Fall Harvest Party!
A great theme idea to celebrate this wonderful season, for an Autumn Birthday party, a
school party, or instead of a Halloween Party!
Fall Harvest or Autumn Parties are fun for the teachers, room moms and
Fall Harvest Party Invitations:
Send out pumpkin or leaf pictures with the party information, or if you are going to hand deliver, paint (or use black permanent ink) the information on tiny pumpkins themselves, or you could have the party girl or boy find enough large, live leaves to write the info on and mail them!
Fall Harvest Party Game Ideas:
Pumpkin Rolling Contest- Divide the children into two teams. have a start line and turnaround line, 20 ft apart. Have the first child in each line roll a pumpkin from
the start line, to the turnaround line and back to the next person on their team. The first team to have everyone play wins!
Purchase small pumpkins and let each guest
paint their own pumpkin (or you could use construction paper for younger kids).
Beaded necklaces - you can buy bead kits from Oriental Trading at a great price that would be enough for 8 or more children to make a necklace (bracelet, or keychain).
Bean Bag Toss
Draw a large pumpkin and glue onto cardboard box. Cut out mouth and have children toss beanbags into its mouth.
Scents Of the Season - Supplies: Cloves, Cinnamon,
Mix spoonfuls of these spices together. Pour them into a square of aluminum
foil. Add a few drops of water and close leaving a small opening at the top.
Place them onto a cookie sheet and into a 275 degree oven. As the water
evaporates you will notice the aroma wafting through the house. You can also
achieve this activity using a damp paper coffee filter sealed with a twist-tie.
Ring The Pumpkin - Line up three large pumpkins
with stems, to form a ring toss. Use embroidery hoops or make hoops with rope
and duct tape. Mark a throwing line on the floor and take turns trying to ring
a pumpkin stem. Use stickers or small prizes for rewards whether they make it
or not. Or you can have them try to ring an entire large pumpkin with a hula
Apple Picking - played the same as the Lollipop
Picking Game. Using only red and green suckers and a pegboard. Color the
tips of several with red and green. Those who select one of these colored
suckers, gets a special prize.
Pumpkin Seed Toss
- Number and line up 5 small baskets or
crates; then have the children stand 3 feet in front of the first crate
and toss seeds into the crates in sequence. Small prizes can be given for
each of the crates they get their seeds in.
- Play musical chairs with bales of
straw instead of chairs. A scarecrow in the center makes a fun decoration
for this game.
Turkey in the Straw - Fill a small blowup
pool with straw and hide a plastic turkey (or a picture if you'd rather)
in it. See who can find it first!
Bobbing for Apples - Who doesn't remember how
much fun this was for you as a kid?
Pumpkin Walk - Just like a cake walk, but use
pictures of Fall items (leaves, acorns, pumpkins)
Autumn and Fall Puzzles -
Discovery School offers free to make and print word searches, mazes
and more puzzles. These are great activities, or use as filler if everyone
finishes their other activities too fast.
Fall Harvest Bingo - Visit
free custom printable Bingo cards. These are great because you can just
have pictures for younger children, or add vocabulary words for the older
Fall Harvest and Autumn Craft Ideas:
Autumn Handprint Wreath - Either trace the
child's hand onto colored construction paper and cut these out, or you
could paint the child's hand, stamp it onto paper and cut these out. You
will need 9 handprints in total (3 of each fall color). Glue them together
in the shape of a wreathe.
Fall Colors Fingerprint Tree - Using
construction paper and autumn colored paint, create some masterpieces!
Using the side of their hand and brown paint, paint a tree trunk on your
paper. Then, dip your fingerprints into different colored paints (yellows,
reds, oranges) and create the "leaves" on the tree.
Autumn Placemats - This is an easy
project to do using fall leaves! Collect many leaves and put them
together the way you'd like them on your placemat. Then, cut 2
pieces of contact paper the right size for your placemat and arrange the
leaves face down on one sheet. Then, cover the back with the other, being
sure to match up your edges. This can also be done with a
laminator, if you have one!
Leafy Bookmark - Use this easy autumn
craft at your next Harvest party. Construction paper, crayons and leaves
are all you need! Either have the students cut out their bookmark shapes
(or have them precut before party if you are short on time or with a
younger group of kids). Place the leaves vein side up underneath the
bookmark and have the children use the crayons to rub out the shape and
veins of the leaves under the paper. They can overlap and use multiple
colors. Decorate the back with their names in brown marker, stickers, or
autumn stamps. Attach a fun tassle or piece of yarn, if you wish.
Leafy Friends - Another great project
using Autumn leaves. Collect a large amount of colorful leaves
before the party. Have the kids glue the leaves to their papers and using
a black marker, crayon or colored pencil, use those leaves as part of a
larger design. For example, they could draw a butterfly and use two maple
leaves facing outward as its wings. Or, a rose's leaf to be a turtle's
Make your own Tree - using different
colors of felt or colored and printed fabrics, have the kids design their
own trees. Again, if you are short on time or working with younger
children, precut the pieces and have the children "build" their tree
gluing the fabric on construction paper.
Autumn Hand Puppets - A great idea for
preschool and kindergarten. Have the children create their own design on
paper bags. They could draw apples, leaves, corn, acorns, pumpkins. They
could then use their puppets to tell each other about their designs.
Autumn Parade - Have the children design
a wearable creation of their own to wear in the parade. Using paper
plates or paper bags, create pictures of items that remind them of fall
(leaves, apples, pumpkins, etc). Once done, let them march around the
room (or around the hallway if permitted) and show of their designs in
their very own parade.
Fall Harvest Party Food Ideas:
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
-(baking clean seeds about 8 minutes, turning once).
Pumpkin Punch - clean out a pumpkin and scrap sides very well. Fill with vanilla ice cream and ginger ale.
Bowls of Candy Corn which is popular this
time of year!
Fall Fruit - Apples,
Raisins, Grapes - all would be fun if served in Themed Cupcake papers.
Use cookie cutters to create pumpkin, apple, leaf shapes into
Mini Pumpkin pies - place a wafer cookie in the bottom of a cupcake paper, fill with pumpkin filling, top with miniature marshmallows and bake for 10-15
Fall Harvest Party Decorations:
Before the party, you and your child can go on a Fall-Hunt to get items to place on the tables - pine cones, leaves of all colors, acorns, etc. Decorate with Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes. Find amazing
at Oriental Trading Company that can be made ahead of time by you and the kids and used for decorations (or party activities, or even send the craft kits home as favors!).
Fall Harvest Party Favors:
at Oriental Trading Company make great favors, and so do miniature pumpkins filled with candy corn, fall-themed pencils and/or erasers and stickers.
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