Back to School Party Ideas: Games and Crafts

    August 26, 2013

    For a lot of households, it's time to head back to school, and while some kids may bemoan the return to academics, it's the perfect opportunity to celebrate a new beginning with a back to school party! After three whole months of fun in the sun, some kids just don’t want summer to end. Help them get into the school spirit with an awesome back to school party full of games and crafts. Check out these ideas to get the kids excited for the new school year!



    There are tons of fun games you can play to celebrate the back to school season. Here are some game ideas for kids of all ages to play at your back to school party.

    Trivia: Get your kids ready for class with a fun game of trivia! You can create a category for each school subject and write the questions and answers on flash cards. To see if you’re “Smarter Than A Fifth Grader,” have the parents and children take turns asking questions. You can also make a timed “lightning round” with a bunch of questions from different categories.

    Name That Snack: Set out a bunch of classic school foods like Oreos, cheese and crackers, and peanut butter sandwiches. Then blindfold the kids and have them taste the foods and see if they can name the snack. Give some prizes away at the end of the contest for the people who answered the most correctly. Since you’re dealing with kids, it's always a good idea to include a little prize for everyone for their participation.

    Scavenger Hunt: Put a back to school twist on this classic game by making the kids search for school supplies! First, buy a bunch of school supplies at your local school supply store. Then, before all the kids arrive for the party, hide the supplies all over your event venue. Make sure to choose good hiding spots! Finally, make a few clue cards to help out in the hunt. It’s best to split kids into teams for this game so they can work together to track down the treasures.

    The Name Game: This is a great game for kids to get to know each other. Have everyone sit in a circle and begin by having one person stating their name. The next person has to say the first person’s name, and then their own. And so on around the circle. You can also have them add a descriptive word in front of their name to make it easier to remember, for example, “Bouncing Ben.”


    Set up a bunch of craft tables in your event space for kids to create unique items for the school year. This will help them get excited about heading back to class. When sending out your party invitations, mention to parents that there will be arts and crafts stations and encourage them to bring some supplies to contribute to the party. Here are some suggestions for unique arts and crafts ideas for kids:

    Book cover decorations: This is a super affordable craft project that’s fun for kids of all ages. First, get a bunch of paper grocery bags to cover the books. Then, give the kids markers, stickers, and glitter glue and let them personalize their book covers any way they like. As a tip, be sure to write the name of the book somewhere on the paper cover so you can easily identify them all. You may also want to consider getting a laminating machine to bring to your back to school party to make the book covers stronger.

    Gifts for Teachers: Why not have a craft table so the kids can make gifts for their teachers? Some ideas for teachers gifts are:

    Personalized candles: Buy some high quality candles that are in glass containers. Then have the kids decorate the glass with ribbons and decorate a piece of paper that they can then wrap around the glass candle case when finished.

    Personalized paint-jar goody-bag: Get some old paint jars and clean them out thoroughly. Then, have your kids design the outside of the paint jar with the teacher’s name. Finally, throw in some cookies, candy bars, or other items you think the teacher might enjoy.

    Pencil flower vase: For this you will need a can, some pencils, a rubber band, and a ribbon. First, wrap a few colored or regular pencils around a soup can and secure with a rubber band. Then continue to insert more pencils all around the can until you can't fit anymore. Finally, wrap a ribbon around the rubber band, and stick some flowers in the can with some water.

    What other fun games and craft ideas do you have for a back to school party? Feel free to share with us by leaving a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter! Check our other ideas on how to host a back to school barbecue!