End of Year Class Party Ebook from FamilyFun and SignUp.com
End of Year
Must Haves from
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.
■ 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
■ 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!
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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
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Teacher Appreciation Checklist
✔ Keep it simple meaningful
✔ Survey the teacher for likes
✔ 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
• Class photo album/scrapbook
✔ Encourage students to write their
teacher a card
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Planning Gift Ideas
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.
Garden of Gratitude
1. Download our flower circle template from
family funmag.com/printables. 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,
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.
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
5. Bake the vase according to the clay
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.
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