This Grinch School Party is perfect for kids of nearly any age and goes perfectly with the How the Grinch Stole Christmas Advent Calendar!
Our first station was to Undecorate the Tree! I brought in the 2 trees off my front porch (my husband thought I should be committed), and the group at the station was split into 2 groups. They had to race to get the tree undecorated and all the ornaments into a cinch sack.
At this station, we also had a giant Grinch I made for a Pin-the-Heart on the Grinch activity. I’m going to pass this on to the teacher to use for next year either for the same activity or it could be used for the whole month of December for the kids to pin hearts on with acts of kindness or nice gestures that they’ve witnessed.
(sidenote: if you decide to make one, do NOT let it get stuck halfway through the laminator because then you might cry and throw your hands in the air and nobody wants to see an adult throw a hissy fit)
For our craft station, I found this adorable idea at Jean’s Crafty Corner and just modified them a little bit for us. We (meaning some of my fellow Mom helpers!! Love them!!) had all the pieces cut ahead of time and separated into individual baggies, so the kids just had to glue and draw on some of the features with a marker.
One of our games was out in the hallway, and set up like an obstacle course. My husband wrapped a ton of empty boxes (again, he’s convinced I’m nuts), and the kids had to pile all the gifts on a sled, place a stuffed dog (Max) on top with a Santa hat on him, and then pull the sled around all the obstacles without anything falling off. Kind of like they were going up on the mountain. Terrible picture, because I really had to crop it a lot to get all the kids out, but hopefully you get the picture.
Our other game station was Minute-To-Win-It style games. I painted a bunch of milk jugs to look like the Grinch. Then I put them on wrapped boxes of different heights. The kids had a belt around their waist and in the back was a tennis ball tied to a string. They had to knock the milk jugs off the boxes by swinging the ball and only hitting it with the ball. Supposed to be knocking the Grinch off the mountain.
I also had some popcorn boxes that they had to stack, pyramid-style while they raced against each other.
For the snack station, we had mini brownies (Lumps of Coal), pudding cups (Who Pudding), green grapes, green popcorn, and I’m pretty sure there was something else and I’m drawing a complete blank!
I also made up little goodie bags for each kid, and, of course, don’t really have any pictures of what was inside! I had green candy canes with a cute little poem attached that I found on The First Grade Parade. I also had little baggies of green M&M’s with a poem attached from Family Crafts.
I had little packs of green Mike & Ike’s, some plastic Christmas cups that I had picked up at Walmart last year (packs of 4 for a quarter!) and lots of Grinch-themed papers and puzzles that I had printed out!
The picture on the front was a gift tag that my mom put on one of my son’s gifts last year. I just saved it and then made copies and glued them down. It’s the same gift tag that I used to make the marker for the Grinch Advent Calendar. Seriously, this is the most-used gift tag in the history of ever.
Overall, a ton of fun (hopefully the kids agree!), but extremely happy it’s over! I actually didn’t have anything to do tonight and I think I mentioned that to my husband no less than 156 times!
Long live the Grinch!