Y’all Christmas was great….exhausting… and full of smiles. How was yours?
This year in the classroom, I decided to do something a little different for the class Christmas party. Is it just me or are you getting tired of the same old same old… pass out cupcakes, eat a bunch of junk, pass out class treats??? Well look no further for a great idea that brings your class together, creates a lifetime memory, and is engaging for all. Why do I share this with you AFTER Christmas…… well…. because it’s the best time to start prepping for next year. You can catch all these needed items on sale in the clearance Christmas section. Read on to find out what made our Christmas party so inspiring…..
This year, we had a Christmas Paint Party! Yes, it was fun, messy, and exciting. The parents loved it, the kids adored it, and most of all their little minds loved creating a masterpiece that they will have forever.
I. am. a. planner.
I started prepping for this party back in October. I made my list, watched for sales, and purchased all before December. Will the big hoopla of Christmastime, I knew I’d be overwhelmed with trying to prep in December. It felt so good to be completely finished before December. This year, I’m already planning ahead to next year. All the clearance Christmas items are half price or more, so now is the time to buy and feel good about planning ahead.
- One canvas per child (watch the sales all year for this) (Michael’s usually puts a 10 pack on sale for $10)
- paint brushes
- plastic Christmas table cloths (on sale now)
- red and green pom pom embellishments (on sale now)
- one Christmas apron for each child (apron website #1, apron website #2 )
- paint cups for paint
- green, red, brown, and yellow paint
- plastic cups for water (on sale now in Christmas clearance)
Party Set Up and Plan Ahead:
This would be a great summer project to get completely ready for December….. purchase your canvases now and trace the tree so you’ll be ready before school even begins.
Trace Christmas tree pattern with pencil on each canvas. This preps the students for the paint party and gives them a template to paint inside of.
I cut my tree out with a Silhouette machine. Don’t have one?? Don’t worry… you can sketch it out on cardstock and make your own template.
Oh my….. What Fun!!!
Next is gathering all your supplies and storing them for the party. Go out and shop early for supplies, that way your’re prepared and won’t stress about party planning. Paint, brushes, aprons, and tablecloths can be purchased now.
Each child will have a canvas, apron, brush, and paint a their seat. I used community paint cups and they shared at the table.
Now for the fun….. It’s Paint Party Time
Students put their aprons on and were eager to get started. I directed their painting with my own canvas on the board. First we painted the background red and moved to the trunk with brown. We filled in the tree with green paint and made the star shine with yellow. After they painted their entire canvas, we added the red and green puff balls as ornaments.
Comments heard while painting…..
- “This is the best day of my life”
- “Can we do this again?”
- “Best Christmas party EVER!”
I hope this has helped you prep and plan for next year’s party! It’s guaranteed to be the best classroom party ever!