Friday, October 31, 2014

Room Parent for Halloween! EEEK!

At the beginning of every year all the teacher's ask if anyone wants to be the "Room Parent" and plan all the parties. There are always parents willing to donate and help out, just not many who want to coordinate the whole thing. That is why after the 3rd email shout-out for help in my son's class, I volunteered. I'm a bit nervous- but here's what I came up with.
In lieu of 200 cupcakes (I've seen it and it isn't pretty...) we opted to do a Fall Snack Mix. (Cheerios, Pretzel Sticks, Candy Corn, M&M's, Chex, etc.)
I had parents volunteer to bring in different ingredients for the mix and we are going to dump it all together to make a trail-mix like snack. 

We are also going to make sticker bingo cards and use the snack mix components as game pieces too.
Here's hoping it all goes as planned...

 Here's the prizes for the Bingo game...
 Here's the Bingo Game Card
 Every student got a set of stickers and then I made a master set on notecards for the "caller" to use.
Party... these are the two huge buckets we are going to use to mix the snack in.

Halloween Party Activity

Last year Kellie's teacher asked me if I would put together an activity for her 1st/2nd graders to complete after their Halloween Breakfast and this is what I came up with. 
It is great because, while glitter and glue and paint are awesome, it becomes a nightmare to clean up in the classroom. 
Basically, you have the kids trace their hand and arm up to their elbow and then have them outline (or color in) their "tree trunk" with brown marker or crayon. 
Then I used my handy-dandy paper cutter (love my e-craft!) to cut out a buzzillion leaves for them to glue on. Some kids even went on to color in clouds and birds and pumpkins and such. 
They were occupied -in their seats, no less- the entire time. 
Her teacher loved it so much that when she got to move up with the kids to 2nd grade (with most of last year's class) that she asked for me to do it again! No problem!