It’s not a party until kids are moving!
Traditions involving food to celebrate are great, but holidays and classroom parties offer a perfect opportunity to add extra physical activity to the school day. Ditch the food and get moving!
- Let students come up with healthy party ideas and ask parents to share ideas for activities, games and crafts.
- Have parents bring simple trinkets or games (like pens or fidget spinners) instead of cupcakes for birthdays.
- Have a dance party. Let students select the music, and invite the principal and other school staff. Kidz Bop is a great resource for kid-friendly versions of popular, high energy tunes.
- Get students involved in planning and preparing for celebrations—let them make decorations and favors and choose the games.
Make it stick:
The school health team or a group of students can work together to create a healthy classroom party guide to distribute to parents. You can also work with school leadership to implement a healthy classroom party policy that replaces food with activity.
- Give children extra recess time instead of a party.
- Celebrate by organizing a special community service project. Invite senior citizens for school lunch, collect goods and make cards for sheltered families, or organize a project outside for Earth Day.
- Arrange a treasure hunt around the classroom. Provide a special non-food treat at the end. Use a theme that ties into what the kids are learning in class.
- Hold a teacher vs. student or parent vs. student activity.
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