This is my first year a room parent chair. My first major responsibility of the year happened today, the class Christmas party. I’ve gotta say even though I was stressed about it and worried I wouldn’t have enough for the kids to do it went perfectly. And best of all I managed to have the party with very little money out of my pocket (this is mainly thanks to the extraordinary amount of help from the other parents in the class). I was so busy playing with the kids that I’m sad to say I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures. But I will share with you all what I did to make our party a success and where I got my ideas.
Our class played 3 games: present toss, snowball scooping and opening presents while wearing mittens. These 3 games were a HUGE hit, especially the snowball and opening presents game and they were super cheap!
1 large box (I got mine free by going to Target early one morning and grabbing a box while they were stocking the shelves.)
4 or 5 smaller boxes
Red spray paint
White electric tape
All I did for this game is spray paint the large box red. After the box dried I added white electrical tape around the box to make the box look like a chimney. Then I just wrapped 5 smaller boxes for the kids to toss into the chimney. Super easy and cheap to make since I already had the wrapping paper it cost me around $6 for the spray paint and electrical tape.
Something to use as a blindfold
This game was super easy, cheap and hilarious. I filled one bowl with cotton balls and had an empty bowl right next to it. I blindfolded the kids and had them try to scoop the snowballs (cotton balls) from one bowl to the other. Since the cotton balls are so light they couldn’t tell if they were getting any or not so they got a good laugh at watching each other attempting to scoop these cotton balls. I only spent $1 on the cotton balls for this game and used a scarf as the blindfold to keep with the winter theme.
Present opening with mittens:
Small gifts (The $1 section in Target is the perfect place for these gifts. Can you tell I’m a Target addict?)
Blindfold (for younger kids preK-Kindergarten the blindfold might not be necessary)
I wrapped a small present for each kid in the class. I had the kids wear mittens and a blindfold while they unwrapped their presents. I had originally planned to just have them wear mittens. Luckily I tested this on my daughter (who is 8) at home and she was able to tear right through the present so I decided I needed to blind fold the kids to add a little challenge. The kids loved the chance to open presents and got a good laugh at the challenge I gave them. This was the most expensive game since I paid for the gifts. I spent around $10 on the gifts.