Year End Class Party
If you were a fly on my classroom wall you would see me planning for this very special day: for a picnic lunch and afternoon in the park.
This year I have decided to record my thoughts and ideas in the form of a post on my blog. In doing so not only will I be able to share what I have “found” & have the information saved for years to come … but I will hopefully be read by & acquire ideas from the many fabulous teachers and party planners out there.
When we arrive at the park my students will enjoy some free time while I set up for our lunch and games. I have invited the students to bring picnic blankets, soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, bats, hula hoops, skipping ropes, whatever they like!
At noon we will have lunch. This year the students have opted for McDonald’s Happy Meals … fine by me! They are a meal in a box!
Parents have already offered to bring/donated water, fruit, popcorn, cookies and ice cream bars … all nut safe of course.
After lunch it’s time to play some games! Some games include prizes bought at The Dollar Store …. I love The Dollar Store!
(Most of these games are familiar to us all … I have not included some related sites.)
(A) Individual &/or Relay Games:
1. Egg and Spoon Race
2. Crab walk with a shoe placed on the child’s tummy
3. Whistling Cracker Game (http://www.ehow.com/how_2350728_play-cracker-whistle.html)
4. Blow the Biggest Bubble Gum Bubble
5. How many socks you can put on in 60 seconds? (I have never had enough socks to do this … but I have included it because I think that it looks like fun!!!!!)
6. Two man race with a balloon held between their shoulders (no hands allowed)
7. Straw Lifesaver Race (http://www.free-party-games.com/lifesaverrace.html)
8. Barnyard Animal Game (find all the other children in the group making the same animal sound that you are)
9. Move the Hula Hoop (http://www.ehow.com/how_4550635_have-hula-hoop-relay.html)
10. Bucket & Sponge Relay Race (http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/game/game-526.asp)
& now …. Before anyone argues that McDonald’s is an unhealthy option … well, please consider the following:
First, we are not eating McDonald’s every day. Secondly, Happy Meals are convenient (literally a meal in a box … plus a toy ;-) and everyone in my class likes them. Lastly, please consider the following:
“· 1977 McDonald’s first [ http://www.mcdonalds.ca/en/community/mchappy_day.aspx ]McHappy Day raised more than $460,000 for local children’s charities.”
“· 1981 The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Toronto, providing a home-away-from-home for families with children undergoing treatment for cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Today, there are 12 Ronald McDonald Houses in cities across Canada.”
“1987 McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited marked its 20th Anniversary, and with the generous support of its customers, raised $1.5 million for Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour.”
“· 2004 McDonald’s launches the Balanced Lifestyles Initiative- a national consumer wellness campaign aimed at Canadians of all ages focusing on three key areas: additional menu choice, consumer education and the promotion of physical activity. “
“· 2004 McDonald’s introduces the 10 Cent Happy Meal program, in which 10 cents from every Happy Meal purchased is donated to [ http://www.rmhc.ca ]Ronald McDonald House Charities.”
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