The holiday season is here, and this can be a fun time for everyone! There is more to having fun during the holiday season than shopping, wrapping, and parties. If you are a parent, teacher, or child care worker, than you could always put on a small holiday parade with children! This can be a fun event for everyone to enjoy! Those involved in the parade can take a break from their daily routine, while others will enjoy watching it! This can help to get everyone into the holiday spirit! Here are a few tips and ideas for putting on a holiday parade with children!
First of all, if you are a teacher or child care worker, or if you are babysitting or throwing a party, be sure you get permission from the parents if you are planning to leave the building for the parade. Let them know where you are planning to go, what time, and for how long. If need be, ask some of the parents to help chaperone the parade. If you are keeping the parade inside of the school or daycare center, then be sure to get permission from the principal or director before doing the parade. If there are babies in the building, try to schedule the parade for a time that will not disturb them.
Of course, you may need a few materials for the parade. First of all, you may want to look into buying Santa hats, elf hats, reindeer antlers, and other fun holiday related apparel! You can usually find them at The Dollar Tree, or some children may already have their own to use! You can ask the children to wear holiday related apparel, ranging from Christmas shirts to angel costumes. They can also wear the colors that represent the holiday season and winter, such as red, green, blue, and white. You can also join in by wearing the holiday apparel! Everyone should be sure to wear their coats and other winter apparel, if it is too cold. Even if you have to reduce the amount of holiday apparel worn in the parade. You should definitely keep warm if you are going outside.
You can use construction paper or poster board to make a few holiday related signs. They can say phrases such as “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” on them! You can let the children carry the signed in both hands or tape the construction paper to a craft stick to create a flag! Be sure to use paper or poster board that is big enough for everyone to see, but not too big for children to carry!
When putting on a holiday parade with children, please keep in mind that not all children celebrate Christmas, but may celebrate another holiday. So keep an open mind and allow them to wear apparel and create signs that represent the holiday they celebrate.
If you would like, you can also purchase jingle bells from department stores or Christmas stores for some or all of the children to shake during the parade. You can also have the children sing carols such as “Jingle Bells”, “Frosty The Snowman”, and “Jingle Bell Rock”. Be sure to keep the volume of bells and singing down to a reasonable level, so that way you do not disturb others.
You want to make sure your holiday parade will be both fun and safe for everyone. Be sure you will have enough chaperones before leaving the building, and only stay in the neighborhoods you are familiar with. You can just stay near the location you are starting out with. Be careful crossing the streets and only cross when it is safe to do so. Keep adults with the children at all times, in the front, middle, and back of the group. Take a list of the children who are going and call roll to be sure everyone is still there. Tell the children it is very important that everyone stay together and not wander off or drag behind the group. Walk at a pace that is reasonable for everyone, so that everyone can keep up without becoming tired too quickly. Only do the parade in the daytime and do not keep the children out in the cold for too long. You should always keep the safety of everyone involved in the parade in mind, as safety should always come first!
When you put on a holiday parade with children, you can make the event both fun and safe for everyone. All you have to do is keep the various tips and ideas in mind. You may even have a few of your own to add. Be creative with the parade, but considerate for everyone involved or watching. This should be a fun event that gets everyone into the holiday spirit! Have fun putting on the holiday parade with children! Happy Holidays!