Welcome here! Today I'm linking up with my other blog: Confessions of a Modern Day Mennonite to talk about Classroom Christmas Parties for Blogmas.
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Because.. tomorrow is the last day of school before Christmas break (oh how it's flown by... or not)
For those of us that are throwing together a Christmas Party for our students last minute have no fear!... I'm here to help!
Kids are easy to please... all they want is to eat and to hang out (most of the time)
Make a sign up sheet for what kids can bring to the party (baking, drinks, veggies, fruit, chips, and whatever else you want to show up at the party!) I've never had problems with kids not being willing to sign up... in fact last year I made them sign up for one party each (Christmas, Valentine's Day, Spring Break, and end of the year) so that we wouldn't have an abundance of food and all go home feeling sick.
One year I looked up a bunch of Minute to Win it games on Teachers Pay Teachers. There are tons that are free and the supplies are super easy to get your hands on. We formed teams and battled each other in them.
One year I made my students sugar cookies in the shape of gingerbread men and we decorated them (this likely wouldn't take very long... but it could take up part of the time AND you could even get students to practice measurement by getting them to make the cookies (and icing).
Movies. All mine ever wanted to do was to watch a movie. And so, we often did that.
One year I had a karaoke machine show up to a classroom party (you can find a number of karaoke songs on Youtube)
A little while ago I posted about Just Dance. I think students could still be into Just Dance even without the actual game... you can find it on Youtube too.
Get students to bring in any games they want to play.
When I was teaching grade 8 one year I wrapped a pencil up again and again so that it was in a box that a bunch of plates came in eventually. I had students sit in a circle on the floor and roll a dice. Anytime a certain number was called (like 1 for example) they had to put on a pair of oven mitts and try to unwrap the present... only using their hands. They really liked it. The pencil ended up breaking at some point in the madness though.
Print off some Christmas colouring pages and there you have it... you sir (or ma'am) have yourself a great party that took you no time at all to plan.
Are you having a Christmas Party in your classroom?
What are you doing for your Party?
Let me know in the comments!