Covid-19 has really brought on a lot of new challenges this year. We have had to adjust and change just about everything we do in the classroom. We had to learn how to teach everything online, and then when we are in the classroom, we had to learn how to teach while keeping all of our kiddos separate and safe.
With the holidays coming, you might be wondering how on earth you can celebrate with your students while social distancing. I am here with great news. We can still have a party, be safe, and have fun!
Here are five creative ideas for you to party in or out of the classroom.
First, start by inviting your students to join a LIVE meeting, whether through Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet. Invite students to dress up as their favorite book characters. Then, you can do these five activities!
1. Send home goodie bags or treats before the party. This could include craft sticks and pumpkin candy, tattoos, candy, bubble gum, pumpkin mini books, etc. Whatever supplies you may need for the party are what should be included in the goodie bags.
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2. Break the Ice with a Jam Board Q&A! You could even use a Flip Grid for this activity. Include slides and ask questions like:
- What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
- What are you dressing up as for Halloween?
- Who is your favorite book character?
- What are you afraid of?
3. Freeze Dance Competition! Get your kids moving with some Thriller or GhostBusters music. Students can dance in their element at home (which should be really fun to watch). Make it more fun by having a freeze dance. If the student keeps dancing, they’re out. The last student standing wins!
4. Have a Bubble Gum Blowing Challenge! Make sure to ask parents for permission before doing this activity for students’ allergies or dental restrictions. Then, challenge students! If they can blow a bubble, then you will have to put a spider in your hair. Of course, they can take a screenshot and keep it at the end. I recommend using these fake spider rings.
5. Have a fun STEM challenge! One example is having students create a pumpkin tower. In this challenge, students create the tallest tower using craft sticks and pumpkin candies. They stack them on top of one another to create a tall tower. There’s a lot of balancing, concentration, and patience in this activity. Other examples include bone tower, web design, and candy corn bottle flipping. You can also use any of the STEAM activities included in this yearlong bundle.
Here are a couple of other resources for your Halloween or Fall party
My Yearlong STEM Challenges Bundle includes tons of ideas for your STEM lessons, including Halloween-themed challenges that would go perfectly with your fall or Halloween class party.
These Halloween STEM Task Cards are low prep, easy to incorporate STEM activities that ANY elementary classroom can use!
For some more educational party activities, check out my math games here!
How are you celebrating the holidays in your classroom this year? Let me know in the comments below!