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 “holidays around the world” party. After learning about the different ways that Christmas is celebrated around the world, my students love to incorporate these celebrations into our class party!
I like to have some treats and crafts from a variety of counties. You can make each country into a station! I am going to share several ideas from four different countries.
In Australia, reindeer don’t fly Santa’s sleigh. Instead, he has six white boomers, or kangaroos. How about teaching your kids the song Six White Boomers? You can grab a free printable of the song lyrics by clicking HERE.
Students would love making these Australian aboriginal art ornaments from Mrs. Ds Corner. They just use paint, Q Tips, and solid-colored ornaments!
It would be so fun to serve pavlova, which is a traditional dessert in Australia. This pavlova recipe from One Perfect Day looks yummy!
Kids in Australia love fairy bread and I bet your students will too! I mean look at all of those sprinkles! Check out THIS simple recipe for fairy bread. Seriously, it is just bread, butter, and sprinkles! Make it a party activity by letting the kids make their own.
It would be so much fun to have your students take off their shoes and place them outside the classroom door. Then have a volunteer or coworker, fill them with fruit and small candies!
This Eiffel Tower craft from Tiny Little Bites would be a great craft in the classroom! And straws are so cheap!
It would be delicious to have a traditional yule log or Buche de Noel cake! This recipe from Easy French Food sounds pretty simple.
To make the cake even more simple, and turn it into a party activity- I had my kiddos frost a Twinkie! They were in their glory!
Germany might be my favorite because you can do so much with Christmas trees, candy canes, and gingerbread!
These Christmas tree Grahams from Kasey Trenum are adorable and super simple! Kids could make their own! It is an activity and a treat!
These Christmas tree STEM projects from Left Brain Craft Brain look like a blast. I especially like the gumdrop tree!
Wouldn’t it be fun to do a science experiment at your party? The kids would love it! Check out this candy cane experiment from The Brown Bag Teacher.
I highly recommend making these candy cane ornaments from Teacher’s Pet. They are super simple and perfect for a party station.
Gingerbread cookies would be the perfect treat. I love to let the kids decorate their own cookies. This makes a fun treat and party activity! 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!
If you want to add more gingerbread fun to your holiday party, you should check out THIS post about a gingerbread man party. All of the treats and activities would be perfect for Germany!
This poinsettia directed drawing from Art Projects for Kids is super fun. My students had a blast doing them last year and they turned out gorgeous!
How about doing a piñata with your class? You can buy them at most party stores.
If you are not feeling adventurous enough to have kids smacking a piñata in class, how about having students make a piñata? This paper bag piñata from Unsophisticook looks cute and simple!
For the food, I think it goes without saying that you need some chips and salsa! Tamales would be a very traditional Mexican Christmas dish to share.
These sombrero cookies from Tales of a Super Mom are absolutely adorable and super simple to make!
Holidays Around the World Escape Room
If all that sounds like just a little too much for you, I’ve got the perfect easy way to celebrate the Holidays Around the World. My Holidays Around the World Escape Room is no-prep but tons of fun! You don’t need any pinatas or craft supplies to experience holiday traditions from around the globe.
Your students will be eager to learn about different countries and their holiday traditions all while trying to solve which items will be brought to the holiday celebration through a series of clues and codes. This activity is filled with a mixture of strategies and problems that a variety of grade levels will be able to utilize and enjoy! It not only challenges students to use their problem-solving skills, and it will challenge them to use their communication skills as well.
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I hope that these ideas help you to create a fun “holidays around the world” celebration with your students!
If a holidays around the world party is not a good fit for your class, you might enjoy one of my other Christmas party posts. Check out these other ideas: Reindeer Classroom Christmas Party Ideas, Snowman Classroom Christmas Party Ideas, or Gingerbread Man Classroom Christmas Party Ideas.
Have a Not So Wimpy Day,