Winter activities bring excitement to classroom parties in December. Since families celebrate the holidays in different ways, it’s so important to include everyone in a winter classroom party.
There are many classroom party activities that are available to be enjoyed by all. Here are some inclusive winter classroom party activities for your next class celebration!
Create Winter Themed Classroom Decorations
First, make a classroom decoration perfect for an inclusive winter classroom party! This can be done by using construction paper, felt, or any other materials that you have on hand. Add some paint and markers for older primary grades or elementary students.
A fun idea is to “wrap” your classroom door with wrapping paper! Not only is this a fun activity, but it’s also a perfect piece of decor for your inclusive winter classroom party.
One of my favorite art activities…with a side of Math are these Winter Pattern Block Snowflakes. The real bonus is that you can keep these up throughout the month of January, too!
Host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party.
Next, try this sweet traditional activity for all ages. This is a classic winter activity that can be enjoyed by every student in your class. You can either make the gingerbread houses in advance or have the students help with the construction. This is a great opportunity to have parents come in and help with the construction. They’ll love helping out and will help contain the craziness a bit 🙂
This is a great activity for an inclusive winter classroom party. Of course, gingerbread decoration is even more fun when you make it a competition. Have other teachers and older classes come and vote on their favorite gingerbread house. (Note: check for student allergies ahead of time!)
If you want to slip in a little learning, check out this Gingerbread Unit! It’s filled with lots of activities to extend fun.
Play Festive Music & Have a Winter Dance Party.
Put on some fun, festive tunes, and have a winter dance party! Of course, kids love to move and groove, and your winter classroom party is the perfect time to get the wiggles out. You don’t have to break out Christmas songs to make this dance party an inclusive winter classroom party. Check out KidzBop on Amazon Music or GoNoodle for friendly songs that are perfect to dance to all year long.
Have a Winter-Themed Scavenger Hunt.
Get up and get moving around the classroom or even school with a scavenger hunt. First, hide small items around the room or school. Next, have the students search for them. Winter theme items could include “snow” in the form of cotton balls or marshmallows or snowflakes. Winter clothing such as boots and gloves are also fun things to find. What other winter items could you add to the list?
Make a toilet paper snowman.
My students love TP snowmen! First, all you need is some toilet paper and some winter clothing items such as hats, gloves, and scarves. Each student has a partner that wraps them in toilet paper and then dresses them in winter gear. They look like snowmen or snowwomen!
The possibilities are endless with this activity and the students are sure to have a blast. Of course, don’t forget to take pictures of your snowman children!
Choose a Class Charity for the Holiday Season.
The holiday season is a great time to give back and there are many charities that appreciate donations. First, choose a charity to give back to. Next, have the students bring in items such as food, clothes, or toys to donate.
Toys for Tots or a local food bank are great resources to get started. This is a great way to teach the students the importance of giving back, especially during the holiday season.
Have students Share Their own Holiday Traditions.
Of course, the holidays are a time for family, friends, and traditions. Students can also share their favorite holiday traditions with the class. Whether your students celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or any other special holiday or season, this is a great way to learn about the different cultures and traditions that make up your classroom!
Winter is a wonderful time to celebrate our differences and learn about one another. Send an email to families asking for them to visit your classroom and share about their family’s traditions!
What other inclusive winter classroom party activities would you add to the list?