5 Ways to Host a Classroom Celebration Without Treats
Cookies, brownies and candy are tasty additions to any celebration and definitely have their place in the occasional classroom party, however, the classroom is also a great place to reward hard work with activities which step outside of the box.
- Eat Lunch in the Classroom: A change of environment especially during ample socializing time, LUNCH, is a fun break from the norm. Kids can stay at their desks, or volunteers can even clear out a space for an indoor-type picnic area with blankets on the ground.
- Barefoot Reading Hour: No socks, no shoes, no problem! Kids will love to bend the rules a little with barefoot reading time. Strike up a game afterwards where kids get to guess whose shoes belong to whom!
- Outside Reading Hour: Quick, before it gets too cold, hold an outside reading hour under the recess lawn tree or on a couple blankets on the soccer field! Sure the sunshine, gentle breeze and tweeting birds may distract a few kids, but they’ll love getting the fresh air and taking a break from the confines of the classroom.
- Extra Play Time: It’s more important than ever to make sure kids are staying active! Extra play time and recess is a great congratulations for good grades, creativity and hard work in the classroom.
- Kids Make the Assignment: Older elementary age students will really love to be the teacher for an hour! Reward extra effort with allowing students to brainstorm their own creative writing prompt, or compose a poem where each student writes their own original line. There are infinite possibilities with this idea, but students are sure to enjoy each one they come up with!