Celebrate the winter season with a classroom party! I’m here to share all my tricks, tips, and go-to winter party activities so your students (and you) enjoy the classroom party. Parties are supposed to be FUN so let’s get started. If you need Classroom Christmas Party Ideas check out THIS POST.
Eat first! Wash the tables and have students wash their hands right before the party starts. Then place a piece of winter-themed wrapping paper on the table to make it festive. Doing this also makes clean up super easy.
Have parents sign up to bring in specific things or you will have so many sweet treats the party will be crazy with sugar-filled kiddos. Since I own my own preschool, I include party snacks in the registration fee so I provide all the party snacks.
Do an easy trail mix with pretzels, Chex cereal, marshmallows a sweet treat or cookie, fruit pouch or fruit cup, and water. This plan works well for me. It is simple, inexpensive, and not a ton of sugar. Place a winter sticker on the fruit cup or pouch and make the trail mix ahead of time to make it quick to set out.
Craft! I like to always do a quick, take-home craft like these snowflakes. Use foam snowflakes (or any winter foam shape) from the dollar store or Michaels. Decorate them using foam stickers winter confetti, sticker gems (Walmart), and permanent markers. My other go-to craft is to make bracelets using cut-up winter colored straws and pony beads on a pipe cleaner!
Quick tip: before the party begins, place each activity on a tray to make transitions quick. Organization like this makes set up/clean up easy too!
For another fun, hands-on activity, create snowy winter trees with sugar ice cream cones, icing, and some sweet treats (coconut flakes, marshmallows, winter colored sprinkles). You can read all the details on how to make them on Fantastic Fun and Learning HERE. Since you know kiddos are going to lick the icing, make sure each child has their own cup of icing and treats.
Building with cups is always a hit in my classroom so why not show families how smart their kiddos are with a cup building STEM challenge. Students build a snowy tree with green plastic cups and cotton balls (aka snowflakes). Students can build, design, and engineer a giant snowy tree with their friends and family.
A snowball toss can be fun at a party too! Take a circle laundry basket and clip a hat to the top with binder clips. Cut foam circles for eyes and mouth. Use a carrot from dramatic play for the nose. Place tape across the top (sticky side down) and attach the face pieces.
Students simply take turns tossing snowballs in the snowman. To help students wait in line, put a piece of tape on the ground as a visual so students know where to stand. Make a small “x” with the tape to show students where to stand when they throw. Visuals are a GAME CHANGER so students know what to do!
Go ice skating! Play the song “Let it Snow” or other wintery songs, and students can skate around the classroom on paper plates (aka ice skates). It’s simple, fun, and gives students an opportunity for everyone to move at once (no waiting involved).
You are ready to plan your party! Pick your favorites and decide on what you think will work best with your group of students!
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