As Room Mom for Peter’s kindergarten class my main responsibility is planning their class parties. (Actually, as far as I can tell, that’s my only responsibility.)
Yesterday was the Spring/Easter celebration. And I was quite proud of the activities that I had planned for the kids.
I read them the story “The Golden Egg” by Margaret Wise Brown. It is a really sweet story about friendship and it’s fairly short so it held their attention.
After I read the story through once, I handed out egg shakers that I made using plastic eggs, rice and super glue and told them I was going to read the story again and every time I read the word “egg” I wanted them all to shake their shakers. They got a kick out of this and were excited when I told them they could take the shakers home. (I guess when you are 5 and 6, it’s the little things that make life sweet.)
Then I had 4 different centers set up that the kids rotated through.
In the first craft center, we made these adorable little lambs. The directions came from here.
In the second craft center, we made these cute little chicks. The directions came from here.
In the third craft center, I had the kids cut out a large egg from big construction paper. We put the construction paper into a box and dropped marbles covered in paint into the box and rolled the marbles around in the box. The eggs were decorated with cool paint streaks. I think the kids had the most fun with this one. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of one of the completed eggs.
And in the last center we played a Jelly Bean Math Game. I taped three egg cartoons together and filled each section with jelly beans. I had each of the kids stand about two feet away and toss a bottle cap into the carton. They got points depending on which cup their bottle cap landed in. Each of the kids had to write the point value for each turn they took and add it up. I had Ring Pops as a prize for each of the kids when they got done in this center.
I hope the kids had fun at their Spring/Easter Celebration. At one point during the party, I was trying not to lose my cool and Peter’s teacher looked at me and laughed and said, “It’s controlled chaos.”
I guess I wouldn’t make a good kindergarten teacher because too me, it just seemed like chaos!
For more cool craft ideas, visit the We Made It, Friday Showcase at Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. (And despite the name of her blog, she’s not really crazy!)