Saturday, December 01, 2012

Party Games and Activities

Don't you just LOVE class parties? I do and there's a couple of games that I love to play each year and you only need a few simple materials: 
  • balloons
  • table tennis balls
  • straws
  • plastic plate, knife and fork
  • dice
  • bar of chocolate
  • prizes for the winners!
All of these games I learned from another teacher so you may have seen them before. I play these games during our end-of-year party so the desks are moved to the side the room leaving a nice big (safe) playing space.

The first game is an oldie but a goodie and you only need balloons. Throw one up in the air and the kids have to try and stop it touching the floor. For an added challenge, throw in more ballons or they can only touch the balloon with a certain body part (e.g. elbows). Split the class in groups and see how long each group can keep it up for and the winning group receives a prize (Freddo frogs or other small chocolates/lollies are always favourites at the end of the year). This game can easily go for a few rounds!

Another game I tried out last year was table tennis ball races! I split the class into groups and stuck down masking tape for the start and end lines. Each group took their turn to line up (most on their hands and knees!) with a straw and a table tennis ball. On go, they have to blow through the straw to push the  ball past the finish line. They found this a real challenge, it's not as easy as it sounds! You could also use balloons from the previous activity instead of the table tennis balls. Of course, the winner of each race has to receive a little prize! We played a few rounds of this - they got better at blowing through the straws each time!

The final game is my fav by far! Chocolate eating competition! All you need is a yummy bar of chocolate, a plastic plate/knife/fork and 2 dice (forgot to take a photo of them!). Everyone sits in a circle with the chocolate on the plate with the knife and fork in the middle. Your kiddies take turns rolling the dice and if they roll a double they get to scoot into the middle and use the knife and fork to start cutting out a square of chocolate. Once they cut one out, they put down the knife and fork and pick up the square with their hands and eat it! Once they finish eating, they can start cutting again and eat as much chocolate as they can before someone else rolls a double. Once someone else rolls a double, they have to put down the knife and fork immediately and go back to their spot so the next person can start.


The kids LOVED this game last year! They didn't even get annoyed when they started to go in the middle and someone rolled a double straight away or if they *just* finished cutting out a piece and before they could pick it up someone rolled a double! It was all just so much fun they didn't mind at all! 

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSEHXXEbuOflfJmWq2uBUsDH_9w5sZXTbFsb6w5CsO0cUuIIFc7uQAlso, these bubble wands are WONDERFUL!! I give them to the kids for their Christmas/end-of-year gift and take them out in the morning before it gets too hot. Seriously, they can play outside for an hour and complain when it's time to come inside!


Our Christmas party is also our end-of-year party because we are finishing up our school year here in Australia for our Summer holidays (10 days to go!).  I'd love to add some more games, activities, crafts, gifts, recipes or other ideas to my repertoire so please comment about your favourite!

6 comments:

  1. I'm attempting to plan my end of year party too and I have no idea where to start - it's my first year teaching!

    Casey
    Adoring Lilly

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  2. Oooo I will have to think of my favourite and link up! Class parties in two weeks for us!

    Alison
    Teaching Maths with Meaning

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  3. A cute game I play at my Christmas party is Pin the Nose on Rudolph! A parent made me a poster board sized Rudolph my first year. Then we just cut out a red nose and put some glitter on it and tape on the back. The kids get blindfolded and have to try to "pin the nose" on Rudolph. They love it!

    Just wanted to share :)!!

    Bri
    The Price of Teaching

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    1. That sounds like an awesome game Brianna! The kids would be sure to love it! I think we'll play this game during our party!

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  4. Our end of year 'do' is a huge combined Year 1 party. Starting out with a friendly picnic lunch shared with family out under the trees it will suddenly erupt into a 'flash mob dance' with all of the little Year 1er's (and we have 124 of them) performing in a mob. The performance is outside and covers all the songs and dances we have learnt during the year. Fingers crossed for the weather - not at all wanting last weeks heat wave again...and only 5 days to go!!!

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    1. That sounds like so much fun! I remember learning dances and songs for our Christmas Under the Stars performance when I was a kid. Sounds great just doing it for the parents. Fingers crossed for cooler weather!

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