Hello. Our first kindergarten party is under our belt and went wonderfully! We were able to have a costume parade through the halls, play five games, eat snack, and pass out A GOB of favors in about 1 hour and ten minutes! You know your room mammas are cut out for the job when they can pull that off!
So first, the logistics of it all….then my personal experience.
They started out parading through the halls while our mammas dished out chips and salsa supplied by the PTO. We also had a birthday so one student brought mini cupcakes (I just closed my eyes and pretended I didn’t see them…healthy eating guidelines and all that). A half hour in they were broke into groups of 7-8 students to play the games.
One mamma had a timer set to eight minutes, they would switch games, reset timer and repeat. They really get through faster than you would think! Everyone was able to play everything at least twice!
So here are our rotating games.
Harvest Party Game One:
A mamma brought a game that she hot glued cups on a foam board and decorated super cute, then items were added that were won if you landed a ping pong ball in the cup. I don’t take pics at the school, so you’ll have to use your imagination…
The game helpers were getting a bit down in the back so they ended up just letting the students pick from the prize bag if they got it. I prefer that method, anyway (my daughter still chose a jack-o-lantern pencil…since then she’s learned that if I go to sweeping I’m not going to bend over to pick up those items that I don’t really want around anyway so mayby she’ll choose differently next time…maybe).
Harvest Party Game Two:
I mentioned the “healthy eating” thing earlier, right? Silly me decided that I wanted to make a game that you put suckers in, then played as a ring toss game…winning the sucker. I’ve made such a big deal about the candy thing that, even though the other mammas said it would be no big deal, I WAS NOT going to be the one to break the rule! I told everyone that whatever was brought needed to be in ahead of time if it was loose so I could package it all together, or they could bring items that were packaged (taped, stapled, zipped, tied…whatever). It had to be clear that we had no intention of students having access to the items during school hours (they can take home and have anything at their parents discretion). So I made the game with that intention, but we played it just allowing them to pick a prize.
I used foam board and tried my best to avoid drawing but somehow learned to draw pumpkins. Foam board apparently curls when you glue sheets of anything to it, so it wasn’t perfect, but they liked it!
I used a cake decorating tip (I’m pretty sure the sharp prongs were supposed to be bent inward at the factory so you probably don’t have this one. Use whatever you have…) to work an angled hole through, then inserted a straw.
(Warning: my house was a hot mess during this whole party construction…so just ignore it)
I hot-glued the straw in place on the back, then trimmed it up. I had one melt, but all in all it worked well. The straws were so that the suckers could easily be reloaded.
Without the sucker the glow bracelets we were playing with were impossible to get on the apple tree part, but I had got these rubber bracelets for prizes and just used them here, instead. It was still challenging, but if you threw toward the back they bounced enough to snag a pumpkin below pretty much every time.
The whole thing is assembled with grooves cut that interlock.
Harvest Party Game 3:
This was super simple to put together! The whole goal is to throw plastic spider rings at it…they stick right on! I can not believe I didn’t get a pic with any on there!
Use the really cheap webbing and just tighten it up in a quilting hoop.
You could really just string it across anything and play if you wanted.
I had this sticker mural on the wall of tree and it peels and has folded places…it just was never really high quality decorating.
I stuck the branch pieces right on there. My mom thought it was electrical tape so that would totally be an option to get this look!
The fake leaves just naturally stay in place. I just added all the tree stuff to make it look fall -ish and add a bit of challenge. The spider rings stick so easily that I wanted somewhere to hit that wouldn’t stay….they still always end up finding somewhere to grab.
Whole Class Games:
I used the same method as with the pumpkin favors (based on the idea from OneLittleProject.com and added forest animal stickers (in matching pairs) to the bottom. It wasn’t hard…just time consuming! This time I covered the stems using green party streamer (crepe paper?).
Too many pumpkins! Keep in mind, on top of the eighty I made for this game, I made forty for our other two classes. We had five groups each with seven matching pairs.
Play it just like any matching game! I took extras in case there were students who didn’t make matches and there ended up being one. I used them up sort of evening things up. Every table had one kid that had like 3 sets and every one else just one. That still meant that they had two pumpkins…but I just gave them all another one.
Group Game 2:
We had time to play the Save the Scarecrow hangman game! They maybe were a bit young…but it was only taken as a time killer just in case. They wanted to play again and again, though!
Okay…I’m going to have to make another post later about how it all went for me. Baby is awake!
‘Til next time!