As the school year wraps up, I try to do something special to mark the ending of the year. That’s where this May Freebie – End of Year Activity idea came from.
A couple of years ago, I thought it would be fun to do an end of year open mic activity.
It’s basically a cafe set-up where the kids share work they were most proud of in an open mic platform.
Turns out, it is quite entertaining for all.
It’s also simple to do
The best thing about this is you can decide how far you want to take it.
You could just do a basic set-up where everyone meets in one room and shares from the couch. Or, you could create a stage within the room and set-up a microphone.
Setting The Stage:
Our “stage” is just the area in front of our fireplace, you could totally go all out here and put up a curtain and have a platform if you really want the total effect.
For a microphone, we just hook one up to our laptop, you could use any microphone set-up you have though, or just go without.
Setting a Time Frame:
You should decide ahead of time how long your cafe sharing will be so your kids can figure out how much stuff they will reasonably be able to share.
My kids just take turns, one share one thing, then the other shares and so on.
We usually spend one hour which seems to work well for two kids.
What to Eat:
For treats, you can make ‘em or just buy some.
Again, totally up to you on this.
This can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Anything your family likes will do, from cookies to cupcakes or brownies, yum!
Either place the treats on a big central table so everyone can self-serve or, you can have a family member play server.
I set-up a hot cocoa bar using my crock-pot and four or five bowls of toppings.
Some yummy topping ideas are mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, red hots, and of course whipped cream.
You can get those pirouette cookies to use as straws to make it extra fancy.
Then everyone picks a comfy spot to enjoy their treats and celebrate all they have accomplished this year.
Try to have your kids pick out writing pieces from the beginning of the year and the end of the year. I love to see the progression of their work from the beginning to the end.
For art sharing, you could set-up a gallery in the room with just a few supplies.
With hooks or nails and a long piece of string, make a line across the wall.
Then use clothespins to attach each piece of art to the line.
Then your child can walk the line and share and discuss each piece as they go.
My kids sometimes have science experiments they loved doing and want to replicate them for all to see.
One, in particular, was identifying a white powder experiment from forensic science and/or chemistry.
This one makes for a great presentation because of the chemical reactions that occur, change of color, bubbling, etc.
If there is anything that really stuck out for your kids during the year, they might want to consider sharing it.
Lastly, I make a silly little poster and print out a few copies to post around the house the week before the event.
It’s not necessary of course but adds to the realism and fun of the whole thing.
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I hope this May Freebie – End of Year Activity has given you some inspiration for celebrating your last days of the school year.
Comment below to share some of your ideas, I’d love to hear them.
Until next time…thank you, and good night!
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