Today we had our winter party for my son’s fifth grade class and it was a blast! I over-planned and we didn’t get to it all. Well…I over-planned for not really having a plan. I really just had too much there to do in an effort to not run out, without any plan of what order we would do any of it! We had some family fun this evening, though, so all-in-all it was a success!
I had several, but we only got to two. While half of our class made snow balls, the other half separated into groups of four or five and played Roll-A-Snowman.
You can find my Roll-A-Snowman here to print!
I also used printable dice from Crayola to complete the game, but any dice would work.
Super fun! I’ve seen several versions of this, but the one I liked reminded me a bit of UNO. Blissful Roots has a free printable version that includes other commands than just snowman parts. You may get skipped, draw on someone else’s or other things. Much more fun for older kids. I made up my own instructions, although I’m sure if you compared them I was quite inspired by hers. I just did my own cause I’m me.
We didn’t really have time for it, but the teacher helped me orchestrate one super quick Mad-Lib style winter song before the bell rang!
The kids always love mad-libs. I do too, but the ones that are popular songs seem even funnier!
Later at home we also played a fun game where you give instruction to draw a snowman, and everyone follows along, drawing on a paper plate on top their head! I really wanted to do that at school…maybe next year!
It was a lot of fun! You’re welcome to print my version of the Snowman Drawing Game instruction sheet, if you’d like! Just make sure you use markers and the “paper” back side of the plate if the front is wax-coated. Pens and pencils don’t really work.
For our activity we made Surprise Soap Balls.
We divided our class in half for the purpose of only having half the room to clean up after this!
Each student was given a bowl with 1 cup of shredded Ivory soap and a small cup of water. The instructions were to add the water a few tablespoons at a time and work the damp shredded soap until it could easily hold together.
Then they were to add a trinket gift and form the ball around it. Just pack a tight ball just like you would a snowball!
The trickiest part of this for me was finding water proof things that fifth graders would actually want. Little animals or dinosaurs would work for younger kids, but 10-11 years are nearing that dreaded tween area.
I went with emoji stuff (bouncy balls and bracelets). The bracelets I ordered from Amazon had a nice assortment that wasn’t too girly. My instinct was right…the poo ones were in demand!
I put a rubber band around the bracelets because I thought if we wadded them up in the middle of the snowman they might create pressure trying to un-wad (is that a word?). So this way they were nice and tight and our balls had a chance to harder without inside pressure. Make sense?
Most dumped all of their water immediately, so myself and another mother helped them pour off the excess. It wasn’t a big deal, it was just a bit messier and our girls were panicking a bit. For no reason, but none-the-less, it took longer to complete.
Of course, as they finished they had to go wash their hands. Rinse their hands is a better description, as their hands were covered in soap!
The “snow” soap balls were then slid into sandwich bags and passed out at the end of the party, so nobody knew exactly which toy they had.
Food and Drink:
Our school PTO supplies the food at our parties so the rooms with no parents to help aren’t left out. I guess in the past there have been rooms having full on pizza parties and others with nothing! So the PTO supplied cupcakes, and a few of us pitched in on punch. Simple rainbow sherbet in Sprite. The kids loved it, but it was a bit more expensive than our usual Capri Suns. That’s going to have to be a once a year type of thing!
Hope you are inspired for your next class party or even family game night! Let me know if you try any of it…or have before…or have another idea I can use next time for older kids. It gets harder as they get older!
‘Til next time!