Classroom Christmas parties can be tough! We want to have some holiday fun with our students, but we are exhausted! We are desperately trying to finish report cards, make parent holiday gifts, bake, shop, etc, etc. I actually love party planning and if this teaching thing doesn't end up working out- I may become a party planner! So I thought I would take away some of your stress by helping you to plan a fun and simple celebration for your students.
I love a party that has a theme! I have been giving you lots of different party theme ideas over the past several days. Today we are going to plan a gingerbread man party!
Having gingerbread cookies seems kind of obvious. I love to let the kids decorate their own cookie. This makes a fun treat and party activitiy! I love the way Hostess with the Mostess set up her cookie decorating table. The individual cups of frosting are genius! And using popsicle sticks instead of knives is a fantastic idea!
These gingerbread man marshmallow pops from The Decorated Cookie, blow my mind! So darn cute! And marshmallow pops are much easier than cake pops!
I like to serve more than just sweets at my parties, so I am in love with these gingerbread man shaped sandwiches from Kara's Party Ideas! All she did was use a cookie cutter on them! Fun and very simple!
How fun would it be to have your students make this gingerbread play dough from Parenting a Forest? Even my third graders are obsessed with play dough! And your room will smell so good!
These gingerbread man cans from Glitter to Gum Drops would be lots of fun to paint! You could have students use them to hold treats or even to plant a seed!
These gingerbread man clips from Eyeballs by Day are super cute and would be very simple! I would put a magnet on the back so that parents can use them to hold a picture or art project on the refrigerator!
These cinnamon dough gingerbread ornaments from Wholefully are really cute and they would smell delicious! They make a great Christmas gift for parents!
A gingerbread party would not be complete without making gingerbread houses! The easiest way that I have found to make the houses with a class is to get empty small milk cartons from the cafeteria. Now students just need to put the frosting on the box and attach the gram crackers. Without the milk carton, walls are always falling down! I love this gingerbread house making table from Party Wishes!
I recommend putting together a gingerbread man photo booth similar to this one by Miss Jenny's House of Sass. Students love posing for fun pics! I would suggest having a few gingerbread men and women so that students can take pictures with their friends too.
It would be fun to get the kids up and moving with this gingerbread man scavenger hunt by Discover-Learn-Connect. She included FREE printables and lots of ideas for adapting the hunt based on the number of students you have and their age. My school does a big gingerbread man scavenger hunt. It's fun to watch the kids running around the school!
There are so many fantastic gingerbread man books out there! You can read them the week leading up to the party or even at the party!
The Gingerbread Boy is the classic story of the gingerbread cookie that escapes from one mouth to find himself in another! Everyone needs to hear this fairy tale!
The Gingerbread Cowboy is such a fun book! It's a western version of the gingerbread boy story. The pictures and descriptive language make this one of my favorite holiday read alouds.
Gingerbread Man loose in the School is always a favorite with my students. While the kids are at recess, the gingerbread man tries to escape from the school. The entire school is working together to find the gingerbread man and the ending is perfect!
The Gingerbread Baby is a fun tale of a Gingerbread baby that escapes from the oven. All the characters in the book are chasing the cookie through the village.
I hope that these ideas help you to put together a fun holiday celebration for your students!
If a gingerbread man party doesn't seem like a good fit for your class, you might want to check out my other posts about holiday themed parties!
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