This year I have agreed to be the “Homeroom Mother” for my son’s fifth grade classroom. He was mortified when he found out, due to the huge embarrassment factor we mothers pose to our pre-pubescent children; however, no one else would volunteer for the position (I am assuming for similar reasons) and so I reluctantly took the title to ensure that my child’s classroom would be having holiday parties this year.
As I pondered just what I was going to do to make sure their classroom Halloween party wasn’t lame, I considered previous classroom parties I had attended and also the age of the children and the time slot I would be given. I would have about one hour, after the Halloween costume parade. Then I had to take away fifteen minutes for the time I am assuming it will take the children to go to the cafeteria and eat their nutritionally-approved snack and return to the classroom. That now leaves me with 45 minutes, which doesn’t seem too overwhelming. Especially when you break it down into 15 minute segments, which is always a good idea, I think, when you are dealing with children’s activities.
We are encouraged to plan out one craft project and 2 or 3 games. These are the ideas that I came up with, which I think would easily translate to an at-home Halloween party for children from kindergarten up through fifth or sixth grade.
Many children are very interested in origami at my children’s school and so I decided to have them each create an origami pumpkin, for their craft. This way I am building on something that they already have an interest it, doesn’t require much in the way of materials (just some computer printer paper) and also won’t take up too much time.
Next, I am going to have the children vote, anonymously, on their classmate’s costumes, breaking it down into these four categories: scariest, funniest, most original and most unexpected (from a particular student – something they would be surprised that child would have chosen).
Then, they are going to have to come over to my “Guessing Station”, where they will each put their hand into an assortment of textures, that they can’t see, while guessing each item, and marking their guesses on index cards. I am going to fill bowls with things like cold spaghetti noodles, decorative cobweb material, perhaps a water filled plastic bag, the options are endless. At the end, when I disclose each of the items, they can keep track to see who did the best.
I am then going to have them each choose a number out of a hat. Each number 1 through 20 (for the 20 students in their class), will also have a word signifier such as noun, verb, adjective or adverb underneath the number. They will then each come up to me with their number and tell me their word, which I will insert into a Halloween themed ad-lib to be read to the class once we have completed it.
Finally, if there is still time left to fill, we are going to play “Creepy Eyeballs”, which is a version of “Hot Potato” using plastic eyeballs, that my daughter actually came up with for her kindergarten classroom.
My son was very surprised when I shared my itinerary with him for his approval and is now excited that I am going to be his homeroom mom. Maybe I’m not so lame after all. I hope these ideas inspire you to branch off from here and create a great party for your youngsters.