It’s that time of year when moms and teachers are under pressure to come up holiday party ideas that are fun, inexpensive, healthy and not particularly religious.
I am currently working on planning Walsh’s class party and providing items for Rose’s parties, and I wanted to share a couple of good ideas.
For Walsh’s party this year we are copying Walsh’s party from last year. His second-grade teacher put a big emphasis on activity and fitness. The whole party last year was held outside. (It might be warm enough if your party is at the end of the day or maybe you could reserve some gym time?)
The teacher did a relay game where the kids had to swap off reindeer ears, a nose and tie before they could race. They all loved it.
Then she did a sort of musical chairs but without the chairs. She threw little red bows on the ground, played music and the kids had to grab a bow and make it the finish line before the music stopped. She used less bows each time so the kids got out just like in musical chairs. One kid figured out it was all probability and positioned himself further from the finish line but closer to bows that other kids were not going after. He was so smart. The loved that one too.
Then she did a race game where each team of four to five kids had a wrapped box. She told the kids to unwrap the box and they would win. Well, it was actually wrapped with seven layers. So they got the first layer off and were shocked and had to keep going. It was so cute.
So we’re doing all of those this year for his third grade class. I like that they get to be outside and run around.
Rose’s class has decided to do a charity event for their party. The principal has found a family in need and the class is going to sponsor them. The families will buy gifts off the list and then during their party time they kids will wrap the gifts and prepare everything for the family. The class is also going to cook for the family. So I think it’s a lovely way to teach service and charity during the holidays, and the kids will have a nice time doing it.
Last year Rose’s class did a A Minute to Win It Party and it was a huge success. They loved the activities and you don’t even have to make anything up. All the games are listed on the website and the moms just set up stations for each activity. We had a stopwatch. They all tried to do it and then switched stations.
What are your best party ideas to share with other moms? Do you like to do crafts at the party? Do you like to make keepsakes for the parents? Do you like to do activities?