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As party guests start to arrive, put them to work embellishing their very own chef’s hat. Have each girl put her name on a hat with sticker letters to avoid any confusion and to help everyone get to know each other. Party guests will create special flowers made out of coffee filters and cupcake liners to adorn their hats. Each one will end up being as unique as the party guest. Detailed instructions are provided in our downloadable pdf, available in our shop.

It’s our last day of posting this Baking Party. We hope you have loved it as much as we have.

Photo by Nicole Gerulat.

At this Baking Party the guests rotate through 7 different activity stations. Some of our favorite activities were making chocolate dipped strawberries, mixed berry tarts and strawberry jam. With a little food prep and some station organization you can pull off this party like a star. To see all of the Baking Party activities and get the full details, purchase this party as a pdf.

Photos by Nicole Gerulat.

Day #4: Need some games to play on Thanksgiving Day (or at a school classroom party)? It can get pretty boring for the little ones while the adults are cleaning up dinner or watching football. Here are two games to entertain your kiddos.

Thanksgiving Boat Races

Just like Columbus and his crew crossed the ocean in search of the new world, so can your kids with these little boats made from milk cartons and powered by balloons.

You will need: one small milk carton or whipped cream carton to make 2 boats, exacto knife, hole punch or scissors, brown spray paint, one 12″ white balloon per child or boat, sticker letters, blue paper like wrapping paper or butcher paper, a marker for drawing a map

Directions: Take an empty milk carton and cut it in half lengthwise with an exacto knife. Make sure you cut it through the pinched together part at the top, not the other direction. Wash and dry each half really well. This will make two boats but you might want to make three boats like we did, to represent the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. In this case you’ll have to have more milk cartons–but you can make as many boats as you’d like. Using a hole punch or scissors, make a hole at the flat end of the boat (look at the picture for reference). Punch more holes around the first or use the scissors to enlarge the hole to the size of a dime. Spray paint each boat brown and let dry. Meanwhile, take your blue wrapping or butcher paper and draw a map of the new world with a black marker for the boats to sail to. Once your boats are dry you can add sticker letters to the sides to name your boats.

When the kids are ready for the boat race, set up your map on a table. Have the kids tuck their balloon through the hole in their boat and blow up the balloon. Starting on one side of the map, have them set down their boats. Everyone releases their balloons at the same time. You never know what each fantastic voyage will bring. Some boats sail straight ahead, some boats go in circles, and some fall off the side of the table (the world is flat after all, right?). They can race and race over and over again, as often as they want to keep blowing up their balloon. Bon voyage!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Roll

This game is fast moving and so much fun. Kids can compete against each other around an impromptu obstacle course in the back yard or divide into teams and have a relay race.

You will need: 2 smallish 4-6″ in diameter pumpkins and 2 brooms

Directions: Push the broom like you’re sweeping to get your pumpkin to roll. Small pumpkins should roll really well on their side. Have fun racing your opponent to this finish line.

Photos by Sara Westbrook.

The final rotation for this Halloween classroom party is station #4: food. We planned three food items: owl cupcakes, fruit bat skewers, and spidery cheese and crackers. The only thing the students will be doing at this station is decorating their owl cupcakes. One or two people will be needed to run this station. Younger children might need two while older kids should be fine with just one helper.

In our perfect party plan the students would save their cupcakes on their desk after they have completed this station and then enjoy a plate of food after all of the stations are completed. The students can eat quietly at their desks while you or the teacher read everyone a Halloween book. *Every school has different food restrictions and many children have food allergies. Make sure you check with the teacher before you bring any food to the class.

This classroom party could also work at home or as part of another Halloween party.

Food: Owl Cupcakes.

Supplies: chocolate cupcakes in brown cupcake wrappers (0r white–your choice), chocolate frosting, Oreo type cookies, Reese’s Pieces, plastic knives or something else to frost cupcakes

Let each child make their own owl cupcake. You might want to have one made ahead of time as an example. Each child will need: a cupcake, frosting, two Oreos, two brown and one orange Reese’s Pieces. Have students frost their cupcake. Next, untwist two Oreos then carefully push two brown candies onto the white part of the Oreos. Place the Oreo eyes onto the cupcake. Then put an orange candy on its side between the eyes to make the owl beak.

Food: Fruit Bat Kebabs.

Supplies: a variety of fruit (we used green grapes, pineapple, and strawberries), skewers, plastic bat rings, hot glue gun, scissors

You’ll need to make these before the party. Cut the ring part off of the bat rings. Trim the skewers shorter if needed. Hot glue the bat to the top of the skewer. Slide fruit onto the skewer. If you are worried about the pointy end, you could trim that off after you have put the fruit on.

Food: Spidery Cheese & Crackers.

Supplies: cheese cubes, crackers, toothpicks, plastic spider rings, hot glue gun, scissors

These also need to be made ahead of time. Cut the ring part off of the spider rings. You’ll need to use flat top toothpicks or trim pointy toothpicks down. Hot glue the spiders to the top of the toothpicks. Or, if you have double pointed toothpicks, you can try poking the bottom of the spiders into the top point of the toothpicks. Stick the spidery toothpicks into cubes of cheese atop a cracker.

While you don’t have to do something so elaborate, we felt this table needed some fun Halloween treats as a centerpiece. Sara layered mini marshmallows, black licorice, pumpkin Peeps, more mini marshmallows, large black gumballs, candy corns, ghost Peeps, large orange gumballs and mini yellow gumballs. She stuck a variety of lollipops into the top. Mini marshmallows were used as filler inside the jar. All candy items were found at local grocery and craft stores.

Photos by Nicole Gerulat.

The third rotation of our Halloween classroom party is station #3: a craft. There are tons of fun Halloween crafts that children can make at school. Feel free to do one (or both) of our crafts or to do another one that you like instead. We picked two of our favorites. The first is a roll of toilet paper disguised as a pumpkin and the second is a sucker wrapped ghost–always a classic. You’ll need one or two people to run this station, depending on how young the children are. Younger children might need more helping hands to finish these crafts.

This classroom party could also work at home or as part of another Halloween party.

Craft: Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Supplies: a roll of toilet paper per child, an orange piece of tissue paper per child, green tissue paper pieces, raffia, black pumpkin face cut out of black paper or foam per child (optional)

Have each child roll up their toilet paper in a sheet of orange tissue paper. Then have them tuck the ends of the tissue paper into the cylinder inside the toilet paper roll. A part of a piece of green tissue paper can be twisted and tucked into the top along with some raffia. As an optional addition, you could cut out jack-o-lantern faces ahead of time or have the children cut out their own from black paper or sticky foam. Have them glue or tape the faces onto their pumpkins.

Craft: Ghost Pops

Supplies: a lollipop or sucker per child, a 6 x 6 piece of white fabric cut per child, black sharpie, a piece of black, purple or orange ribbon per child

Using pinking shears, cut out as many 6 x 6 pieces of fabric as you’ll need so that each child can have one. We used an old white sheet for the fabric. Have each child put a piece of the white fabric over a lollipop. Help them tie a piece of ribbon around the stick to keep the fabric on. With a sharpie marker, have them draw a spooky face onto their ghost. Boo!

Try using some interesting pumpkins at different heights for your table centerpiece.

Photos by Nicole Gerulat.

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