Kindergarten Graduation Ideas

"Up and Away" Fun as they move to Grade 1

kindergarten graduation ideas

Everything you could need for Kindergarten graduation ideas are here!  These ideas would also be easily adaptable for a pre-school graduation celebration too.  It's a special time for these little students so we have created a theme just for them - Up and Away FUN.  This idea would work for a family kindergarten graduation celebration as well as a fun addition to an in-school graduation ceremony.  Take a look below at all our ideas or jump to our specific ideas for food and desserts, creative kindergarten graduation pictures, a free printable kindergarten graduation certificate, idea for a singalong for the ceremony, decorations and games!  So scroll on down and you will find a one stop shop for all things kindergarten and pre-school graduation FUN!  



"Oh,The Places You'll Go" is one of our favorite books of all time.. it is a celebration of the future and what lies ahead... so perfect for a kindergarten or pre-school graduation celebration! So it would be a good read aloud to start off their graduation. Click on the photo and you can learn more about this story if you are not familiar with it.



Kindergarten Graduation Ideas: Desserts and Food 

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Our kindergarten graduation theme.. Up and Away Fun, You're off to Grade 1! Look at this adorable Up and Away cupcake display.  So easy.. make the cupcakes, color the frosting in a rainbow of colors, or all the same.  You display them on a piece of bulletin board paper. Once you place them on the paper, then draw the balloon strings with a magic marker and add one final cupcake as the center of the bow. 

You can put a graduation cap on the top using this cute idea from our graduation food article.




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Here is a healthy graduation dessert idea.. we thank Family Fun magazine for this one! Using applesauce or fruit cups, add a 3 1/4" cardstock square, ribbons for tassels, a pair of goggly eyes and the write the date or the students names! How adorable and easy and HEALTHY are these graduation desserts!



Tiny Prints Graduation Announcements and Invitations
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If you are serving snacks to your little graduates.. look at this cute idea, perfect since they will be getting ready for a summer of fun.  Get each child a beach pail, using a paint pen add their name and draw a couple of colorful balloons on the bucket. Then pack with the snacks or lunch.. so easy and cute!  We did this idea for a birthday party many years ago and it was such a huge hit it was recyled for so many parties!


Kindergarten graduation pictures

We love to adapt our celebration ideas! Here is a cute idea we are recycling from one of our weddings! The traveling picture frame. Get a wooden picture frame, for kindergarten I would use a smaller one so that they can hold it themselves.. maybe 18 x 20. Paint it bright colors, add lettering as we show below or maybe just add some wooden painted balloons for the corners. Then either let the frame travel after graduation or set up a little photography area and let the grads with their friends or parents get a picture in the frame to remember kindergarten graduation day! Snapping the pics with smartphones is an easy way for an instant picture and easy to share. Complete tutorial on making the traveling picture frame here!

Here is how we used this idea for our recent wedding!

kindergarten graduation pictures

Our twins loved this frame and wanted their pictures taken with everyone! Add the graduation date or any slogan to the top!

Free printable Kindergarten graduation certificate

kindergarten graduation certificate

Do you need kindergarten graduation certificates.. here's a free printable with kindergarten graduation ideas for a personalized diploma for graduation from kindergarten!  It coordinates with our Up and Away theme and there are 2 pages.. one to use for a kindergarten graduation and the other for a pre-school graduation. Just fill in the graduate's name on the red line and perhaps add the date!



Kindergarten Graduation Song


Need a kindergarten graduation song to add to your event??  Here is a cute and clever song for kindergarten graduation!  The lyrics go to "The Farmer in the Dell" which makes it an easy addition to your graduation ceremony! The Sing A Long pack gives you ideas for props and organizing the students for this fun addition to your graduation!


Kindergarten Poem that makes the cutest decorations for your party

kindergarten graduation poem

Here's how we made "Over the Rainbow" theme for a kindergarten graduation celebration. They can be your party favors or adorn the classroom for the kindergarten graduation celebration.. so fun and so easy. Free printable of the poem tags.. you just need to add the rainbows and the "ever after" tagline.  See how to make these kindergarten graduation ideas for decorations.


Kindergarten Graduation Ideas for Games

Need more kindergarten graduation ideas? Add the fun end of year awards guessing game: "Which Candy Am I?"  Look at this Fun set of printable Candy themed awards for each graduate

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