These harvest party ideas are a collection of food, games, crafts and other activities that we did in my daughter’s classroom last year. I have been saving the ideas and photos for this post since then. I knew I wanted to give you these ideas, but I wanted it to be a time leading up to the harvest celebration time rather than after the fact. Classroom harvest parties can be a lot of fun, and I hope I equip you with the tools to make it a special time for your own classroom. If you want to continue browsing for ideas, I would encourage you to head back to my older post featuring harvest party food and game ideas, which will give you a whole different group of ideas.
If you are wondering how this harvest party was structured, there was a different adult leader at each booth. Kids would be in groups. The groups would rotate around the room to the different centers after a given amount of time. The party ended with everyone passing out the gifts they had brought for each other and eating at their desk after visiting the food table.
Harvest Party Food Ideas
- Satsuma Jack-o-Lanterns – These satsumas are easy to make but are adorable. Kids get a healthier treat at the harvest party when you bring these.
- Shaped Cheese and Crackers – Using a cookie cutter, make different shapes that are appropriate. Some ideas that are more harvest-like are leaves, pumpkins and scarecrows. Some ideas that lean more toward Halloween include cats, ghosts and bats.
- Cupcakes – Cupcakes are an easy serving size and come in a variety of flavors and presentations. Here are some cute harvest inspired cupcakes. Here are some cute Halloween inspired cupcakes.
- More Ideas – We had plates full of a variety of candy as well as a plate full of carrots and apples. We also served apple juice and popcorn.
- Brown Bag Carmel Corn – This is my own recipe. It is easy to make and absolutely delicious. It’s microwavable and quick. Make up a bunch of this and serve in individual bags for a germ-free experience and an easy way of serving.
Harvest Party Game Ideas
- Harvest Corn Hole – Turn a regular old corn hole board into a harvest game. I show you how to create these pumpkins at my DIY harvest photo booth post.
- Mr. Potato Head Relay Races – This game was a huge hit. It’s a team game. You take all of the parts to make a Mr. Potato Head in a bin filled with noodles. Mix everything up and bury the pieces. Kids race down and grab one piece at a time. The first team to make the entire Mr. Potato Head wins.
- Ring the Glow Stick Hoop on the Pumpkin – Kids get three tries to try and ring their hoop around a pumpkin. This can also be played with wooden embroidery hoops.
Harvest Party Craft Ideas
- Candy Corn Buckets – Your kids are going to need a way to collect all the treats they gather from friends and the party. These candy corn buckets were super cute. We used empty two liter soda bottles. The strips of paper had been prepped and the kids wrapped them around and glued or taped them in place. The kids added pipe cleaner handles and google eyes.The craft was put together with tape and glue.
- Paper Plate Scarecrows – All of the elements of the paper plate scarecrows had been prepped before. Therefore, all the kids had to do was glue all the pieces in place. There were paper hats, button eyes, glittery triangle noses, felt hair, and yarn mouths.
More Harvest Party Activities
- Harvest Party Photo Booth – This photo booth was made from a corn hole game. That’s right! Head on over for the tutorial to see how I did it.
- Guess the Candy Amounts – This is a classic carnival game, but when filled with candy corns and candy pumpkins, it becomes a great harvest activity. It it also a fun way to teach about estimation.
- Name Tags – We created these great name tags where kids could collect stickers at each station. Not only was is a way to keep track of which stations the children had already completed, but it became a fun keepsake for the kids to take home.
If you are looking for more possible harvest party ideas, I would encourage you to check out my harvest tab to see more crafts and food ideas.