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Ideas for an At-school Birthday Party or Activity for My Son (In Kindergarten)

Hi moms! I’ve got a 5-year-old son who will be having a birthday this month. I’d like to know if any of you have any ideas for a school b-day party (he's in all day Kindergarten). I looked into a “Mad Scientist” coming to do a presentation and experiment with his class, but it’s way too expensive. The school said some parents buy pizza for the class and have a special lunch, but I’m looking for something a little more creative. We’ll be traveling to see family for his birthday, so I’m trying not to spend too much on his school party. Any fun, inexpensive ideas that would be appropriate for a kindergarten class?

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Hi K.,
My son is in Kindergarten and I asked about bringing birthday cupcakes (store bought for safety)but his teacher would not allow it. She did however have a celebration for him in the class and he had a party hat and they sang Happy birthday to him. I reccomend you ask the teacher if they allow it first.
Good luck

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One year for my daughter we did a craft porject. She and her class made those foam picture frames, you can get them at any craft store for about $1.00 a piece. Then have the kids decorate them with stickers, little ones love stickers! Then we took a picture of the birthday girl and each classmate and printed them out and placed the pic in the frame that the class mate made. It was alot of fun! We did not do any cupcakes, what teacher wants a bunch of kids on sugar?

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Ask his teacher first. Perhaps, if doing a "party" in school....you want to make sure it does not interrupt the school schedule and learning periods. Mostly, parents give food or cupcakes or goody bags to the class. Unless, at your son's school the "tradition" is for parents to host a party in class?

Hope you find great ideas here,
~Susan
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We are actually having a mad scientist party for my son this weekend. I googled "mad scientist party" on the internet and found so many easy things to do at home with everyday ingredients. Remember the volcanos with baking soda and vinegar? We are making flubber (borax, glue and water) and pud (cornstarch and water). Instant snow can be purchased at school supply stores. Photo paper is scientific and fun.Don't gorget about magnets. Homemade lava lamps (oil and water). Homemade bubbles (glycerin, dish soap and water).
For goodie bags, I bought glow sticks, pop rocks candy, science stickers (I'm looking for magnifying glasses and tweezers too) and then they will also take home their creations.
Food-the kids will make their own molecular sturctures out of pretzel sticks and Dots candy. A melon baller for fruit to be "atoms." i also found an idea to make jello in petri dishes and add little candies for the "bacteria."

Be sure to check with your sons teacher though about she herself feels about classroom parties. She may prefer to keep it very simple. Often, teachers get stuck being the party host at school parties when it not their responsibility. If you really want a big celebration with his classmates, it may be better to wait until next year when you have the time and money.

have fun!

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I brought carrot cake muffins decorated with just a little frosting (made smiley faces), mango juice from Trader Joe's and small red gala apples (the really small ones). The kids LOVED it ALL!! Keep it simple! Half the time, you have kids that can't have certain things due to allergies, so I always try to keep it simple and have something that everyone can enjoy. Also, I showed up during their afternoon snack time so rather than snack on what the school usually gives them, they got what I brought.

Another fun idea might be to read them a book then supply a snack that pertains to the book. For example, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - you could provide those little Organic chocolate milks from Costco and chocolate chip cookies.

Also, my son's birthday was recently and we spend a lot of time at his sister's school so I brought treats for his birthday too. I brought watermelon. Who would have thought the kids would have been so excited! I brought enough for the teachers in all the classes but these kids ate it all and they still talk about it.

Enjoy!
M.

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If you aren't shy, you could do a similar theme to the "Mad Scientist" or clown and just do it yourself. There are a lot of easy and fun science games out there and of course if you know how to make balloon animals you are set to be a clown. We also had a mom whose husband was a firefighter. She arranged with the fire department to have the whole class come out and learn about fire safety, they even got to climb on the fire truck and some slide down the pole. Even if your husband isn't a firefighter, you can usually arrange a similar thing with your fire department. If you want to hand out some not too expensive momentos of the experience, log onto www.orientaltrading.com and they have plastic firemen helmets that you could hand out. Then have cake in the shape of a fire truck (or a fire if you have a harder time with the truck) or decorate the icing to show a firefighting scene. You'll have to prepare this enough in advance that you can book the date with the fire department and get permission for a field trip from the school (they might have to get permission slips from the parents, etc).
If that won't work, talk to your local library about other options that might work. I know, your library? But they usually have great contacts with people who might be able to offer some pretty fun activities (our does anyway). Good luck.

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I would ask the teacher if the school even allows that. At my school it is ok for the kids to bring a healthy treat as a birthday snack and we sing Happy Birthday but really that is it. Many schools now a days do not allow "parties". If you can do something you should do something academic like the mad scientist idea. Also make sure all of the kindergartners are involved, their feeling get hurt very easily if left out. That sounds like a lot of fun:)

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Hello Kelly,
I am a mom of two, a 2nd grader and 4th grader. Room Mom every year. My advice is to ask the teacher if you can bring in a craft project. Look for some ideas on Family Fun.com. Also, kindergarteners don't eat the large cupcakes. buy the mini ones or better yet, have them make dirt worm cups.

recipe: pre-made chocolate pudding cups, crushed oreos and gummy worms on top.
Don't forget spoons. It's a great boy birthday treat!! And girls tend to love the worms too!

Have fun and try not to over do it. Parents feel pressure to compete with grand events.

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Hi K.,
My son is in Kindergarten and I asked about bringing birthday cupcakes (store bought for safety)but his teacher would not allow it. She did however have a celebration for him in the class and he had a party hat and they sang Happy birthday to him. I reccomend you ask the teacher if they allow it first.
Good luck

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