Celebrate a Successful School Year
Students, families, teachers and school staff-all worked hard to make school a rewarding learning experience. Before the summer break, plan a festive year-end celebration!
Enticing Year-End Events
Choose a fun theme for the last class of the year. Homeroom parents and teachers might want to surprise students, or the kids might surprise teachers. What are the year's most memorable moments?
Sort through photos of field trips, class visitors, Parent-Teacher Organization presentations, and other memorable experiences. Make decorated paper frames for pictures or incorporate the photos into artwork.
Hold a class potluck. Each family brings a favorite ethnic dish. Celebrate family heritages by displaying children's writing and art about their ancestors' countries. Swap recipes.
An Art-Fair to Remember!
Sponsor a school-wide, or grade-level, art fair that involves every student. Students plan, prepare a program, select work, hang pieces, and act as docents.
Everyone gets in the act! Drop Crayola® crayons into the milk jug. Draw your own "pin the tail on the donkey" game. Paint the playground with Crayola® Washable Kid's Paint and hose it off between artists. Everyone can work together to design a gigantic roller coaster using decorated cardboard rolls.
It will only last until the next rain-so let children's imaginations reign. Children decorate the sidewalks and playground with colorful Crayola® Sidewalk Chalk.
Magic Carpet of Memories.
Honor teachers with a Magic Carpet of School Year Memories. Children draw memories and messages of thanks on rolled paper and pull out the magic carpet of warm thoughts.
Curriculum on Parade.
With paper grocery bags, Crayola® Scissors, and Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons, children design and create costumes that depict their favorite book characters, science topic, math concept, or country-whatever idea was most intriguing to them in the school year. Invite the school board and community to see learning come alive!
End of School Year Thank You Gifts
Come up with special gifts for everyone who played a part in your children's education: teachers, bus drivers, crossing guards, cafeteria workers, custodial staff.
Personal Note Pads.
Design a logo for your school, or choose something you know the recipient likes. Decorate plain notepads with the person's name and your creative art.
Children's art, beautifully framed, brings back fond memories for years. Choose a special piece, mount it on mat board with Crayola® Glue Sticks. Make sure the young artist signs and dates this special gift.
Each child writes and illustrates a memory book gift, using Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils. Bind the pages with yarn. Imagine the teacher's delight!
For the principal, librarian, and other staff members, a scroll with children's decorative names and best wishes might be the right way to say thank you for a year of achievement. On roll paper, students write messages and sketch memories with Crayola® Markers, Crayons, and Colored Pencils. Unroll the scroll to a drum roll!