Post # 1
@BridieBea: Hi bees! I am a primary 1 (1st grade) teacher, and I have been tasked with organizing a Christmas party for approx 30 five year olds. The pantomine company who were supposed to be coming had to cancel, so I need some help ASAP. Please guys, I’m counting on you! I have an itinerary but there is some stuff I have not quite worked out yet, could you maybe help me with suggestions/your opinions? The party is Friday.
What do you guys think about this:
9:30 The kids get changed into their party clothes
10:00 They go into the hall and play some big group games (do you think I should give out prizes? What games should we play?)
10:30 Dancing for a while (the hokey cokey, stuff like that)
11:00 We watch some Christmas cartoons with a little popcorn (it’s cheap and easy to make) until they’ve calmed down enough to eat.
11:35 We give them treat stuff (could you suggest some?)
11:50 Could you suggest a calm activity so them don’t get really excited amd vomit?
12:20 They meet santa
12:45 They maybe damce or play gamesagain
1:00 Their parents come to collect them and they go home.
Can you guys suggest games, prizes, food and activities? I have £150 to spend from the school, but could domate some of my money for this. Please don’t leave their enjoyment soley in my incompetent hands, I really want them all to have a good time :(.
Post # 3
I would move the treats to after Santa, or better right before they go home. Popcorn will hold them over. What about a coloring page of Santa or have them make a list for him as a calming activity.
Post # 4
@BridieBea: First, take a deep breath. This is not as difficult as it seems and you’ll have help.
I would give them longer to play games and organize the games into stations along with crafts. Create smaller groups. Each group will be doing something different. These will take up the bulk of time. Bring them back together for a sit down cartoon/ movie with snacks. After they’ve eaten and watched show, then bring in Santa. I think it will take longer than 25 min for 30 kids to individually meet Santa. Return to stations until parents arrive.
Someone else suggested a Polar Express theme and the kids would wear pajamas instead of party clothes. I think that’s way better than party clothes for 1st graders. Give it a thought!
Post # 5
i don’t know how much your budget is for this, but a good idea is to get some christmas mold [or an actual kit], or you could just form balls for ornaments – out of rice cripies, and have them decorate them wiith frosting, candy, or kisses. its fun & fast, and depending on what times of frosting you use [tubes] wouldn’t be too messy.
Post # 6
9:30 Pajamas (here we let them wear pj’s to school)
10:00 -11:30 Stations
11:30- 12:30 Movie w/ snacks, let them bring blankes and pillows, some may actually nap
Return to stations until parents arrive.
(Stations include games, dancing, crafts.)
(Snacks need to include small sandwiches or healthy foods. As in, lunch w/ fun snacks.)
Post # 7
For a calm activity you could have them color a picture guess at or their Christmas tree. Or decorate a cut out paper tree with paper or aments and garlands.
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
One of my favorite games that we played when I was young was this dressing up like Santa race. Basically, you blow up a bunch of balloons with regular air beforehand. Then you get two or three over-sized adult Santa costumes. Then the kids have to race to dress up one of them in the Santa suit. You use the balloons to fill out the costume. It’s super fun because balloons are popping left and right and kids are laughing. Don’t forget the fake beard and Santa hat and even a Santa bag! They can stuff any extra balloons into the bag. First team to finish wins some kind of cheap, inexpensive toy or even something like a jar of jelly beans or other candy. It really is a blast!
Post # 9
Hit up a Dollar Store (or whatever equivalent you may have). They have tons of Christmas themed food and games/toys and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Maybe for their quiet activity they could make cotton ball snowmen.
I still really like the idea of decorating a sugar cookie for their snack.
As for the large group game…
Free Christmas Bingo: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/printablechristmasgames/ss/Christmas-Bingo-Game-Cards.htm
Pin the star on the Christmas Tree: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/miscchristmas/ss/Pin-The-Star-On-The-Christmas-Tree-Game.htm
Christmas Musical Chairs
Christmas Puzzle Game: http://www.partygameideas.com/christmas-games/christmas_puzzle_1.php
Post # 10
All the kids at my sons preschool love temporary tattoos and face/arm painting.
Another ‘station’ could be a fishing game. All you need is a big sheet decorated to look like the ocean, a stick/pole with some string & clothespin, and some presents. Kids usually like that, especially because they know they’ll get a gift!
Post # 11
Some ideas for a “calm activity”
– In anticipation to meeting santa you could have them write letters to santa. They can also draw for this if they are still working on writing skills.
– crafts of various sorts are always good
– make ornaments
– paper cutouts of gingerbread men that the kids can decorate
– peper bag reindeer puppets http://crafts.slides.kaboose.com/326-christmas-crafts
– make and decorate Christmas cards
Post # 12
@jenilynevette: I said in the original post, I have £150 from the school, and I could maybe spend like £50 out of my own pocket (it’s Christmas so I’m skint).
@jjmomma: I think the pj’s idea is actually a good one, but in schools here parents expect their kids to be able to wear their party clothes. Also, most of the parents are busy professional couples (or singles) and I’m worried they might forget we changed the dress code. Worst case secnario: one little girl turns up in a party dress, all of the other little girls are jealous. It happens. I might ask the other teachers tomorrow anyway because I think pj’s are more practical.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
You could also read a christmas story as a calming activity
Post # 14
@BridieBea: Okay bees, you have made some amazing suggestions, but there is a little problem. lots of the things you guys suggested will leave the children sticky. lots of my kids bizarrely hate being sticky, so I was wondering if there was a solution? I’m assuming that after a certain station some kids will need to wash their hands, but going to the bathroom will take too long.
Do you guys think that maybe a few (like, 5 or 6 – maybe one for each group) basins of warm water with either coloured bubbles or bath jelly (or jello if you’re American) would be a good solution? I’m thinking bath jelly might be more practical than sloshy water and easier to quickly clean if spilled. What do you guys think?
Post # 15
@Christy42213: So is it like a group race? Do the kids have to run, get out of the costume then pass it to the next child or do three race against each other at a time? It sounds like a fun game but I just need to work out how to make it work.
Post # 16
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
The kids are broken up into teams. About 5-6 kids per team. One person in the team gets dressed up and the other team members do the dressing. They’re the ones who grab the balloons and stuff them into the suit.
It can either be a race till there’s no balloons left, or it can be a timed race. Say for 3 minutes. And the team with the most balloons in the suit wins.