The last day of school. It’s so close but somehow it’s also SO far away. I know how hard those last few weeks can be so I’ve compiled a list of eight different end of the year activities that your tiny humans will absolutely love.
It seems basic but never underestimate the power of extra recess. It requires zero prep, tiny humans love it, and it gives you an extra break.
Grab a box or two of popsicles and head outside! You could order the popsicles through your school nutrition department or even as a parent to send some in. If you’re buying them yourself and want a wallet friendly option, kids love those freeze pops that come with like five bazillion pops in a pack. You can get them at just about any grocery store, Target, or Walmart in the spring. There are also enough in those packs that you could have multiple parties or use some as end of the year gifts! It’s a simple, tasty activity that’s perfect for those hot end of the year days.
Another super simple activity that your tiny humans will love! These tiny camping flashlights and these adorable little finger flashlights are both under $15 on Amazon. Give one to each kid and turn out the lights during independent reading time. You could even have them bring a sleeping bag and pillow or a stuffed animal for their stay at camp! Want to take it a step further? Pass out little bags of trail mix for them to snack on while they read.
This is typically a school wide event for us but it’s easy to plan for just your class as well. Kickball, wiffle ball, relay races…the options are endless and it’s a great way for kids to get those end of the year wiggles out.
This is one of my favorite activities to do at the end of the year. It’s so much fun to listen to the tiny humans stroll down memory lane as they create their keepsake book! The printable and digital End of the Year Memory Book is in my TeachersPayTeachers store and I’ve written a post all about how I use it in my classroom. You can check out the post here.
Virtual Field Trip
One time, I took my kids on a virtual field trip to a zoo in Australia. At the end of the “field trip”, one of my tiny humans asked when our flight was leaving and if they needed to pack a jacket. I guess I should have been a little clearer when explaining the activity. WeAreTeachers has a great list of virtual field trips that you can check out here.
Another super simple but super fun activity. If you have a collection of board games in your classroom, your tiny humans can pair up and play a game of their choice. You could also invite them to bring in their favorite game from home to share with the class.
Movie and Popcorn
Need I say more? Everyone loves a good movie and a bowl of popcorn. Netflix and Disney+ have a lot of classroom friendly movies. I rely pretty heavily on Disney+ but I’ve heard Amazon Prime has some good kid friendly options. Hulu has some good movies too!
I hope these suggestions were helpful. I’d love to hear what fun things you’re doing in your classroom during these last few weeks of school. Are there any that I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!