End-of-Year Preschool Party

Here’s a fun idea for a picnic-themed party if your child’s class can get outside on their last day of school.  (Children will get wet, though, so make sure it’s ok with the teachers first.)

Spray Bottles
At ages 3 and 4, my own two children could amuse themselves for hours with spray bottles of water out in our backyard.  So I bought 16 spray bottles at Dollar Tree and wrote my daughter’s and her classmates’ names on them with Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pens.  Another mom and I collected the foam stickers and adhesive jewels we already had so the kids could decorate their own bottles.

Bug Spray
I also picked up a cheap white bedsheet and showed my own kids how to draw simple bug shapes.  Using Washable Crayola Markers, we drew colorful bugs all over the sheet.  I wrote “Miss Jones’ and Miss Smith’s Class” at the top, and each child’s name somewhere on the sheet.  We hung the sheet from a fence with cable-ties, close to where the children would have their picnic.

Beach Balls
The kids decorated beach balls with Sharpie markers.  The hardest part was blowing up the balls beforehand.

Bubbles
A few days earlier I’d mixed up homemade bubble solution (6 parts water, 2 parts Dawn Ultra, 3/4 part corn syrup), and I lugged it in a big tub from Target along with giant bubble wands from Learning Express to the party.

After the children ate, they decorated their water bottles, sprayed the sheet (to get rid of the bugs and say goodbye to their preschool class) and played with the beach balls and bubbles.

Made by Kids

A couple of years ago, my son’s preschool teacher assembled work he’d done into a book for him to bring home.  For the cover, she’d had him write his name on construction paper, using a different color for each letter, and then she cut out the letters and glued them onto a piece of cardstock.  It was adorable.

As a Room Parent, I’ve used this technique several times now, as a cover for a collection of notes, cards or pictures from children to their teacher.

At the end of the school year, the parents of the children in my daughter’s kindergarten class elected to give the teacher individual gifts.  So I asked each child to fill out a questionnaire (“I love my teacher because…” and “My advice for the new kindergarteners is…”) and bound them together.  The book gave the children something to present to their teacher as a class at the year-end party.

I especially like it for Thanksgiving, after children have typically spent all of November talking in their classrooms about what they’re thankful for.  Yet it’s unusual for teachers to be honored at this time.

Charmingly imperfect.

And it says – this is from your students, not their parents.