Preschool Graduation (page 2)

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13 Graduation Party Ideas

Plan the Crafts

  1. Encourage your child to choose one favorite theme from the school year such as the alphabet, dinosaurs, colors, or community helpers.
  2. Ask him to help you think of 2-4 crafts he wants to do during the party. Shoot for simple, hands-on activities that kids can do without too much guidance. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
    • Make a mixed media collage in the theme of choice using colored construction paper, gift wrap, glue, and other craft decorations.
    • Provide kids with precut shapes that they can glue together or onto a sheet of paper to create designs in the theme of choice (dinosaurs and animals are fun themes for this craft). Let them decorate their designs with markers or paint.
    • Let the kids decorate the cardboard schoolhouse for the obstacle course in the next section. They can paint it, color it with markers, or glue construction paper shapes onto in.
    • Set up a finger painting station and encourage kids to experiment with different colors and shapes. It's guaranteed to be messy, but kids love it!

Set Up the "Get to Kindergarten" Obstacle Course

  1. On the day of the party, create an obstacle course in the backyard with a cardboard "school" at the end. Kids participating will race through the obstacle course trying to reach the schoolhouse. Once they get there, they've made it to kindergarten!
  2. Start by creating the cardboard schoolhouse. Use one large cardboard box for the building, and cut the other up for the roof. Cut out a door and windows from the first cardboard box, then decorate it with paint or markers. Glue the roof on top, and finish by writing or painting "KINDERGARTEN" in big block letters on the front.
  3. Choose a flat, wide open space for the obstacle course. Place the schoolhouse at the end of the course.
  4. Now arrange "obstacles" throughout the course that kids will have to interact with before they can progress. Set up a few physical obstacles such as cardboard boxes or large toys that kids will have to run around, but also include a variety of activities that kids will have to do. A few ideas:
    • Letter or number hopscotch
    • Alphabet bean bag toss: lay large construction paper letters on the grass and have kids toss bean bags on them in the correct order.
    • Hula hoop: challenge kids to hula hoop for 10 seconds, or simply hold up the hula hoop and have kids jump through it.
    • Jumping jacks
    • Juggling: challenge them to juggle for 10 seconds (they don't have to juggle successfully, just ask them to try).

Your child's preschool graduation party should be a special time to celebrate her achievement and toast her future success in big kid school. As a tasty and sweet end to the festivities, delight guests with a special, brightly colored graduation cake or cupcakes decorated with fun frosting letters and numbers.

Erica Loop has an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Updated on Oct 4, 2012
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