Create memories with these end of year class party ideas. Everyone is celebrating the last day of school together with games, food, and crafts that are perfect for kids of all ages! Check out these easy ideas for in-person and virtual classes.
Planning an end of the year class party
It’s May and kids are ready to start their summer break. You are probably done with all of the testing and classwork and all the assignments have been turned in. (hopefully…)
Now what? Throw a fun end of year class party! Whether it’s the last day or the last week of school, having a celebration is a fun way to spend those last moments as a class.
We’ve created a list of creative activities, foods, crafts, and more that will help celebrate the last school day and create amazing memories.
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Create a memory book
Whether it’s a digital memory book or something that the kids cut and paste together. Having a book for all the kids to enjoy is a great way to remember the year.
Added bonus? Have the kids sign and leave personal messages to each other.
Let your kids walk the red carpet and take pictures. (real or imaginary depending on your school’s policies) Have the kids cheer on their classmates.
Your students are very talented kiddos. Let them show off their skills in a fun talent show.
Maybe they are great at dancing. Or they have a magic trick they want to show off. Even a wonderful piece of artwork is worth sharing.
Explore your classroom, school, or even the parking lot with an end-of-year scavenger hunt. Find your school’s mascot, your principal, or the school’s copy machine.
My kid’s favorite school days are pajama days. Let them bring their favorite stuffy/toy and watch a movie together. So simple, yet always a class favorite.
Visit the next grade’s classroom
Your kids are going up a grade level. Which may come with some nerves and questions. Help get them started on the right foot with this activity. Coordinate with other teachers to let the kids explore where they will be next year!
Write letters to next year’s students
Let your kids tell future students what to expect in your classroom.
Distance learning alternatives
Almost everything on this list can be converted to a virtual option.
A slide show, a digital memory book, or an online scavenger hunt are all great alternative ideas for an end-of-year party.
Set up a special Zoom call for kids to talk about their summer bucket lists, favorite memories, and decide what they are going to do that doesn't involve a computer screen.
Class party snack ideas
Always a favorite. Bring a couple of flavors and let your kids create the perfect Sunday. Or just bring ice cream bars.
Have each kiddo bring a specific color of the rainbow food idea. Or let create rainbow veggie kabobs.
Kid friendly charcuterie board
Finger foods make fantastic party foods. If you’re worried about spreading germs. Have someone (aka a parent volunteer or even the teacher) move the food from the charcuterie board to the kids’ plate for them.
A fun school themed treat are these pencil shaped cookies.
Summer themed treats
Beaches, swimming, and more. These pudding cups are a cute and summery treat for the class.
Easy Classroom Decorations
Decorate for you celebration with things that will remind the kids of all the fun and learning they’ve had during the year.
Decorate your bulletin board with pictures from the past year. Maybe let each kid bring their favorite picture to share. Or you can print from your personal collection and let each child take home a picture of themselves from the year.
String memories of the year around the classroom
Let each child write their favorite memory and hang it in the classroom as a decoration.
Instead of stringing the memories. Put them in balloons. Then let the kids pop a balloon and read the memory.
Set up a fun selfie station for your middle school or high school students. Create a unique hashtag together. Print or bring fun props. It’s an easy way to get the older kids excited.
Class Party Crafts
Use this opportunity to craft those summer ideas you’ve found. Don’t stress too much over these crafts. These should be easy and use up supplies that you have accumulated over the past year.
Yellow 3D Hanging Sun
Use construction paper to create this paper sun craft. Take it up a notch and have your kids write things that they want to do during the summer on each sunbeam.
Paper Ice Cream Invitation to create
Use up all those construction paper scraps you’ve accumulated during the school year. All that leftover brown makes great chocolate ice cream!
Summer Coloring Pages
Go easy on yourself and just print summer coloring pages and let your kids color!
End of year gift ideas
As teachers you may want to send your kids off with a fun item. These gift ideas are easy and inexpensive.
Fill an inexpensive bucket with fun summer activities. Chalk, bubbles, and an actual bucket list.
Unfrozen ice treats, suckers, and even bags of microwave popcorn. All are fun treats to send home with your kids.
Check Etsy for inexpensive and adorable printable tags.
Teacher T-Shirt Ideas
We found several shirts that are perfect for teachers. You deserve the break for all your hard work this school year.
See Ya Next Year
Send them off while wearing this fun “See Ya Next Year” t-shirt. Plus you get to choose the grade in your hashtag.
Happy Last Day Of School
This colorful and cute “Happy Last Day Of School” shirt is perfect to wear during your end of year celebration.
Teacher Off Duty
Start your summer with this perfect “Teacher Off Duty” shirt.
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