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Year End Class Party

Year End Class Party

& So it’s that time of year again …. it’s time for our Year End Class Party.

If you were a fly on my classroom wall you would see me planning for this very special day: for a picnic lunch and afternoon in the park.

This year I have decided to record my thoughts and ideas in the form of a post on my blog. In doing so not only will I be able to share what I have “found” & have the information saved for years to come  … but I will hopefully be read by & acquire ideas from the many fabulous teachers and party planners out there.

The Party

When we arrive at the park my students will enjoy some free time while I set up for our lunch and games. I have invited the students to bring picnic blankets, soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, bats, hula hoops,  skipping ropes, whatever they like!

At noon we will have lunch. This year the students have opted for McDonald’s Happy Meals … fine by me! They are a meal in a box!
Parents have already offered to bring/donated water, fruit, popcorn, cookies and ice cream bars … all nut safe of course.

After lunch it’s time to play some games! Some games include prizes bought at The Dollar Store …. I love The Dollar Store!

(Most of these games are familiar to us all … I have not included some related sites.)

(A) Individual &/or Relay Games:

1. Egg and Spoon Race 

2. Crab walk with a shoe placed on the child’s tummy

3. Whistling Cracker Game (http://www.ehow.com/how_2350728_play-cracker-whistle.html)

4. Blow the Biggest Bubble Gum Bubble

5. How many socks you can put on in 60 seconds? (I have never had enough socks to do this … but I have included it because I think that it looks like fun!!!!!)

6. Two man race with a balloon held between their shoulders (no hands allowed)

7. Straw Lifesaver Race (http://www.free-party-games.com/lifesaverrace.html)

8. Barnyard Animal Game (find all the other children in the group making the same animal sound that you are)

9. Move the Hula Hoop (http://www.ehow.com/how_4550635_have-hula-hoop-relay.html)

10. Bucket & Sponge Relay Race (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/game/game-526.asp)

11. Duck-Duck-Goose

& now ….  Before anyone argues that McDonald’s is an unhealthy option … well, please consider the following:
First, we are not eating McDonald’s every day. Secondly, Happy Meals are convenient (literally a meal in a box … plus a toy 😉 and everyone in my class likes them. Lastly, please consider the following:
“Canadian Milestones”:

“·  1977 McDonald’s first [ http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/community/mchappy_day.aspx ]McHappy Day raised more than $460,000 for local children’s charities.”

“·  1981 The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Toronto, providing a home-away-from-home for families with children undergoing treatment for cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Today, there are 12 Ronald McDonald Houses in cities across Canada.”

“1987 McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited marked its 20th Anniversary, and with the generous support of its customers, raised $1.5 million for Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour.”

“·  2004 McDonald’s launches the Balanced Lifestyles Initiative- a national consumer wellness campaign aimed at Canadians of all ages focusing on three key areas: additional menu choice, consumer education and the promotion of physical activity. “

“·  2004 McDonald’s introduces the 10 Cent Happy Meal program, in which 10 cents from every Happy Meal purchased is donated to [ http://www.rmhc.ca ]Ronald McDonald House Charities.”
([ http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/aboutus/mcdCanada_milestones.aspx ]http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/aboutus/mcdCanada_milestones.aspx)

– Check out “Sports Sponsorships” at [ http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/aboutus/sport.aspx ]http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/aboutus/sport.aspx

– Check out what McDonald’s is doing to help the environment at and the company’s policy about protecting the rain forest at [ http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/aboutus/faq.aspx ]http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/aboutus/faq.aspx “


Easy Games to Play at Home or in the Classroom at a Moments Notice

Easy Games to Play at Home or in the Classroom at a Moments Notice
(With little or no materials …)

If you were a fly on my classroom wall
you would see these games being played n the classroom throughout the school year. Enjoy!

(Please note that these games are just for fun &  some are clearly more appropriate for the school yard or the home … )


*Broken telephone
*Memory game: Show children a number of items on a tray. Cover the tray. Have students record as many items as they can remember. Who is able to remember the most?
*Bubble gum blowing contest: Who can blow the biggest bubble?
*Cracker Whistle: Give children three crackers. On the count of three chew the crackers. The first child to whistle is the winner.
*Egg & spoon replay race. Place an egg on a spoon and run! Don’t drop it 😉
*Feather Race: Each person gets a feather (or have a relay race). Place the feather on the floor and blow it across to the other side of the room. The first person to cross the finish line wins!
*Opposite Simon Says. Play Simon Says, the added challenge being that the children have to do the opposite of what Simon Says!
*Balloon relay race: In teams of two: Place a balloon between two people’s shoulders and have them run as fast as they can without dropping the balloon.
*Shoe Toss: Who can throw a shoe the farthest? (Yes! It’s as simple as that!)
*Snowball Fight: Two teams. Everyone crumples up three pieces of paper form the recycling bin. Use a skipping rope to create a dividing line down the middle of the room. On the count of three students toss their “snowballs” onto the other side of the room for 30 seconds. If it snowball lands on “your side” pick it up and throw it back! The side with the fewest number of snowballs wins. Wonderfully exhausting!
*Musical chairs
*Paper planes. Give each student a piece of paper form the recycling bin. Have them make their own paper airplanes. You can award points for longest flight, further flight, or coming closest to a mark.
*Basketball. Two teams. Each student makes a “basketball” out of paper from the recycling bin. Place two “baskets” in the middle of the floor. Have students stand back. Now throw! The first team to get the most baskets wins!
*Talk-Talk: Stand opposite another student. “On your mark – get set – go!” See who can talk the longest … no pausing! No uhms! Lots of giggles! Whoever wins form the pair now “talks against” the winner from another pair.
*Story round robin. Sit in a circle. You start the story, “Once upon a time ….” after 30 seconds the next person in the circle continues on with the story … and so on, and so on, and so on!
*Last Letter, First Letter: Sit in a circle. The teacher says a word. The next student in the circle must say a word that begins with the last letter of the previous word. Keep going. When someone makes a mistake he/she must sit out.
*Making words: Write random letters, a long word or a saying (e.g. “Happy New Year”) on the board. Students must make as many different words as possible using only the letters that appear in the word(s) on the board. Set the time. The student who makes the most words wins.
*Pictionnary (on the board)
*Taboo (teacher assigns the “word”)



Have a peek at this site for additional ideas!!! —-> http://ht.ly/62YQw

Note: One idea for keeping track of games and ideas … and keeping them on hand:
Fishing for Fun
Grab a fish bowl. Bring it into the classroom and create a creative sign that reads “Fishing for Fun”. Every time you think of a game to play or an actvity write it on a cue card/slip of paper and place it into the fishbowl. So now, on those days when you have an extra ten minutes to spare reward a student by giving him/her the opportunity to reach in and pull out a game or activity from the fish bowl!  Voila!