Fun Ways to End the School Year with a Bang

Between organizing, packing, cleaning, summer vacation excitement, and class management, the end of the year can be a little overwhelming. But despite everything you have to do, you still want to enjoy your students and make it memorable!

I’m sharing some fun ways to end the school year and make great memories with your students!

Balloon Pop

On the last day of school, we had “Memory Day” and I filled a bunch of balloons (one for each student plus a few extras) with slips of paper. The slips had questions about the year, for example, What was your favorite book/ field trip/ event this year? I also had some fun ones, like Sing your favorite song, Do a silly dance, and Tell us a joke.

When kids came in on the last day, it made them so excited to see the colorful balloons taped to our wall and they couldn’t wait to pop them!

I saved one balloon in a corner and popped it last. What did its slip say? GROUP HUG!

We LOVE ending the year by remembering fun things we did throughout it. In this balloon pop, I insert paper slips with a question about the year or silly request, like Do a Silly Dance. Each student pops a balloon and does what the slip says. I save the last balloon, which says GROUP HUG! Great way to end the year on a high note!

Memory Book

This is my favorite way to remember everything we did this year because it will make a keepsake that students will appreciate for years to come. Read this post for tips to make a unique end-of-year memory book.

A memory book is my favorite way to end the year with a keepsake. Start early and have your students do one page a day. It makes a great project for the end of the year. Read more end-of-year activities for kindergarten and first grade!

Awards Ceremony

Roll out the red carpet and have your students stroll down with as much personality as they would like to receive their special awards!

In our school, we had bulletin board paper on huge rolls so I taped some red paper to the floor and grandly introduced each student as they came up to receive their award. I love giving each student a unique award, so I made these end-of-year awards that have 50 different categories plus editable ones. Students love the silly names and I love having the little descriptions for each right on the awards.

End the year with an awards show ceremony! Hand out these unique and punny awards to your students and they will giggle and beam proudly. Read the post for more end-of-year ideas and tips!

Check out the video below to see how they work!

End-of-Year Picnic/ Luau

If you want to invite your parents to come in for a celebration, a picnic is perfect. With limited space, the classroom can get pretty packed so going outside is easier, weather permitting. You can even get leis, play some tropical music, and use a broomstick to play limbo.

I asked parents to bring in a blanket and a lunch for themselves and their children. Sometimes I provided refreshments, but my class moms/dads were always more than happy to take care of them.

This picnic is also a perfect time for your students to share their portfolios or memory books with their parents!

A picnic is a fun way to end the year! Ask students to bring in a blanket and serve some easy refreshments or have parents provide them. It's also a great way to share writing portfolios or memory books with parents. Read this post for more fun ways to end the year!

FREE End-of-Year Slideshow

Parents love seeing pictures of their kids throughout the school year. Do you know who else does? KIDS! I love how they giggle and call each other’s names out as they appear onscreen.

An end-of-year slideshow makes a great display during your celebration. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Just insert any pictures you’ve taken throughout the year into a PowerPoint and add text for a heading.

I’ve made you a FREE template you can use to make a simple EOY slideshow with ‘All About Me’ slides your students can fill out.

Grab this FREE All About Me template to make a class book or slideshow! It's great for the end of the year, but you can also make it at the beginning of the year and your students can enjoy reading the book throughout the year.

Just edit the cover slide, have your students complete their slides, and copy and paste them into one slideshow. You can add a little music and transitions if you want to make it fancy, or you can just click through the slideshow!

Grab this FREE All About Me template to make a class book or slideshow! It's great for the end of the year, but you can also make it at the beginning of the year and your students can enjoy reading the book throughout the year.

You can also print out the slides and put them into a class book!

THEME DAYS or Weeks

Of course, themes are always a lot of fun! Some themes are super easy (bubble day) while others take a bit of time to put together so you may want to have the theme last at least a week (see my Dinosaur and Farm theme posts).

Some fun and easy themes are bubbles, dress-up day, kindness day, game day, movie & pajamas, garage sale, and funny book day!

Have snacks for the theme! Here are ideas for a beach day theme.

How fun are these snacks! During our end-of-year theme days, you can make some fun snacks with your students! These are an example of beach day snacks but you can get creative with other themes. Read this post for more fun ways to end the school year!
How fun are these snacks! During our end-of-year theme days, you can make some fun snacks with your students! These are an example of beach day snacks but you can get creative with other themes. Read this post for more fun ways to end the school year!

You can even use the balloon pop idea at the beginning of this post to pop the theme of the day!

Class Management

Of course, management can get a little hairy with all of the excitement, so be sure to read my post about my secret way of keeping kids calm and trying their best until the very last day of school!

This year was a doozy, but it’s definitely one to remember! You’ll be glad you took some days to have fun with your students and laugh together! 馃檪

Don’t forget to get your free end-of-year class book or slideshow template!


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