Celebrating Holidays in the Classroom Without Breaking the Bank


If you're a teacher, you might be looking for a way to celebrate the holidays in your classroom without spending a month's salary to do so. This blog post offers tips on how to save money and have fun in your class this winter.

Holiday Celebrations: No Big Bucks Required

One of the most fun things about school - for both students and teachers alike - are those special days in the classroom when you're celebrating something out of the ordinary, like students' birthdays and traditional holidays. The only challenge is finding a way to do so without breaking the bank. Unfortunately, teachers don't usually receive resources from their schools or districts for these purposes and are left to fend for themselves when it comes to funding their classroom celebrations. Here are a few suggestions for how to celebrate the holidays this winter without going bankrupt in the process.

Celebrating holidays in the classroom

Create a Holiday Wish List

If you want to have a holiday party in your classroom, make a list of the supplies you'll need and send it home with your students to see if their parents would be willing to donate any food or materials. Don't ask for anything crazy - you don't need a 10-foot inflatable reindeer - just kindly request help supplying a few decorations and snacks. It's much more reasonable to expect a dozen or so people to pitch in than to spend the money yourself.

Celebrate With Another Class

Another option is to combine your holiday party with that of another same grade-level classroom, so that you can save on decorations and activity costs. It'll also make the event feel that much more special, as your students will be able to interact with their peers during school time.

A student celebrates winter holidays in the classroom

Make Your Own Decorations & Snacks

Identify those party supplies that you and your students can make in the classroom. For example, you could do an art project where your students make paper snowflakes, and then use those as party decorations. In fact, your school might even have a kitchen where your class can prepare a simple snack, like Rice Krispy treats, to be eaten at your holiday party. Your students will love it all the more because it's ''homemade.''

Students celebrate the new year

Choose Low-Cost Activities

Here are a few ideas you can use in your classroom for an inclusive, holiday celebration on the cheap:

  • Conduct a group singalong of holiday songs from a variety of cultures.
  • Ask students to share a family holiday tradition by way of a show-and-tell, like a Hanukkah menorah, Christmas stocking, Chinese New Year lanterns, or a Kwanzaa unity cup. Have them give a short presentation to the class about the meaning of their traditions (and maybe find a way for the class to participate in them together).
  • Celebrate the winter solstice with an astronomy lesson and a special sun-viewing party using DIY solar-viewing glasses.
  • Make New Year's Resolutions - both individual and for the classroom.

However you choose to celebrate this winter, we wish you and your students a fun (and affordable) time!

For more tips and resources you can use in your classroom, check out Study.com's Teacher Edition.

By Daisy Rogozinsky
November 2019
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