School parties are fun! Everyone looks forward to the activities, social interactions, decorations, and much more. In addition to just being a fun time, classroom parties are a great opportunity for role modeling, too. Teachers, parents, and volunteers can show students that they value eating well and that getting active is important. By showing students that parties can be healthy and still be enjoyable, students learn the value of good health.
An easy way to make celebrations even more special is to have just one party per month. Work with your classroom at the beginning of the year to make a monthly birthday party schedule. That way, parties still seem special, and everyone’s birthday gets recognized.
One simple way to make a classroom party healthy is by celebrating special events without food. Parties should put the emphasis on fun activities, like crafts or games, rather than food. Games and activities can get students even more excited about the party than would food! Kids just love to have a break from schoolwork; they’re not concerned that food will be served at the celebration.
Fun Party Activities! • Bingo • Charades • Outdoor Adventure • Dance Party • Scavenger Hunt • Extra Recess Time • Crafts • Gym Time
Remember to keep goodies healthy, too. If parents offer to put together grab bags, be sure to fill them with fun things like pencils, small toys, key chains, and craft items instead of candy.