I'm the room parent for my 3rd grade daughter's class which means I'm in charge of planning both class parties - Halloween and Valentine's Day. I have to say 3rd graders are a bit out of my wheel house. Yes, I know I have one but I don't have a whole class full! The highest grade I taught was 2nd, youngest Kindergarten. I could plan a Kindergarten party with my eyes closed. Needless to say in putting this party together I needed lots of hand holding from my 3rd grader.
Her teacher mentioned she liked a station format for parties where students rotate between activities. With that in mind here are the stations I, er I mean we came up with:
Station 1: Decorating sugar cookies. Class party standard if you ask me.
Station 2: Spoooky Mad Libs. Templates found here.
Station 3: Pumpkin estimation - how much does the pumpkin weigh? What is it's circumference? Hey, a little math thrown into the party can't hurt. This station will also have a beaded pumpkin ornament for kids to make. Idea found here. Picture by Naturally Educational.
Station 4: Potato print skeletons. I was inspired by these darling shirts. Kids will print onto black paper. Will likely have some halved apples there too for pumpkin prints.
Are you planning a class party this year? Any words of advice?