Create a winter wonderland for your students with the simple decorating ideas that follow.
Gingerbread House Prop - Your students will love this cute Gingerbread House Prop! This is something you can use all winter, not just at Christmas. It can be a fun place to have activities, read books, or have a Christmas photo shoot. You can then send the photos home for the parents...maybe in one of the Festive Frames craft idea shown below.
Table Decorations - Cover tables with a red Plastic Tablecloth, scatter some holiday Confetti, and then add some red and green Hershey®'s Kisses® and metallic Gossamer down the center of the table.
Add a touch of winter to your party by attaching Snowflakes to the walls and ceiling of the classroom.
Holiday Balloons - an inexpensive, easy, and jazz up the classroom in a snap!
Ornaments - Put an Ornament at each place setting - this will work as both a cute table decoration and as your favor. Or fill a bowl with a variety of ornaments as your centerpiece and ask each student to take one home.
Children look forward to the games and activities as much as they anticipate the treats at a holiday party! Many of the ideas that follow are simple to execute, and are guaranteed to please. When planning a classroom party for younger children (under 10), or if you are working with a limited amount of time, we recommend you divide your activities into "stations". Recruit enough parents/helpers to work at each station, and divide the children into small groups-four to five in each group works best. Have the party guests spend no more than 10-15 minutes at a station, then ring a bell and have everyone rotate.
A VISIT FROM ST. NICK - Recruit a dad or a grandpa to dress as Santa Claus and have in pop in for an "unexpected" visit! Give him little Favors or treat bags to hand out to all the students. Your students will love it and it makes a wonderful photo opportunity as well!
CHRISTMAS CAROLING - Rediscover the simple joy of singing carols! Prepare a sheet of paper with the lyrics to some favorites, and have copies for all the students. Visit various classes in the school and serenade them with the songs of the season! A sure way to put everyone in the holiday spirit!
GIFT EXCHANGE - Specify a dollar limit for the gift ($5.00-$10.00 is perfectly appropriate) and ask each child to bring a wrapped gift without a tag. Stack all the gifts together. When you are ready to begin the gift exchange, have each guest draw a number out of a Santa Hat. The guest who draws number "1" selects a gift from the pile, and opens it. The guest who draws number "2" has the option of stealing the gift from number "1", or choosing another unwrapped gift from the pile. Continue until the last guest has chosen or stolen a gift. Great fun!
SECRET SANTA - If you are a looking for a way to spread holiday cheer in the classroom--try involving everyone in a secret Santa activity. This can be a week-long or a one-day activity. Each person's name is put into a hat, and then each individual randomly draws a different name from the hat. Determine a price range for the "secret" gifts (can be anywhere from $2.00-$20.00, depending on the age and spending power of your group). Gifts should be wrapped and delivered anonymously to the recipient. If the activity is taking place over a week-long period, you may choose to have the "Secret Santa" reveal him or herself as the "giver" on the final day.
FESTIVE FRAMES - Start with simple, inexpensive Acrylic Frames, and add a special border to the outside edge. Consider adding a border of jingle bells, tiny bows made of holiday ribbon, miniature ornaments, fun foam cut into special shapes, or use puffy paint or a gold paint pen to write a Christmas verse or message of thanks around the edge
GINGERBREAD ORNAMENTS - Cut felt in shapes to resemble gingerbread people out of brown felt (trace shapes out of cookie cutters). Decorate with white puffy fabric paint, colorful buttons, and Rickrack. Add a thin red or green ribbon tie to the top with a hot glue gun, and you'll have a delightful gingerbread ornament for the tree, or to use as a gift tag.
SWEET WREATHS - Make wreaths out of peppermints! Begin with a Styrofoam wreath that is at least 2" thick. Using straight pins, attach the wrapper ends of starlight mints (red and white) in a circle around the wreath. (Make sure the children are supervised or have help when using the pins!) Start on the outside edge, and work your way in to the center of the wreath. Add a bright red or green Gossamer Streamer bow.
"HAND-SOME" WREATH - A fun craft and warm memento for parents to cherish! Have children trace one of their hands, and cut out 14-18 copies of it in green construction paper. (Some grown-up help with cutting will be necessary.) Arrange the hands into a wreath like circle, and glue together. Add a red bow, and a few jingle bells.
HO, HO, HOLD YOUR TONGUE - Give each student a bag or stocking with 10 small treasures in it (candy, chocolates, little favors). Have bags labeled with players' names, so they don't get mixed up. The the players know at the start of the game exactly when the game will be ending - this game can be played throughout the entire party if you so choose. The object of the game is catch fellow players saying on of the following words or phrases: SANTA, REINDEER, SNOW, CHRISTMAS, ORNAMENTS, PRESENTS. To help players, prominently post the words on a board where they can see them often. If someone is caught saying one of these words, that person has to give up a treasure from their stash. The player with the biggest haul of goodies at the end of the game is the winner! This game is always a big hit.
RUDOLPH WITH YOUR NOSE SO BRIGHT – Borrowing from the concept of the tried and true game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, we suggest a fun game of "Rudolph with your nose so bright"! Draw an outline of a reindeer on a brown piece of poster board. Use a 2" ball of red Playdough, a construction paper cutout, or a red foam clown nose as Rudolph's nose. Blindfold each participate as his/her turn arrives, spin, point in the right direction, and watch your reindeer light up a wintry night!
SANTA SCRAMBLE – Divide the class into two equal teams. Create two starting lines with masking tape, and place two wrapped packages about 10-15 yards away. Line the teams up with the Santa Clause Suit at the starting line. At the signal to begin, the first player on each team quickly dresses up, runs the course, and then returns the wardrobe to the next player. The first team to complete the course wins. A Santa Hat, oversized T-shirt, pillow for stuffing the tummy, big black boots, and a sack full of toys will lead to holly jolly fun.
Your students will love this cute Santa Dots themed tableware at their classroom party. You can find this tableware and everything you need to decorate your room and serve your Christmas goodies here: Christmas Party Supplies
SNACK IDEAS - The following snacks are easy to make, and many are simple enough for children to make. Some can do double duty, and work well as table decorations or crafts…and then gobbled in your harvest feast.
SHAPES OF THE SEASON
SWEET JELL-O® TREATS
Have a GREAT Christmas Class Room Party!
Article thanks to: Everything Elementary
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