Need help for Middle School "Holiday" Party

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Colleen in PA

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Hello everyone! I am embarrassed to say that I have not been on here since before Halloween *sigh*.

I was hoping some of you crafty-types could help me. I need an easy holiday craft for 20 8-9 year olds that can be completed in 20-30 minutes. It cannot involve Santa or Christmas trees. I'm pretty much limited to snowmen, gingerbread men and snowflakes. (school policy)

I also need suggestions for fun GAMES we can play. Pin the nose on the snowman - is that too baby-ish? what else? Please share your ideas!!! I am in serious need of help!

TIA!
Colleen in PA
 

Miss JoDee

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Musical Gift is fun. Much like musical chairs. Place small gift pencils, erasers, stickers etc. for each student in a box and wrap it as many times as there are students. Start and stop the music as you would for musical chairs and the person holding the gift removes on layer. Continue until the gift is unwrapped and opened.

Heads up Seven Up most students love this game.

Christmas Bingo http://crazylittleprojects.com/2013/12/christmas-bingo.html

Craft: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/fe/29/6f/fe296f6d9c9a39d762fe5e03719b58c9.jpg (From Pinterest)

Ornament craft http://123learnonline.blogspot.com/2010_12_01_archive.html Scroll down and you will see it. I would use cold laminate.
 

Cindylouwho

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http://www.pinterest.com/pin/55380270391601177/

We just did something like these and they were very popular for Middle Schoolers. You said Middle School in your heading but said 8-9 years old in your message. If they are 8-9, you will need a few adults on glue-gun duty. 1 sock per snowman. We used 1 cup of rice per snowman to stuff ours with. Got the socks at Target. Putting the snowmen together can be done in 5-10 min. Lining up for the glue gun is what took time as I only had one. But I also had a smaller group. This would easily be done in 30 min.

So that's one idea for ya! :) Will keep thinking of others.
 

Cindylouwho

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Oh - and the game. The Pin-the-tail thing might ...maybe .... be too young. I'm thinking that kind of stuff ends at 7. But on the other hand, kids can be silly and maybe if you made the game a little harder, that could add a fun element to it.

How about "Gingerbread Man" relay? Break the kids into teams. Hand them some streamer (does streamer come in brown?) and some colorful paper to cut decorations out of and have them decorate one of their teammates as a Gingerbread Man. First one done wins. :) Or best looking one. Up to you as to how the winner is determined.

I suppose Christmas pinatas are out? (Kidding!)
 

Winged One

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Fluttering happily in the clouds!!
You could always use penguins as your theme?

I am sure there are loads of craft ideas (I often find nice ones on Activity Village or DLTK websites) - sorry don't have time to research that right now.

But a game could be a relay race, in teams of 4/5, to do a length of the classroom doing penguin walking - by needing to keep a ball balanced on top of the feet (so the feet need to stay only shuffling, not walking or running).