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Graduation Party Planning for Kids

Graduation Party Planning for Kids

Graduation is an exciting time for graduates, parents and family. However, almost all the attention gets paid to high school and college grads. And while their achievements are outstanding and deserving of celebration, so are the achievements and encouragement of those in the younger age sets such as kindergarten, elementary school and pre-school. After all, encouragement early can pay big dividends in terms of discipline and academic excellence by the time they reach high school and college! So, we thought we'd assemble some instant wins to celebrate the younger grads. And, here we go...

Food:

Diploma Wraps

These delicious treats are not only healthy, but almost perfectly resemble the rolled-up diplomas that the little grads just received! Parents Magazine recommends these since they're so healthy, quick to prepare and so doggone cute!

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Mortarboard Cookies

In keeping with the visual themes of graduation, this one is a sure win - especially for those with a sweet-tooth among the crowd. Our friends at Betty Crocker have perfected this recipes that combines an inverted cupcake, a cookie and - of course - frosting!

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Three Cheese Mini Macs

These little guys certainly seem perfectly positioned as finger-food for the little ones, but you'll be hard-pressed to keep the adults away from them, too. It's a simple idea with straightforward prep and it delivers a delicious treat in a small package...after all the best things come in small packages, right?

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Party Activities:

Alphabet Block Place Settings

For the younger graduating classes, this is a fun way to make sure that each partygoer has their own spot at the table...delightfully spelled-out in alphabet blocks! It's a cute and meaningful way to have place settings for these new young graduates and readers! (Tip: Team up with other parents if you're having numerous kids over for the party and you're running short on alphabet blocks. We're all in this together, after all!)

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Tic Tac Toe Frisbee

This is a simple, but great way to keep the kids active and having fun outside during the graduation festivities pioneered by Natalie on her blog, A Turtle's Life for Me. Be prepared for some competitive and skillfull fun (and perhaps a trip over to the neighbor's yard to retrieve a stray frisbee or two!)

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Homemade Skee Ball Game

This graduation party game from Instructables requires a bit more planning and woodworking skill than most graduation party games, but with a free weekend and some elbow grease from Mom and Dad, this is sure to be the pride of your backyard at any child's graduation party. Keep it around for the rest of the summer's barbecues and your backyard will be the talk of the block!

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Graduation Cap Bunting

This awesome decoration idea comes to us from Jessica and her blog, Sew Homegrown. This is a fun addition to your home as you welcome other kids, friends and family as you celebrate the achievements of your little one. A quick, replicable stencil, construction paper colors of your choice (perhaps your child's favorite colors or the colors of your school), some ribbon and you're off-and-running. This bunting looks great inside and out and is great when jazzed-up with markers or glitter spelling out your wee grad's name!

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Gifts:

Sunglasses

We think blogger, Molly Maloy nailed this graduation gift idea for kids from an diea she's posted on her blog, Lessons With Laughter.What more appropriate gift could you give a young graduate with the heat and activities of the summer coming up? And, it just so happens to fit the attached phrase with some perfect wordplay that Molly has added, too.

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"Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss

This is a quintessential young graduate gift that encourages children as they head-out on their endeavors in academia and the greater world. The message is one that never tarnishes or grows old and is told in the creative and loving way that only the late, great Dr. Seuss could. We love an idea that Lynette had on her blog, Cleverly Simple, which is to make sure that you have your child's teacher sign the book each year for them to look back upon as they grow older and recognize their achievements. What a great idea and way to get the personal touch of each teacher in the memory books!

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Summer Fun Kit:

Whether you live near a beach or not, this gift idea is a winner. Amber at Crazy Little Projects came up with a wonderful idea to gather together some summer fun items for the wee ones to enjoy as they celebrate graduation and head into their reward...SUMMER! With an emphasis on outdoor, activity-related items such as jump-ropes, goggles, a towel, a water bottle, a watergun, bubbles and sidewalk chalk the great thing about these variations of gift baskets is that it'll encourage your wee ones to keep active outdoors as much as possible.

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These are but a few ideas that will make your graduate even happier about their achievement. With a much-deserved summer break on its way, there'll be time to celebrate with friends and family and plenty of ways to encourage them for many more years of academic achievement.

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