A shared resource for all those helping to coordinate volunteer time in classrooms everywhere.
Welcome to Room Mom Central
School begins...and just as room moms in every classroom begin to plan a year's worth of classroom parties...I turned to the internet in search of resources, where I was inspired to create my own place for resources.
I am a teacher. I have been very fortunate to have had so many great parent volunteers throughout the years. I am also a room mom/classroom volunteer for my own child.
Please feel free to add your ideas...and comment on activities that have worked (or not worked) for you.
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Planning a Party (minus the chaos)
Here are a few of the many ways in which you could organize your classroom party.
Rotating Stations: Length of time: 1 hour Rotate every 15 minutes, four times.
1. Craft 2. Game 3. Game or Craft 4. Snack time
Rotating Stations: Length of time: 1 hour Rotate every 15 minutes, three times.
1. Craft 2. Game 3. Game or Craft
The last 15 minutes: Snack time for everyone
I prefer this option, especially with younger children. This gives them time to eat, and also gives them somewhere to go if they finish a game/craft early.
12" x 18" orange construction paper
9" x 12" green construction paper
red, yellow, and black construction paper scraps
Directions: Teacher Prep:
1. Fold the orange paper in half to make a 6" x 18" rectangle.
2. Measure 2" in from the open edge and draw an 18" line across the paper.
3. Draw lines 1" apart between the fold of the paper and the 18" line.
4. Prep the handle: cut 1 1/2" x 12" strip of green construction paper, For the kids:
1. Cut on the lines, starting at the fold. Do not cut all the way through.
2. Unfold the paper, bend it into a cylinder, and staple the side edges together.
3. Add the handle for the lantern, staple the strip in an arc to the top edge of the lantern.
4. Add the eyes, nose and mouth for the lantern, using scraps of construction paper
Love This Pumpkin
This idea comes from craftideas.info. I used this as one of the craft centers for our Fall Harvest Party. I pre-cut and pre-punched holes in the strips. Kids assembled them. I put out a variety of colors (orange, red, green, yellow) so that they could make apples or pumpkins. Some the kids put faces on them, and others mixed and matched the colors. The kids had fun with this fun and quick project.
Using Popsicle sticks, the kids can create a neat craft to hang on your door.
Pre-cut a yellow corn on the cob shape. Add two green husks. Pre-cut small (1"x1") tissue paper squares. Using the eraser end of your pencil, wrap a tissue paper square and dip into glue. Then stick it on the corn. Makes a neat 3 dimensional cob of corn.
This art project can be adjusted to just about any theme. For fall, provide the kids with pictures of different leaves. Mix the puffy paint and let them paint with brushes. You can find the exact recipe here.
Recipe: Elmer's glue
shaving cream (scented or unscented)
The result will be a puffy picture! Wear your paint shirts!
Make a bouquet of easy to make flower pens. Begin by decorating a terracotta pot however you like, then add a handful of dried moss, small river rocks or dried beans, and stick in a dozen flower pens. A wonderful gift that any teacher would appreciate. Thoughtful, handmade and practical.
June Tailor makes a cool transfer paper that works well when transferred to baby onesies. I buy the 3 pack ($7.99 at JoAnn Fabrics (don't forget to use your 40% off coupon). Then I cut each sheet into 8 pieces, enough for 24 kids to design one. Have the kids color the paper with crayons or markers. Don't forget to have them put their name on the paper. Then on the front of a onesie tee shirt, iron on a design. (**Follow the directions in the package.) Instead of wrapping the onesies...I hang them with clothes pins from a piece of yarn, stretched across the chalkboard. The teacher will be so excited to have 24 personalized onesies for the new baby!
Thank You Student Teacher:
For less than $30, you can personalize both sides of small cosmetic bag as thank you for your student teacher. Create a bag with picture or student art that can be used for a pencil bag. Check out Bagettes.com for more information on this very cool, yet simple gift.
This website was created to share ideas collected from many, many sources in a general, easy to use format. I do my best to note the source of the idea...but even teachers make mistakes. If you notice something I missed, please let me know about it.