Because it's just about time to start pulling together all the lose ends of summer, and gearing up for the new school year ahead, there's no better time to throw a super easy, breezy, fun and informal Back to School Bash for your kids.
All you need to do is contact a few moms of kids in your hood, or school friends from previous years, and pick a place to throw the party. It could be a local beach or field or park, or your own home. Either way, make sure to have the focus be just a fun day with friends, to regroup before school starts. Don't worry about the details too much! Once you have the location, get a bunch of refreshing beverages, some ice, sunscreen and easy snacks like crackers and fruit for everyone to share. You can bring bagels with cream cheese or pizza if you want to offer something more substantial.
Then pick a few team-building games to propose. Thinking in a team-spirit way will help your kids get more excited to go back to school, and be part of a larger classroom group and institution again. Some great team-building games are the egg on a spoon race, potato sack race, water balloon toss, hide and seek the treasure, or a scavenger hunt in teams. You can also do simple contests like which team can build the tallest tower with blocks, without knocking them over. Or which team can balance a book longer on their heads, or bounce a ball on a racket, or dribble. Relay races or simple obstacle courses are always fun for kids, too. For little ones, try games like Red Light Green Light, Duck Duck Goose, Limbo or Twister.
Party favors are totally optional and NOT necessary but if you want to make it an even more memorable day, and give the kids a little something to take home with them, I think that items like basic craft supplies reminiscent of school would be a nice idea, or small notepads, folders, pens, pencils, erasers or shiny red apples. A brown paper bag would be a simple, cute and appropriate way to hand these out too! The kis can even enjoy decorating their own at the party.
What ideas do you have for throwing a fun, simple back to school bash?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside