To help our wonderful Windsor wildcat volunteers, we decided to make an idea bank for Halloween and Valentine’s Day parties. Below are some ideas sent in by other parent volunteers.
Halloween Party Ideas:
- Mummy wrap of the volunteers/friends: team kids up, give them toilet paper and let them wrap their friends up and then switch. That way they each get wrapped and get to wrap.
- Pin the Nose on the Witch or Frankenstein
- Halloween Word Search/Halloween Worksheets
- Bounce the Most Ping-Pong Balls into the Pumpkin Bucket in a minute
- Pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern
- Halloween BINGO
- Halloween picture frames
- pumpkin bowling (any grade) popcorn
Valentine’s Day party ideas:
- Decorating hearts and a shoe box to hold valentines received. Have each child send in a shoe box.
- Hot potato or any soft beenie baby is great especially for kindergarten.
- I think relay races are great such as carrying something small on a plastic spoon
- Valentine BINGO
- Craft Section to Make Valentine’s Bags/Cards
- Valentine Word Search
- heart leis craft with yarn,straws, and heart cut-outs
- guess how many conversation hearts/candy corn in a jar
- decorate a valentine for parents
- Hot potato game, wrap up gifts inside each other, last gift has a small trinket for all students, pencils, erasers, etc.
- Valentines Day version of musical chairs called “Who Do You Love?” What you will need:One chair for every child, minus one. (if there are 15 kids, use 14 chairs)
Directions: Arrange the chairs in a circle so that the seats are facing inside. The player who is “it” stands in the center of the circle, and the other kids sit in the chairs facing her. The “it” approaches one of the seated children and says, “Who do you love?” The player who is approached must come up with an answer, such as “I love everyone wearing pink” or “I love everyone who has a dog,” and then anyone wearing pink or who has a pet dog must stand up and scramble to find a new seat. Players cannot shift to the seat next to them, should it become vacant. They must move at least two chairs away from their original spot. In the meantime, “it” should try to sit down in one of the vacant chairs. Once everyone finds a spot, the one player left standing becomes the new “it” and must then approach a seated player and ask, “Who do you love?” There’s no definitive end to the game and no winner. Repeat it as long as the children are having fun. Tips: As you explain the instructions, be sure to tell the kids that pushing and shoving or pulling players out of their chairs isn’t allowed. Use sturdy chairs and not ones that fold.
- Check out http://holidays.kaboose.com/val-party.html for more ideas.
If you would like to contribute some more ideas on crafts, food and fun activities, please contact current PTA president(s).