Creating preschool holiday parties is exciting and stressful. Here are 12 party ideas to help you ease the stress and celebrate with your preschool class.
#1. JANUARY: NEW YEAR’S EVE/NEW YEAR’S DAY
Let’s start with New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. This holiday celebrates starting anew. Some fun, exciting and colorful party ideas are making fireworks, toilet paper tube confetti poppers, and having a dance party with a disco ball included! Let the countdown begin!!!
#2. FEBRUARY: VALENTINE’S DAY
Valentine’s Day, a day of Love and all things red, pink, purple and white! Making layered heart valentine cards is a great way to sharpen those cutting and writing skills. Get your preschool families involved and have them make valentine mailboxes using items they have at home. Make a display in your room of all the different boxes and add some red, pink, purple and white heart lights to show them off.
#3. MARCH: ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Let’s go on a leprechaun hunt! St. Patrick’s Day is so much fun for kids. You can decorate your room with different colored streamers for a rainbow of fun including a pot of gold at the end! Preschoolers can help you come up with a way to set a leprechaun trap to try to catch these mischievous creatures. Your students could make their own rainbows by painting, using yarn or fabric, different colored ribbon and display them around your room. If you have them tie ribbon to shower rings they can make their own ribbon streamers to wave around and dance with the mysterious leprechauns.
#4. APRIL: EASTER
Time for the bunny hop! Easter and spring are so exciting with plants coming back to life, flowers blooming, and new baby animals all around. A great way celebrate is have your class plant some flowers of many different colors. Add them to your classroom or have students plant them and take them home. Decorating Easter eggs is always a fun activity! You can use so many different mediums such as dye, crayons, stickers or markers.
#5. MAY: CINCO DE MAYO
Travelling to Mexico for Cinco De Mayo! Yeah! Let’s get a Piñata and start this party! You can craft sombreros and guitars. Making salsa with your class and having tacos would be a great colorful snack.
#6. JUNE: SUMMER SOLSTICE
Now we are on to SUMMER!!! Let’s celebrate the summer solstice! A summer fun party is a blast. You can have a kiddie pool filled with plastic balls or even sand, pool floaties, beach balls, sunglasses and hats for each child. Have them dress up in their favorite summer outfit and bring their beach towel. Snacks could be making a pudding cup dessert with crushed nilla wafers as sand, pudding and gummy fish included as well.
#7. JULY: FOURTH OF JULY
The middle of the summer brings us to the Fourth of July! Adorn your classroom with red, white and blue to celebrate. Break out the bomb pops, and your red, white and blue attire. Bring in some flags to hang in your room. It’s America’s birthday, so let’s celebrate!
#8. AUGUST: BACK TO SCHOOL
A great holiday party for preschool is Back to School! You can create a first day of school photo booth with a pennant banner, balloons, and a “First Day of Preschool” sign.
#9. SEPTEMBER: FALL
Celebrate everything fall in September! Bring in different colored leaves from outside to put in your sensory table. Have students create fall decorations using yellow, red, brown and orange items you have in the room. Go outside and explore nature. For snack you could have different types of apples to try.
#10. OCTOBER: HALLOWEEN
Halloween can be a fantastic time to let kids use their imaginations. Have everyone dress up in their favorite costume(no weapons or anything too scary). Start your festivities by carving a real pumpkin. Let the kids help choose the pattern. An adult does the cutting, but let the kids try to get some of the insides of the pumpkin out. Save the seeds to bake and taste. Then have the kids decorate their own pumpkins with markers or paint. Students could also create their own snacks by making cute ghost cookies.
#11. NOVEMBER: THANKSGIVING
It’s time for a feast to celebrate meeting new people. Have a Thanksgiving feast letting students help prepare the meal. They can make butter by taking turns shaking heavy whipping cream in a container. Preschoolers can make their own colorful corn with bubble wrap and paint. They could try their hand at beading, weaving and candle making.
#12. DECEMBER: CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH
There are many holidays to celebrate in December. Two of those holidays are Christmas and Hanukkah.
For a Christmas celebration you could add lights to your room, hang a stocking for each preschooler that they have decorated, Let them decorate mini trees with ornaments they create. Hang colorful garland and snowflakes around the room. For a snack you could make sugar or gingerbread cookies and let the students do the decorating.
Hanukkah can be celebrated by decorating with blue, white and silver decor. Playing the dreidel game is a fun activity for students. You can put candles on a menorah for each of the 8 days of Hanukkah. Have students try Latkes.
Celebrations are so much fun for preschoolers. Creating preschool holiday parties is exciting, entertaining and memorable.