Preschool or Kindergarten Graduation Party Ideas
Your child has loved spending 3 or 4 years at preschool. What could be better than making new friends, having snacks, hearing stories, arts and crafts and lots of running around? Next year it's off to Kindergarten. I know you're in shock at how fast time flies! So, who says a graduation party has to be just for high school or college? Throw a preschool graduation party at home or at school for all of the families. Another photo op with the kids!
Preschool Graduation Invitations
When hosting a children's party, make sure to get the kids involved. The fun begins with the invitation:
- Print a basic black and white invitation on a full sheet of paper and let the kids decorate them with crayons and stickers. These can be sent home in backpacks at the end of the school day or mailed out to all the families.
- If you're hosting this party at home, it's ok to send invitations with your child to school as long as you invite everyone in the class. You can invite the teachers too, but don't be offended if they can't make it to the party. They spend LOTS of time with the kids and enjoy nice quiet weekends.
- You can also choose a personalized graduation invitation from Party411. Pick a fun child's theme invitation with a blackboard and an apple invitation, or show off your cutie by using an photo graduation invitation.
- Throw in some fun graduation confetti in the envelope. The kids will love it!
If the party is being held at school with a graduation ceremony, be sure to let parents know with plenty of time to RSVP. They'll want to invite Grandma and Grandpa and maybe they'll bring a bouquet of flowers or a small gift for their graduate.
Preschool Graduation Decorations and Party Supplies
If you're hosting the party at home with your graduate as the star, why not have a fun life-sized cutout of your child dressed as a graduate. (We can make it shorter to match your child's height). Wouldn't it be awesome to have a custome graduation banner hanging above the classroom door or venue entrance? Have each child sign the banner as a sweet keepsake for their teacher.
Don't forget to get the kids involved with party decorations, too:
- Bring out that construction paper again and let the kids decorate signs and pictures for the walls. You can use art that the children have made throughout the year to decorate the room.
- Ask the teachers to save some of their favorites during the year and display them at home or in the classroom.
- Another fun idea is to cut out giant numbers to spell 2016 and have the kids put their hand stamp on the numbers.
Here are some other fun and inexpensive graduation decorations that we recommend you add:
If you're serving snacks or a meal, you'll want to do something specialwith your tables, too. See our tips below.
Preschool Graduation Table Decorations and Party Supply
Be sure to add a bit of decor to the tables! Start with fun graduation theme plates, cups and napkins. With paper goods, you won't need to worry about little hands with any real plates and cups. Plus, clean up is a breeze!
Your little graduates will love these fun table ideas, too:
- A graduation foil spray centerpiece is inexpensive and fun.
- A few graduation balloon bouquets in your school colors are an easy and inexpensive decorations.
- Or for a school party, ask the teachers to work with the kids to create fun centerpieces. The kids can choose the theme, and groups can be assigned different areas to decorate. One class can make fake flowers for floral bouquets and another class can color placemats.
- Protect your tables with plastic tablecovers. Layer a clear plastic tablecover over top and put pictures and mementos in between. Classroom pictures throughout the year, school play and choir programs, and student art are a few things to add. The tablecover keeps everything from getting messy!
If your party is at school, you won't need to offer a lot to eat. Cookies, cupcakes and juice are just fine. You can even ask families to bring different snacks for the party. If you're hosting the party at home, however, you may want to offer more of a meal, but be sure to make it kid friendly. Think mac and cheese and chicken nuggets!
Preschool Graduation Games and Activities
Get the kids involved: Young children love crafts as an activity! A great class project (or home project) is to make and decorate your own graduation cap. Here's what you'll need:
- Paper bowls (in the color of your choice)
- Colored cardboard or heavy construction paper (in the same color as the bowls)
Trim the bowl to fit over the child's head and attach a square of cardboard over the top of the bowl with glue. Make your tassel by taking a long strand of yarn and wrapping it around your fingers a few times. Tie the ribbon together and cut the other end of the ribbons. Tie on an extra piece of ribbon that is longer than the tassel so it hangs.
Then, poke a small hole in the top of the hat (let an adult do this, of course) and pull your tassel through. Tape it on the inside of the hat. The kids can help with glueing and wrapping ribbon around their fingers. They can also decorate their hats with stickers and crayons.
At your graduation, all the kids can march to the front of the room wearing their graduation caps. Have some graduation music in the background, and it's sure to make all the parents and grandparents shed a tear... or at least laugh at the cuteness of all the kiddies.
Preschool Graduation Party Favors
You don't need to get too crazy with party favors for a preschool graduation, but it might be fun to handout a small memento.
- Our graduation candy bars certainly make a yummy treat! We can personalize the back with the names of all the kids in the class.
- Or how about a personalized mint and candy tin that can be customized with your choice of wording and even a photo or school logo!
- A bright graduation lollipop is sure to be a hit with the kids.
- A pair of graduation glasses is a cute way to commemorate this special event!
- Don't forget to take lots of pictures, too! Print them out after the party, and send them out with thank you notes.
Have a fantastic graduation party, and congratulations to the guest or guests of honor from the Party Girl!