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End of Year Class Party Ebook from FamilyFun and


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End of Year Class Party Ebook from FamilyFun and

  1. 1. End Of Year PARTIES
  2. 2. End of Year Must Haves from magazine Our exclusive guide for class parents has all you need to help your students celebrate the last days of school. Read on to find silly (and smart) party activities, class-friendly nibbles, and heartfelt gift ideas for the teachers who made this an unforgettable school year.
  3. 3. ■ Ask the teacher for the class party start and end times ■ Create a class party SignUp for parents to help with: •Decorating and setup •Snacks and beverages •Crafts, games, and activities ■ Alert snack parents about food allergies ■ Keep decorations simple—think paper tablecloths and balloons ■ Remember cleanup supplies (trash bags, paper towels, etc.) ■ Use a kid's wagon to carry supplies through campus ■ Remind parents to set phones to silent ■ Ask a parent to take pictures ■ Have FUN! The kids will have a special day no matter what happens! Room-Parent Party Checklist ✔
  4. 4. Save Time With FREE Class Party SignUps! • More parents pitching in means more FUN for everyone! • Quick, easy setup for room parents and teachers. Parents choose what to bring and how to help from anywhere on any device. • No passwords needed! • Plus, automated reminders keep everyone on track! Try it now:
  5. 5. End of Year Activities Paper Airplane Race Now departing: your kids’ boredom, courtesy of this nonstop paper airplane game. Begin by having everyone fold a plane. In an open area, mark start and finish lines with plastic cones or other bright objects. At “Go,” the players launch their planes toward the finish. When the aircraft land, players race to toss them toward the line again, continuing until both planes and players reach their final destination. Repeat until a lemonade refueling stop is needed.
  6. 6. Keep the kids happy at your holiday party with a no-mess project. Using our template, cut face pieces and hooves from dark and light brown felt. Adhere each hoof with dou- ble-sided tape to a packaged candy cane. Letters On The Lawn 1. For a 72-piece game set, purchase a 4- by 8-foot sheet of Masonite from a home improvement store (ours was 3/16 inch thick, about $14 at Lowe’s). At the store, have it cut into 8-inch squares (you may be charged a service fee). 2. Wipe each square with a damp cloth, let it dry, and apply a 6-inch press-on vinyl letter to it. We used two 48-letter sets ($8.99 each at Staples), discarding duplicates of less commonly used letters (Q, X) and including all the vowels.
  7. 7. Water Balloon Math Have a Ball 1. Sandwich skewers within folded strips of duct tape to make four or five flags. With a permanent marker, write numbers (these will be the solutions to the problems, so choose them based on your kids’ math-skill levels). 2. Lay hula hoops or circles of rope on the ground and insert the flags, as shown. 3. Fill balloons with water (big box stores sell kits with a hose attachment, making this step really easy). On the balloons, write problems with answers that match the flag numbers.
  8. 8. End Of Year Snacks Say goodbye to the school year with these edible chalkboards. Use a toothpick to etch a message into the smooth side of a chocolate bar. Sprinkle the bar with confectioners’ sugar, then gently rub it into the etched letters. Chocboards Wipe away the excess sugar with a damp paper towel. Roll caramel chew candies into thin strips and trim them to fit the edges. Moisten the strips with a damp paper towel and press them into place. Add white sprinkles for chalk.
  9. 9. We’ve done the math, so we know you can count on this cute calculator to add fun to the last day of school. To make one, use a serrated knife to trim a graham cracker sheet into a shorter rectangle (ours are about 3½ inches long). Cut a rectangle from a plain chocolate bar and attach it with chocolate frosting. Trim away the tips from three butterscotch, chocolate, or white chocolate chips. Use more frosting to attach them, along with nine MM’s Minis candies, as shown. You may want to make one for each kid, as this calculator breaks if you try division! Graham Cracker Calculator
  10. 10. Fruit Wands Serve this healthy frozen treat on a sizzling hot day and watch it magically disappear. Use a star cookie cutter (ours was 1 ½ inches) to cut a shape from a thick slice of kiwi, cantaloupe, or pineapple. Thread several grapes onto a bamboo skewer, then add the star to the top. Place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic, and freeze until hardened, about two hours.
