50 Hacks for Your Holiday Class Party
It's the most wonderful time of the year, so of course we need a class party to celebrate! We know, we know—it seems like just yesterday you were basking in the glory of turkey hand prints and paper pilgrim bonnets, and now it's high time you got your Polar Express on. Luckily, we've rounded up 50 clever and creative hacks that are guaranteed to make you a room mom rock star this holiday season.
1. Put cookie icing in condiment bottles to cut down on the mess factor.
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2. Give each activity station volunteer a winter-theme book to read aloud to their group in case they finish before the allotted amount of time is up.
3. Use recycled gold fish cartons as the base for mini gingerbread houses.
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4. Or, skip the graham crackers and use those mini milk cartons from the caf instead. Just be sure to wash them first!
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5. Holiday wrapping paper is an inexpensive backdrop for a holiday photo booth. Add some garland for a little sparkle and shine!
6. Turn white pool noodles or empty wrapping paper rolls into giant peppermint sticks with red electrical tape.
7. Jolly-ify dollar store plastic cups for prepackaged snacks.
8. Make Christmas trees out of pine cones...
9. ...Just remember to bake the bugs out first!
10. Use a permanent marker to work some holiday magic on prepackaged fruit cups.
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11. While you're at it, you might as well decorate those cheese sticks, too.
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12. You know all those extra labels you have lying around? Stick 'em on juice pouches.
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13. Coffee filters make great snowflakes.
14. Gift your teacher homemade cookies in covered plastic wrap or aluminum foil boxes.
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15. A Pringles can works in a pinch, too. But someone’s gotta eat all those chips first (take one for the team, room parents!).
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16. Turn an old bulletin board into a pin-the-nose-on-the-reindeer game.
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17. Or play pin a heart (or 20—he could use 'em) on the grumpy old Grinch.
18. Make hot cocoa for the whole class in a slow cooker.
19. Use the bottom of a crystal glass to imprint snowflake shapes on sugar cookies.
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20. Transform store-bought doughnut holes into snowballs with a simple sign.
21. Decorate water bottles with pom-poms and pipe cleaners...
22. ...And save some for your applesauce cups, too.
23. Googly eyes and construction paper are a simple way to dress up clementines.
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24. Speaking of fruit, who says watermelon is strictly for summer?
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25. Upcycle baby food jars into customized miniature snow globes.
26. Got water? Then you’ve got...wait for it...melted snowmen.
27. Serve up something green (grapes, M&Ms, Kool-Aid) in a Grinch-inspired bowl or pitcher.
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28. A reindeer food bar is an interesting spin on a fun take-home treat.
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29. “Wrap” tables into presents...
30. ...Or turn them into Polar Express trains.
31. What good's a train without a proper track (made of duct tape)?
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32. You can even line the school hallway with folding chairs and white Christmas lights.
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33. Turn white tissue paper into icicles and hang from desks, tables, windows, or a stage.
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34. Twigs make great reindeer antlers for your classroom game.
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35. Then again, so do balloons...lots of balloons. On unsuspecting parent volunteers, no less.
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36. Turn candy canes into take-home treats using pipe cleaners and googly eyes.
37. Everyone's Elf on the Shelf will enjoy this make-and-take Cheerios snacktivity.
38. Hershey’s kisses make great game pieces...plus, you (er, we mean the kids) can eat them when it’s over.
39. Turn light bulbs into reindeer ornaments (good craft for older kids!).
40. Green cupcake liners make for a fun Christmas tree craft.
41. Make penguins out of recycled water bottles and cotton balls.
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42. Stock up on lots of toilet paper for this fun 'dress the snowman' game...
43. ...And don’t forget to save the rolls!
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44. Save those wine corks...not that you have many lying around, but just in case you do.
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45. Elmer’s glue and wax paper is an easy way to make snowflakes.
46. Thread cotton balls to make fake snow hang from the ceiling.
47. Decorate the classroom with a strand of giant holiday lights made from balloons and cups.
48. Make snowflake ornaments out of pasta (add glitter if you're feeling fancy....You know you are.)
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49. Old puzzle pieces will do the trick, too.
50. One cookie cutter, two ways. Turn gingerbread men upside down and you have reindeer cookies.