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Frame painting: Have a parent take a class photo at least one week before the carnival. (Be sure to do so in advance-- if there is an absence you can try the next day, so all kids are in the photo.) Develop as many photo copies as students in the class, plus one for the teacher. The kids can paint and decorate wooden craft frames at this table. Once the frame is dried you can insert the class photo.

Class Gift: With the end of year crunch, it can be difficult to organize things like a class gift to the teacher. So make the gift one of the activities at the carnival. Students could make paper flowers that are then put in a ceramic vase, write in a memory book for the teacher with photos of the class throughout the school year, or sign their name on the matting of a large display frame that holds the class photo. Even if the kids just make cards, it’s a great way to let the teacher know her time and work was appreciated.

Memory Lane: Tie a piece of twine between two trees at eye level for the class. Older kids can sit at a table and write down a few sentences about their favorite experience in class (Younger children can dictate sentences for adults to jot down). Once they are done, use clothespins to attach the papers to the twine. The kids can then “take a walk down memory lane” and read what their fellow classmates had to share.

Easy-does-it-activities

You want to plan a few low-key activities so the kids rest now and then. Here are some ideas to consider:

Face painting: Expect a long line at the face painting booth. Set up a table with at least two parents in the shade for this activity. It’s a good area to have a water cooler set up for the kids while they take a break.

Storytelling: A parent can set up camp under a shady tree with picnic blankets set out to sit on. Educational Twist: Design a sign with what stories will be read at what time and a pretend clock with moveable arms. The parent can then integrate a little time telling review before the story telling begins.

Yearbook Signing: A table and plenty of pens is all that is needed for this activity. If your child’s school does not offer a yearbook, you could always make a class yearbook on the computer and print out inexpensive booklets with a few photos of fieldtrips and events with a few blank pages at the end for signatures.

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