The holidays are fast approaching and if you and the other teachers at your school haven’t already started planning the end-of-year party for your students, it’s time to start! November may have just started, but the Christmas break will be here faster than you know it. If you want to show your students a great time before they leave until the new year, here are some easy ways to achieve holiday party success:
Choose the Venue
Obviously, the holiday party will be at school, but where? In the gym or the classroom? The larger the venue and higher the ceilings, the more options you have for your party games. If you and the faculty decides to host individual parties in their own classrooms, decide if you want to push your desks out of the way to make room for the activities or if you want to rent tabletop games, such as table bowling or table soccer. If you decide to throw a school-wide party in the gymnasium, surprise your little ones with an inflatable bouncy house, such as our popular Fortress.
Avoid Sugar for as Long as You Can
Unless there’s a severe allergy or your students have very strict parents, there’s no avoiding an upsurge in the sugar intake in the last week of school. From homemade baked goodies to candy canes, kids always manage to find something sweet to chew on. While you can’t entirely escape the post-sugar crazies, there are some ways to postpone it. For instance, resist giving your students sugar until the very end of the day when they can go home and burn off their energy in the snow. If you do decide to make your children something sweet, give them reduced sugar treats, or eliminate sugar altogether.
Keep Them Busy
Treat your students to festive activities that are fun or educational…or both! Help them make handmade Christmas or Hanukkah ornaments for their parents, or show them how to design a heartfelt holiday card or paper garlands. Once they’re all finished gluing and cutting and colouring and designing their cards and ornaments, why not challenge them to a game of Giant Connect 4, Giant Pickup Sticks or the hilarious Spoon and Egg Relay Game. If (and hopefully when) your students tire themselves out, gather everyone around for a story.
Teach Students About Other Holidays
Of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas. Unlike parents and grown-ups who try to respect other traditions while celebrating their own, children have yet to pick up on that nuance. For students who celebrate Christmas, they are especially curious about kids who don’t. Instead of treading too delicately around your students, why not share with them how other cultures and religions celebrate this time of year? If your classroom is multi-cultural, allow students to introduce their own traditions to the class. Incorporating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Yule will make your festivities more diverse, interesting, inclusive, and accepting.
It’s the last day of the semester and the last time you’ll be seeing your students for weeks. As excited as you are to enjoy the holidays and spend time with your family, your students are one hundred times more excited than that. Don’t expect to get any work done in the last few hours before the bell rings. This should be the one time where you and your students are allowed to let loose, play games, enjoy yourselves, and relax.
Did you know that Amuz offers party rentals all year long? Check out our catalogue of inflatable and skill games, or contact us for more information.