By now, it’s no secret that I love party days! Watching the excitement of the holiday season through a child’s eyes is simply the best, but planning a no contact classroom Christmas party that is magical, educational, healthy, and of course fun, can be a daunting task. Here is a list of my favorite Christmas party ideas for the classroom that will maximize engagement while maintaining a safe distance apart!
NO CONTACT CLASSROOM CHRISTMAS PARTY GAMES
Bingo is one of my favorite games to include during our classroom Christmas party! It’s super easy to adjust the game to review any skill… numbers, addition, subtraction, letters, sounds, rhyming, CVC words, and even sight words. Just throw in some festive bingo markers, and you have a surefire way to increase engagement!
Get those little elves up and moving! This Holiday Charades or Winter Charades game would make a great brain break in between activities during your party, or even throughout the week. Choose one student at a time to act out the card. Then, the class will try to guess the action. Once they have guessed correctly, the entire class can complete the motion (while staying safely distanced).
Integrate math into your classroom Christmas party with these no contact, differentiated math games. The students will spin the spinner. For the easy version, they will cover that many marshmallows/ornaments.
For the more challenging version, they will add or remove that many marshmallows/ornaments.
You might know by now that I have my students create a craft each Friday. Crafts are so important to help build fine motor control, scissor skills, visual-spatial relationships, creativity, as well as the ability to listen to and follow directions.
This snowman glyph is a fun way to get to know your students. Plus, you can tie in math as you analyze the results.
You can also integrate math with this Christmas Counting Tree craft. Count out festive manipulatives, or have your students use stickers as ornaments.
If you’re working on composing and decomposing numbers, have your students use two different colored ornaments to decorate their tree with this Decomposing Tree craft.
Directed drawings are a super easy activity to complete at your no contact classroom Christmas party. All the students will need is a paper and pencil. Plus, they help improve fine motor and listening skills. I just think this reindeer directed drawing is too cute!
This Santa direct drawing by Proud to Be Primary is also adorable!
Another activity I like to complete during my classroom Christmas party is an ornament craft that the students can take home and hang on their tree. This beaded wreath ornament is my go-to every year! It’s super easy! Plus, the students can practice patterning as they strengthen their fine motor muscles. Simply place 25 red and 25 clear tri-beads, as well as a pipe cleaner, inside a baggie for each student. Once they are finished threading the beads onto the pipe cleaner, twist the pipe cleaner to create a hook. Use a hot glue gun to attach the bow.
CHRISTMAS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
Science experiments are an instantly engaging addition to your no contact classroom Christmas party. For this “Magic Snowman” experiment, just draw a snowman face on a sandwich baggie. Pour a ½ cup of vinegar into an empty baggie. Add 1 teaspoon of “magic snow” a.k.a. baking soda. Quickly zip the baggie. The reaction will produce carbon dioxide, which causes the “snowman” to inflate. Please be aware that too much pressure could cause the “snowman” to explode in a loud pop.
“Santa’s Magic Milk” is a perfect experiment to help our little learners understand the primary and secondary colors. For this experiment, you will fill three shallow containers with milk. Place a cookie cutter in the center of each container. In one container, place a few drops of red food coloring inside the cookie cutter and few drops of yellow outside the cookie cutter. In the remaining containers, add red and blue, as well as yellow and blue, food coloring. Dip a Q-tip in the dish soap. Dab the food coloring to create a color burst in the milk. Remove the cookie cutter. Use a clean Q-tip to mix the colors together.
Snowman Slime will always be my favorite activity at our classroom Christmas party! This slime recipe is the best! It’s no-mess and only three ingredients! We mix everything together in a plastic bowl with a plastic spoon for super easy clean up! After we make our slime, we decorate the containers to look like snowman faces.
HOLIDAY PLAY DOUGH KITS
Keep those little hands busy and those minds creative with play dough! Simply fill a baggie with some holiday play dough mats and loose parts, including pipe cleaners, pom poms, pony beads, paper straws, buttons and googly eyes. When the kiddos are finished building each design, they can take their baggies home… a little holiday gift from you!
CLASSROOM CHRISTMAS PARTY MOVIE IDEAS
At the end of our classroom Christmas party, I have my students watch a short movie as they eat their holiday snacks. Here are just a few Christmas classics that you might consider:
- Frosty the Snowman
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- The Polar Express
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
- Spookley and the Christmas Kittens
- Click, Clack, Moo Christmas at the Farm
HOT CHOCOLATE CLASSROOM CHRISTMAS PARTY
Just before the movie ends, the office brings us a special delivery from the North Pole! Santa sent us a stocking full of freezing cold jingle bells! Of course, the kiddos need to shake them to hear the jingle!
HOLIDAY DANCE PARTY
A holiday dance party is sure to get your little ones excited! Search for your favorite holiday songs on YouTube, Spotify or Amazon… or go old school with a CD. Once you’ve found your holiday playlist, turn up the music and watch your little reindeer prance! Increase the fun with a Holiday Freeze Dance! Just stop the music, and have your students freeze like a holiday character (Santa driving a sleigh, Rudolph shining his nose).
CHRISTMAS READ ALOUDS
There are so many great books to read at Christmas… Santa, reindeer, snowmen, the gingerbread man. Here is a look at a few of my favorites:
HOLIDAY BOOK STUDY
Perhaps, you want to choose just one holiday book to complete an in-depth book study. The Gingerbread Man is the perfect read aloud for sequencing and character trait analysis, as well as cause and effect. After reading the story, I have my students read an emergent reader version. As they read, we create a retelling bracelet to help us remember the events in the story.
We also incorporate math with this “Five Little Gingerbread Men” subtraction reader.
And… of course, we have to investigate a gingerbread cookie using our five senses!
CLASSROOM CHRISTMAS PARTY SNACK IDEAS
We end our classroom Christmas party with a few holiday snacks.
CLASSROOM CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS
Although we might not be able to have a traditional holiday celebration this year, hopefully, these no contact classroom Christmas party ideas help make your Christmas party extra magical!
Check out my DIY Christmas party ideas for a more traditional Christmas classroom party with stations.
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