May has arrived! And do you know what that means? The End of the Year is NEAR! And you know what else that means? It’s time to start planning for the end of year Classroom Party!
The last day of school is usually so chaotic with all the normal end of year to dos (like packing up your classroom and planning for end of year student gifts) but then throw in a classroom party with hyped up kids and parents taking up space in your room and you’ve really got yourself an overwhelming situation.
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But then, that final bell rings. Your kiddos give you those big bear hugs as they walk out the door. You hear the buses rumble alive as you line up along the bus route to wave goodbye to those sweet kiddos you just spent the last nine months with and a big HELLO to SUMMER! And it’s all worth it!
Okay, okay…let’s not get too ahead of ourselves…like I said, it’s only May
Classroom Party Ideas
So now it is time to start thinking about those classroom parties, plan with your team, and get those letters sent home to inform parents about what you will be doing. I want to share with you some fun and guilt free ideas for classroom parties that you can use this year!
Before we get started, I’ll share a little bit of my heart behind this post. This post is not meant to be judgmental or shame anyone for the types of parties you have thrown in the past. However, I feel really strongly about what we teach our kids when it comes to healthy habits.
It seems like, within the school system, anytime we have something to celebrate we do so by involving food. And a lot of times that food is junk food. Cupcakes for birthdays. Cookies, chips, brownies, and a veggie tray for parties. But really…how many kids pick much from the veggie tray? Not many. Any time there is a school event kids come able to buy individual bags of chips and cookies, nachos, desserts. I never see any fruit at these events.
And it just makes me sad. As teachers we are supposed to teach these kids. I also think that means teaching them about how to make healthy choices that will provide them with healthy bodies. When we give them tons of junk food options and celebrate the idea that junk food = fun, I think we are doing them a big disservice.
I want to encourage you to think outside of the boundaries of the “typical party food” and provide your students with some more healthy options that promote healthy choices. When you look at the obesity rate in our country and the data that supports how negatively things like food dye and preservatives affect a child’s brain, I don’t understand how we can continue to feed our kids this junk!
This post is meant to encourage you in that quest. I want to give you some ideas that allow you to feel good about how you are celebrating with your students and don’t break the bank either (cause I am not a big fan of spending a ton of money on your classroom or kids, if it is not necessary.)
10 Fun and Guilt Free Ideas for a Classroom Party
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Let’s get to it! Here are 10 days for guilt free and FUN classroom party ideas
- Create a craft with your students to commemorate their year in your classroom
- Yogurt bar full of toppings- extra tip, do a “healthy eating” seminar with your class or grade level the day before
- Water day- students bring their swimsuits and turn on sprinklers on the field. Physical movement + watering the grass = solid idea!
- Movie and popcorn (but instead, pop whole kernels of corn in a brown paper bag to avoid all the butter, salt, and preservatives from the store bought bags of popcorn)
- Rainbow food party- A week or two before the end of the year, challenge your students to brainstorm fruits and vegetables that are all colors of the rainbows. Then have students bring in those items on the last day and celebrate by painting rainbows
- End Of Year Skit- have your kids practice and perform an End Of Year Skit for the parents
- Picnic On the Patio- students bring a picnic lunch, teacher brings a picnic blanket. Easy peasy!
- Outdoor Party- pick up some kites, chalk, and bubbles from the dollar store. Tack this on to the picnic and you’ve got yourself a summer picnic event!
- Tie Die Party- Have students bring a white shirt in and then haveÂ parents donate dye and squirt bottles. You could also do this as a team and use any remaining team money to purchase materials (may want to do this one a few days earlier and wear the shirts on the last day and let kids sign them)
- Mustache Party- decorate the classroom with mustaches, play mustache games (like pin the mustache on your teacher!)
(I’ve searched high and low for a picture of my mustache party where we played “pin the mustache on Ms. Buchtien” but I am sad to report that I can’t find any)
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What fun and guilt free parties have you thrown for your students at the end of the year? I’d love to hear them! Comment below and share your ideas!
Our second grade team is doing a health food seminar the week before school is out thanks to a local non-profit in our community! This will tie in great to the yogurt bar party we have done the last couple of years. I may even suggest the rainbow party as well- sounds fun!
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