  11. 11. Graduation Cap Fruit Dips Here’s a simple, allergy-free snack for a year-end classroom party. Cut 3 1/4-inch squares from colored card stock and add a message with paint pen. Punch a hole in one corner and secure two short lengths of ribbon as shown. With glue dots, attach the mortarboards to the top of fruit or applesauce cups and add a pair of googly eyes.
  12. 12. Teacher Appreciation Checklist ✔ Keep it simple meaningful ✔ Survey the teacher for likes dislikes ✔ Check school policies on gifts ✔ Get lots of parents involved with teacher appreciation activities like: • End of school brunch/potluck • Class group gift • Digital End of School card from parents • Class photo album/scrapbook ✔ Encourage students to write their teacher a card ✔ Use free, online class party SignUps Planning Gift Ideas
  13. 13. End Of Year Gifts What to do: Place an open notebook on the back of the artwork. Using a pencil, trace around the book leaving a ½-inch border. Cut out, using scissors. Coat the outside of the notebook with a glue stick. Holding the notebook open, press the spine down on the back of the artwork, then press down the covers. Smooth wrinkles. Cut out a notch at the top and bottom of the cover’s spine, and cut a diagonal line at the four corners. Glue down each corner, then fold over and glue down each edge along the inside of the book. Repeat process, using clear Con-Tact paper. Art-Covered Journal
  14. 14. Garden of Gratitude 1. Download our flower circle template from family Make copies so that you’ll have one flower per student. 2. Cut out the circles. Give one to each student in your child’s class, with a note asking them to decorate their flower and write a thank-you message on it. 3. Decorate a 4-inch-wide round papier- mâché box (found at many craft stores). Include a note inside the lid for the teacher, as shown. 4. Fill the box with the finished flowers. Give it to the teacher along with a gift card to an office supply store or a coffee shop, if you like.
  15. 15. Windowsill Vases 1. Use a large marker or any smooth cylinder to roll softened polymer clay (such as Fimo or Sculpey) into a slab that’s about 1/8 inch thick. 2. Press a second color of clay onto the slab, if you like. Use small balls or snakes of clay for dots and stripes. Roll the slab smooth again. 3. Use a clay tool or plastic knife to cut a rectangle about 2 inches by 21/2 inches from the slab. Loosely wrap the rectangle around a finger and smooth the seam closed to form a cylinder. 4. Form a base by placing the cylinder on a 1/8-inch-thick remnant of clay and cutting around it. Smooth the edges of the base to the cylinder, and seal up any holes. Press and smooth the clay walls to shape the vase as desired. 5. Bake the vase according to the clay package directions.
  16. 16. Tissue Box Cover Note: Nail polish is permanent and can emit fumes. Wear a smock and latex glooves and make sure you work in a well-ventilated area. 1. Cover your work surface with newspaper. Place a strip of duct tape across the top inside opening of an unfinished wooden tissue box. Press it firmly to make it watertight. 2. Fill a bucket of plastic bin with water, leaving a few inches at the top (the bin should be deep enoguht to dip the entire box). 3. Choose two or three shade of nail polish. Working very quickly (an adult helper comes in very handy), drip color onto the water's surface (it's better to use the brush than to pour it). Add enough nail polish to cover the entire surface, varying the colors as you go. 4. Hold the box upside down form the inside, and dip it into the water, right up tp (but not over) the bottom edge. Pull it out quickly, and gently place it right side up on the newspaper to dry., toughing the outside as little as possible. Let dry completely. P.S. If you're making multiples, clean the water between dips: Drag a piece of cardboardacross the surface to pick up leftover nail polish.
  17. 17. Save Time with's FREE Online SignUps • Class parties • Field trips • Weekly readers • Potlucks • Performances • Service projects • Fundraisers • Team snacks • Parent conferences For everything you organize:
  18. 18. Check out magazine for more craft ideas, recipes, and activities for kids! Getyour subscriptionat today!