Get some ideas for a fun and crafty virtual class party for your elementary aged kids to do together remotely!
It’s getting to be the time of year where there are a lot of class parties for elementary ages kids. If you are a room parent or teacher you might be planning a class party for Valentine’s Day or the end of the school year or maybe even to celebrate a birthday. And this year, of course, because of present circumstances, a lot of these will be VIRTUAL class parties.
If you’ve ever had to plan a class party, you know that finding activities that are fun, engaging AND not too long or too short can be challenging. So today I thought we’d talk about crafty virtual class party ideas. It might seem impossible to do crafty things when you’re not all together in the same space, but you can!
I always think crafty activities are the most fun kind of activity for parties at school because they’re easy for everyone to participate in and the kids get a completed project when they’re finished.
I am aiming these suggestions towards elementary aged kids but a lot of them would be fun for older kids as well! Just adjust the project ideas as necessary for the grade level!
Tips and Tricks for a Successful Crafty Virtual Class Party
- Run through the activity ahead of time to make sure you know what supplies the students need and how long it takes.
- If the kids will need specific supplies (crayons or scissors, for example) let them know ahead of time.
- Minimize the number of supplies needed, keep it simple to make sure everyone can participate. Don’t do a project with googly eyes or glitter and expect all the kids to have those things at home. Stick to basics like paper, crayons, scissors or household items.
- Test the activity out on your own kids (if you have them) to see if it’s fun.
- Ask the teacher’s opinion (if you’re a room parent). Teachers REALLY have a good idea what kinds of group activities will be successful and which will not.
- If your activity involves an outside website, make sure that website is accessible and appropriate on school devices with parental controls (for example, if it uses a YouTube video, make sure YouTube isn’t blocked by your district’s school devices).
- Leave time at the end for kids to share the crafty end product with their classmates!
Crafty Virtual Class Party Ideas
- Do a drawing together! My favorite site for this is ArtforKidsHub. On this site, Mr Hub draws a drawing step by step so kids can follow along. There are tons of different things to draw at all different ability levels. There are even holiday themed drawings if your virtual class party is a holiday party! You can also do doodles with Mo Willems. Or try any of these other art lessons for kids.
- Decorate your name! Have kids write their name in block letters and then fill them in with colors or patterns.
- Zentangles! Give the kids a brief explanation of how to make Zentangles and then let them go to town.
- Play Pictionary! My 5th grader used this fun online Pictionary platform with his class and the kids LOVED it. One child draws on the screen and the others guess what it is by typing in words (no one can see anyone else’s guesses). If you get it right, you get a point.
- Draw self portraits or portraits of each other! Put kids in pairs and have them draw their partner.
- Draw the teacher! Have all the kids draw a portrait of the teacher (or the principal) and then compare them all at the end. Optional twist: draw your teacher as an astronaut or a clown or a princess.
- Design your dream house (or school)! Show kids some examples of floor plans and then let them design their own dream house or dream school. Let them include things like an ice cream room or a giant chocolate fountain because, why not?!
- Make paper airplanes together! Demonstrate step by step and have the class follow along, all they need is a sheet of paper.
- Do origami! You can demonstrate a simple origami project and have the kids follow along or use an online video, ArtforKidsHub has origami too!
- Take a virtual field trip to an art museum! Either explore the virtual art museum together or let kids explore on their own. Consider giving them a list of specific things to find or a scavenger hunt to work on while they look at art!
- Make a craft using things everyone has at home! The goal is to make sure to only use supplies that everyone will have so they can all participate, so find a craft on Pinterest using things like regular paper, toilet paper rolls or handprints (have them trace their hands instead of dip them in paint to make it WAY easier). No googly eyes or pipe cleaners or anything “fancy”!
- Make paper snowflakes (or paper spiderwebs) or paper doll chains! All you need is paper and scissors!
- Make a paper chain! This one is for the younger kids, again all they need is paper and either tape or a stapler. They can decorate their paper chain links or use construction paper. You can even make a countdown chain with a certain number of links (number of days until Spring Break, for example)
- Do a craft using natural materials! For this you will definitely need to plan ahead to allow your students to go outside and collect what they need. Try leaf rubbing or tracing or make a collage with sticks. My kindergartener used colorful fall leaves and a pen to draw on them to make a leaf animal!
- Do a color wheel scavenger hunt! Give the kids a color and have them go find something at home that’s that color. Repeat.
- Trace things! Have your kids trace a toy or household object and then draw or color the details inside the shape.
- Do a collaborative drawing! Kids love to use the annotation tool. Give them a basic subject or story (like “school day at the beach” or “a unicorn goes to school”) and have them take turns adding a single element to a collaborative drawing. Silly is fine, go head and add a fish on a surfboard! It’s sort of like Mad Libs but with art.
- Draw from a photo! Put a photo of a famous person, place, inspirational image or beautiful landscape and have kids draw their own version for just 5 minutes. Share them at the end.
- Draw single line drawings! Give kids a subject or put an images on the screen and have the kids draw it as best they can with only a single line, never picking their pencil up from the paper.
- Draw with your eyes closed! Show them a picture and then have them close their eyes and draw the same thing as best they can. Compare at the end, they will be hilarious!
If you come up with any other creative crafty class party ideas, I would love to hear them!
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