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Old 11-18-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I am not a very creative person at all and am the head room parent for my sons 1st grade class and I have to come up with ideas for his holiday party. We have to have 2 games and 1 artsy thing. I figured for the artsy I would go to Michaels and get some things for decorating your own ornament but not sure what to do for the games. They have to last about 10-15 minutes each. And there are 15 kids in his class so the kids will be split in 3 groups of 5. I though maybe a holiday bingo but not sure what else?
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Canada
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You can play 7up it's lots of fun.

1. Have all the kids put their hands down on their desk covering their eyes and put their thumb up.
2. Choose 7 people to go around and each one of those people must push one of the kids thumbs down.
3. The seven people go back up to the front
4.the children try and guess who touched their thumb
5. the ones who guess right get a turn at being 7 up

You have to play this as a class.

They can also play pictionary or hangman or even simon says.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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Here are some:

Quiet Ball:

Have the kids sit on top of their desks (talk about safety before you do this though)
Use a nerf ball or koosh ball.
One child starts and throws the ball, then the catcher gets to throw next.
If you miss, you are out and sit on your chair.
If you talk, you are out and sit on your chair.
The last person to be *in* wins a small prize from the treasure box.

Guess the leader

The kids sit in a circle. Choose one person to be the guesser (he goes out of the room until we call him). Use a quiet method (cards with names on them or something like that) to choose the leader.
The leader starts doing something and all the kids have to copy him. Then you call in the guesser and he has to guess who the leader is. The leader should change actions and others should follow him to allow the guesser to observe who the leader is.

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar.

Use a small plastic cookie. Sit in a circle. Have the kids chant the song and pass the cookie behind their backs. When the song stops, the person who has the cookie has to keep it hidden. Choose someone who does not have the cookie to guess who has it. They get three guesses. If they guess correctly, they get to start the game. If they don't guess correctly, the person who has the cookie gets to start.

Frosty:

Have several teams of four or five children. When you say, "GO" they should wrap one of the people on their team up in toilet paper (leaving an opening for nose and eyes). Once they've built their "Frosty" they can utilize the hat and construction paper to decorate him with. Put a time limit on decorating. Give a prize for the first completed Frosty, most unique Frosty, ugliest Frosty, cutest Frosty, etc.

Unwrap the Gift (My 3rd grade girl scouts love this too)

Supplies: Box filled with candy Box wrapped many times with different paper Music

How To Play: Children sit in a circle on the floor. While the music is playing the "present" is passed around the circle. When the music stops, one layer of wrapping paper is removed. The music begins again and the process continues until the box is completely unwrapped. The box is then opened and everyone shares the candy.

You can do this as a whole group or in small groups with several boxes. Make sure there is one piece of candy for each child. Make sure to stop the music so that each child has a turn to unwrap a layer.

Have fun!

Dorothy
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: nc
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How about 'pin the star on the tree'? Just like 'pin the tail on the donkey' but with a tree and stars.

Or tree bowling. paint some 2liter soda bottles green and set them up like bowling pins. Have the kids bowl them down. maybe you could use a white ball and have them pretend it is a giant snowball bowling the trees over.
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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There are many games that are great and there are many that sound great until you try them, so consider all aspects before choosing.

I'd ask the teacher what all is being planned for the 'party' time. In our schools party time is supposed to be about the last hour and half of the fun day, which is only 3 hours long (half day school). The party itself involves party food and treats the kids have brought and games and a gift exchange...and that doesn't include school wide caroling, visits to other classrooms for mutual fun things or whatever they might have going on.

Last year in my son's 1st grade, I was there for that day. While they were caroling I was setting up for the class to make gingerbread houses. They each had a pint milk carton (saved from lunches) and enough graham crackers to make 4 walls and the roof. Then there was icing to be used as mortar or "glue", and of course all kinds of candy for decorations. This activity took at least 20 minutes, and some still were not finished when time was up, but they loved it! This was just me and the teacher handling this and it took both of us fully involved to get it done-with 17 kids.

After that they left the classroom to go somewhere for a few minutes (I forget where) in order for us to clean up and get the food/drinks/treats set up. This was done by one other mom and myself. They had things like lunchmeat, cheese, pretzels, grapes, a cookie and a juice box. Several parents arrived after the kids were back in the room eating and this took up probably 25 minutes.

Everyone helped clean this up, then we got them ready to play holiday bingo. This was a homemade bingo set made by the teacher and we played several rounds, letting the first 3 to get bingo to win a prize. We had to end this one earlier than we wanted, so about 15 minutes is all we had time for.

Next, it was story time/gift exchange. They had each brought a wrapped book (supposed to be appropriate for either boy or girl) The kids sat in a circle and held the book they had brought. I read Twas the Night Before Christmas to the kids and each time they heard me read the word 'the' they had to pass their books to the left. When I finished the book, they got to keep the book that was in their hands. That was fun because they sometimes didn't 'catch' the magic word!

The teacher was busy getting treats from her and from parents together to hand out to the kids. After we were done with the story, opening of books and some trading (some were definitely gender specific and landed with the opposite), it was time to pack up. The kids had to get their back packs, clean everything out of their lockers and get all their papers into their bags. Then they had to add in the gift book, treat bags and manage to hold onto their gingerbread house as well. This took at least 15 minutes.

We simply didn't have time to play more than one game (bingo). Also, since we were having to accomplish the craft of gingerbread houses, eat the party food and play a game, adding anything that required lots of moving/energy would have created a type of chaos that isn't needed on that kind of day.

Less activities with longer time to spend is always a good idea on the day the kids are already hyped up over the impending holiday...lol
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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I've done the "Hershey's kiss" game successfully with that age group - during a party where the kids were broken up into 3 groups/stations.

You bring oven mitts (I bought a few cheap Christmas ones from the dollar store) and a few bags of Hershey's kisses. You give the kids 1 minute to unwrap as many as they can, wearing the oven mitts. They get to keep the ones they unwrap -everyone's a winner! It got loud, but it was so much fun - no one minded. Everytime one of those kids saw me, for the remainder of the school year, a few of them would say, "Remember when..." and bring it up.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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You all have great ideas. I wish I had seen this when my kids were that young.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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Wrap a box and play "pass the present" just like hot potato.

Freeze dance. Play Christmas music and when it stops they have to "freeze".

Blitzen, Blitzen, RUDOLPH! Played like duck duck goose.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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Last year in my son's 1st grade, I was there for that day. While they were caroling I was setting up for the class to make gingerbread houses. They each had a pint milk carton (saved from lunches) and enough graham crackers to make 4 walls and the roof. Then there was icing to be used as mortar or "glue", and of course all kinds of candy for decorations. This activity took at least 20 minutes, and some still were not finished when time was up, but they loved it! This was just me and the teacher handling this and it took both of us fully involved to get it done-with 17 kids.
WARNING: I did this craft with my son's 2nd grade class. I thought I had covered all my bases, I made individual ziplock bags of the icing "glue" so we just had to clip off a corner, and I brought cleaner and paper towels to handle the mess afterwards. Despite my best intentions, every single ant in town was in this poor teacher's classroom after the break. She had to hold class in the cafeteria while her room was fumigated. I know, it doesn't speak well of the custodial staff, but this teacher teased me about it for years afterwards.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Just a warning that silent speed ball and heads up 7-up (what we called them in school) may not be considered a fun party game. We played one or the other everytime we had recess inside due to rain. Of course, that wasn't very often. Then again, we also didn't have structured parties. We were just left to do fun things that we wanted to do with the other kids in the class.
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