Graduation Party Themes for Preschool and Kindergarten

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The completion of preschool and moving-up from Kindergarten are milestones worth celebrating. Whether you’re an educator in search of a theme for your class ceremony or a parent planning your child’s party, these preschool graduation themes may be just what you need for a fun and memorable event.

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    ABC Theme Party

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    Now that they’ve learned their ABC’s, why not put those letters to good use with a fun alphabet party? By including party decorations and games that feature the alphabet, the ABC theme party provides a platform for preschoolers to show off their skills as they celebrate their achievements.

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    Shining Stars

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    This party theme treats young graduates like the shining stars they are. Use a star-shaped stencil to make homemade decorations a cinch and cut foods into star shapes for an easy-to-put-together party menu. Make the star theme really shine with star favors, crafts, or games.

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    Throw a graduation party that celebrates how the children have blossomed in “kinder-garden.” Combine elements from either a flower theme and bug theme party to create a cute, garden setting. There are plenty of garden themed party games or a fun option for a kinder-garden celebration is to include a flower-pot planting activity. The children will be busy at the party and take home a meaningful favor. 

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    Nautical Party

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    A nautical party theme works well for a graduation party as the graduates “set sail” for the next step of their journeys. This theme is great for a pool party celebration, but the backyard can just as easily be transformed with a few baby pools, toy boats, sandboxes, and beach toys. Use sailing-themed invitations, parting gifts, and kid-friendly nautical foods. This party is the perfect way to say bon voyage to preschool.

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    June Bugs

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    Even though June bugs are actually beetles, your preschool or kindergarten graduate won't mind a cut bug themed party. Honor the month the kids' graduate and make a bug-themed party. From ladybugs to bumble bees and even that itsy-bitsy, creepy, eight-legged critter, all the bugs of summer are invited to this party!

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    Rhyme Time

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    From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss, preschool and kindergarten is a place where rhymes rule the school, so how about a graduation party with a rhyming theme? Send invitations with a rhyming verse to kickstart the theme. At the party, kids can write a poem about the year in school. This will be a fun activity and a cute keepsake after the party. 

    A rhyming book is all you need to create a reading circle, just like in the classroom. Serve food inspired by nursery rhymes, such as moon-shaped sandwiches or moon pies for “The Cow Jumped Over the Moon.” 

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    Friendship Theme

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    A party with a friendship theme celebrates the bonds the children formed with their first school pals. If you are inviting the whole class, use a copy of the class photo for the invitations. Ask guests to bring the photo to the party and provide small wooden frames for the photo. The friends can help each other decorate frames for their pictures. Friendship bracelets and handprint t-shirts (kids trace their hand onto shirts with ​a fabric marker) are fun craft activities that can be used as party favors.

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    Summer Party Themes

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    A pool party, a beach theme, or a carnival are all fun summer themes for a graduation party. Let the party celebrate graduation and kick off the good times ahead during summer vacation.