21+ Engaging End-of-Year Classroom Activities

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Holly (Teach Starter)

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

It is getting close to the end of the year. You are tired and the students in your class are cranky, grumpy and acting out! What do you do? Keep them busy and keep them in routine! Create fun activities that will still provide them with effective learning opportunities. Not sure what to do? Keep reading for some fun and engaging end-of-year classroom activities for kids that will have them learning right to the end!

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Daily STEM Team Challenges

Daily team challenges are a great way to develop problem-solving skills and keep their minds ticking! In small groups, have your students take on a challenge a day. To make it even easier for you, we have a range of STEM challenge cards to suit different age groups, and even a Christmas-themed set of STEM challenge cards as well.

 

Christmas Tree Challenge

Students have to create a standing Christmas tree using only pipe cleaners.

Build a Bridge Challenge

Students are provided with paddle pop sticks and masking tape. They need to construct a bridge between two level surfaces. Provide the students with a car to drive across the bridge to test their construction!

Pyramid Cup Challenge

In this challenge, students are provided with 10 cups, a lego man, a rubber band, pop sticks and string. They need to build a pyramid with ten cups and then put the man on top of the tower. The real challenge is that they need to do all of this without touching anything with their hands!

pyramid-of-cups

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Build a Tower Challenge

In this challenge, teams compete against each other to see who can build the highest tower with toothpicks and marshmallows. You may like to time this one! It’s trickier than it looks…

PomPom Drop Challenge

Provide students with a pompom, toilet rolls, sticky tape and a cup. They need to create a drop for the pompom and it must land in the cup at the bottom. They can cut the toilet rolls as they wish.

Remind them to keep testing as they add sections to the drop! Who can create the longest drop?


Printable Community Map Colouring Sheet

Set up this giant colouring sheet in a common area in the classroom and invite your students to chip away and complete this engaging Community Map Giant Colouring Sheet.

 

From roads to buildings, to random items that will just make your students giggle, if you were looking for an extra resource to add to your rotation of end of school activity ideas – this is it!

Giant colouring sheet for the classroom

Not Just a Colouring Project

Not only is this a marvellous colouring activity, but it also opens the door to so many other activities.

Why not write Community Map Challenges on the whiteboard each morning such as:

  • Give your friend detailed directions to get from the train station to a place that sells ice-cream.
  • Oh-oh! Someone didn’t proofread their work and there are some incorrect signs on the map. Can you find them?
  • It’s a hot day! Have a look at the map and list some places you may like to visit on a hot day.
  • The Mayor of the town is desperate for a nice cup of tea, can you find a place she could go? Why do you think this is the place she should be going?

Giant colouring sheet for the classroom


Maths Investigations

In small groups, have your students work on maths investigations. A fun and worthwhile activity that will encourage a lot of discussion! We have some great investigations…


Games Bonanza!

Set up a handful of literacy and numeracy games suited to your students. Each group moves around to the different game stations. You may like to use our Cooperative Working Role Cards to ensure the group games bonanza runs as smoothly as possible.

Once you have the games and role cards this is super easy to set up quickly when you may not have anything planned, especially as it gets close to the end of the year! Here are some examples of literacy and numeracy games that would work:


Write a Class Comic

Students brainstorm and write a comic for the new students you will teach next year. They can provide advice and tips for the new students entering their year level. Share the hardest parts and the parts they enjoyed the most!

Use our Comic Book Templates to assist your students with the writing process.


Enjoy Outside

Head outside for some nature walks, fitness, messy play or simply read books outside.

kids-doing-yoga-outside

Here are some of our fitness resources that you may like to use:

If you’re looking for more Christmas-related activities – check out our collection of Christmas activities for kids.

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Gaynor Smith

Love, love, LOVE! Thank you so much.

Gaynor Smith · Nov 27th, 2017

Holly (Teach Starter)

You’re welcome Gaynor! Glad you find this blog article helpful.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jan 11th, 2018

Sally Arthur

Hi, Is there a link for the daily STEM challenge cards for putting on the bags?

Sally Arthur · Nov 22nd, 2017

Holly (Teach Starter)

Hi Sally,

I just typed these up using our one of our word wall templates https://www.teachstarter.com/teaching-resource/rainbow-word-wall-vocabulary/.

Since this blog was written, we have developed some fantastic Christmas STEM Challenge cards as well that may suit your needs – https://teachstart.co/2zFeeAN.

Kind regards,
Holly

Holly (Teach Starter) · Nov 22nd, 2017

Shandell Gammon

These are awesome, thanks!

Shandell Gammon · Nov 11th, 2017

Holly (Teach Starter)

You’re most welcome Shandell!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jan 11th, 2018

Zuriette Du Plessis

This is GREAT! Thank you very much. As much as I love Christmas and the fun activities, these activities are great for reinforcing what has been taught throughout the year and keeping brains busy and challenged!

Zuriette Du Plessis · Nov 8th, 2017

Holly (Teach Starter)

You’re most welcome Zuriette! I’m so glad you found these activities helpful towards the end of 2017. Happy 2018!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jan 11th, 2018

Celia Nichols

A BIG thank YOU for all your creative suggestions! Am sure al the Teachers join me for this!! These activities are a real ‘blessing’, indeed!

Celia Nichols · Nov 30th, 2016

Holly (Teach Starter)

Wow! Thank you so much Celia, it is so nice to hear that these activities are helping classroom teachers at this very busy time!
Take care,
Holly

Holly (Teach Starter) · Nov 30th, 2016

Celia Nichols

A BIG thank YOU for all your creative suggestions! Am sure al the Teachers join me for this!! These activities are a ‘blessing’, indeed!

Celia Nichols · Nov 30th, 2016

Rhiannon Fraiia

This is such a fab post!!! Thanks! 🙂

Rhiannon Fraiia · Nov 25th, 2016

Holly (Teach Starter)

No worries Rhiannon! I hope you were able to use some of these ideas in your classroom!
Take care,
Holly

Holly (Teach Starter) · Nov 30th, 2016

Fiona

Thank you so much for these fabulous ideas! It has saved me doing all of the research. Much appreciated, especially during Report writing time!

Fiona · Nov 22nd, 2016

Holly (Teach Starter)

Thanks for your lovely comment Fiona! I hope your report cards are all done and you can relax! Glad this blog helped you through a busy time!
Take care,
Holly

Holly (Teach Starter) · Nov 30th, 2016

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