Keep your theme in mind when planning your classroom party. Any game can be modified
to fit your theme or the space given. Think about the age of the students and plan
things that are age-appropriate. You would not want to have a two and three year
old try to play an organized sport. (Blue denotes link to specific activity directions)
Two and Three Year Olds:
At this age keeping the activities simple and based on interest of the individual
child is best. This is not the age to try structured group activities unless you
have willing kids and a few helpers.
Best activities for this age include: (Blue indicates link)
Playing with air filled balloons (watch so no one pops them, and pick up pieces immediately
if they do)
Dancing to music
Learning simple songs and hand motions
Playing hide and seek games (like an Easter Egg Hunt but you hide objects that are
similar that relate to the theme of your party. Do not use perishable items, in
case some don’t get found...) Can use stuffed animals or shape cut outs or stickers.
You can make it so once everyone finds something they get to play with it or keep
it. You decide.
Follow the Leader
Marching to music
Story time (a book relating to the theme of the party)
Hula Hoop (using a hula hoop just to explore using best if one per child)
An extremely simple craft that include some larger fine motor skill (gluing precut
paper crafts together)
Sandbox dig (look for hidden objects–gems, shells etc.) Best done outside.
With this age you can get a bit more into organized games. Some will have more interest
than others. Offer choices for those who do not wish to participate.
Some of the same activities listed for twos and threes can also be used with this
age group. They still like to do a lot of the easier activities also. Any of the
following can also have variations to the game to fit your theme or variations to
the game rules to fit your age group. Try to fashion games to find ways to keep a
For example: With Simon Says, I don’t make people that make a mistake on Simon Says
be out, they have to jump once, then on the second mistake they have to jump twice,
mistake three jump three times. It keeps everyone in, entertained, and some kids
like to jump even if they didn’t mess up!
Good activities for this age group include: (Blue indicates Link)
In this age group you can begin to play more complex games and activities. They
can do more physically and mentally are ready for more complex organized games. Think
about the space given for your class party, you can always modify and simplify more
complicated games. All games can be modified to fit your theme. In stead of Duck,
Duck, Goose if you are throwing a fall themed party it can be “pumpkin, pumpkin,
scarecrow!” or Winter Party, it could be “snow, snow, blizzard!” Valentine: Hug,
Hug, Kiss or Heart, Heart, Love. Use your imagination
Crafts at this age group can really have some fun. By this time, kids are finishing
up the developing of fine motor skills and can really put their skills to use. Keep
directions clear and precise and have a model made and make one with them to help
them. Most will begin to follow much more complex directions if they are clear.
Tweens: Nine to Twelve Year Olds
You can really have a lot of fun with this age group. They are definitely ready
for some complex, organized activities. On the flip-side, some tend to be pickier
for the activities that they wish to participate in. You could still probably use
some of the previous mentioned games. Consider your age group.
Best activities for this age group:
Possibly some of the above mentioned games
More complex crafts
Scavenger Hunts (could include around inside of school)