ideas and then I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to share more ideas in the comments section.

My favorite party was an indoor picnic.  We moved all the desks out of the way and brought in blankets to sit on.  Parents brought in sliced watermelon and other fruits.  We ordered pizzas and set up an assembly line on the counter.  It was a parent picnic so the kids sat with their families. Afterwards we went outside and did relay races and free time.  The reason we sat inside to eat is because it was extremely humid so we wanted to limit our outside time.  We came back inside to cool down and shared about how our classmates are wonderful.  It was so much fun.

Usually I brainstorm a list of ideas with the kiddos and then narrow it down to the three I am okay with.  The kids vote and that's what we do.

Our grade level did a Luau together.  Each teacher has a station like "pass the coconut" (like hot potato) or pineapple tasting.  Then the classes rotate to each station every fifteen minutes.  We had nine first grade classes so it was quite an undertaking.  Other stations were relay races, limbo, hula dancing, making a project, and drawing with chalk.  The kids love it.

Some other party ideas include:

  • Popcorn and a movie
  • Outdoor structured games like kickball
  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Having a "theme" day like rockin' rainforest day or dinosaur day (activities and decorations are centered around the theme...

But honestly some of the best ideas come from the kids. 

What do/did you do for your end of the year party? 
Please share. 

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