My deaf daughter is graduating from college with her bachelor degree! Quick, I need help for party ideas. There will be hearing and deaf guest, young and old. Thanks!
Cyn from Ohio
Try to have some games like a word find (related to the graduation theme), guessing how many items are in a jar (like small candy bars), and maybe a relay-type game (make 2 lines of people and have them take 10 steps, put on a grad gown and cap (try thrift stores), run back to the line, then take it off the gown and cap, and then the next person in line has to put on the gown and cap, and see which line finishes first). You could award small prizes for who came the farthest to the party, who's the youngest, who's the oldest, whose birthday is closest to your daughter's graduation date, etc.
If you could find someone to who knows American Sign Language and act as an interpreter, someone could give a talk about your daughter, and then the deaf persons could follow the talk by watching the interpreter if they do not read lips.
I don't know that graduation parties even need games....usually the guests find friends/acquaintances to chat with. One thing that might be fun is to create a graffitti wall. You can get a 4 x 8-ft. sheet of "tileboard" at the large home center box stores for under fifteen dollars, and it makes the perfect "white board". Prop it agains a wall or fence and provide white board markers, white board crayons, or the "vis a vis" markers (erase with water). You could also use paper or cardboard; or even a bunch of sticky notes and a surface on which to put them. Start the fun with a few doodles, and wishes.
If you have outdoor space, be sure to have some outdoor things: balls, frisbees, badminton or volleyball, bocce, quoits or horseshoes--whatever you have space for.
Be sure to have music; I am sure no one needs to remind you that the deaf enjoy dancing, too.
Provided with food and fellowship, people will make their own fun!
I've put this together for not only graduations, but baby/wedding showers and birthday parties too.
Create your own fun quiz of "How Well Do You Know "Susie"? With your graduate, make up a bunch of questions with multiple choice answers. I try to get at least 25 questions, with 1 or 2 extra, for bonus questions, in case of a tie.
Print and hand out the quiz, so the guests work on it during the party.
To include your non-hearing or hard of hearing guests - put the letters of the answers (A, B, C, D) on a piece of posterboard. After you go from question to question, show the corresponding answer letter.
A couple of sample questions are: What is "Susie's" favorite dessert? Where is "Susie's" favorite vacation spot? What sport did "Susie" play in high school/or college? If Susie had to have a pet, what would it be? ETC.
The answers should have 4 choices, with "Susie" selecting the correct one at the party. That way, she can have a couple questions that she's not even sure of the correct answer.
The guest with the most correct answers wins a prize. This fun quiz can be tailored to any person, with any interests. Plus, everyone gets to know the guest of honor even better!
Charades... Rule # 1 No Signing the word, one exception is you can give one letter as a clue.
Rule # 2 Don't give up too easy.
Rule # 3 Have Fun!
Rule # 4 Winner Buys Dinner! Just Joking!
How about they wash dishes?
Match the deaf and the hearing as a team of 2 or more people The deaf can provide clues, the hearing can write their guesses on the chalk board. There should be clue cards for them to draw from. Start with single word move to two words, three like wild horses, cat walk, love letters, military honor, blood pressure, mail box, time travel, ham egg omelet, want to dance.
Set a time to end the event and see which team has most points. Time flies when you have fun. Have fun prizes /gag prizes at the end for winners and losers alike.
Ideas for prizes -- WINNER gets a toys fishing rod with a big fish on it or fishing cap with "Best Fishing TEAM", Empty treasure chest or with a card saying "still searching for answers", dog collar and leash with a tag saying "take me to your master", toy pail with shovel saying I'm gonna have to dig my way out of this one", you get the idea.
Don't for get to video it for memorable moment and funnies videos.
I am hearing impaired and think this would be a fun event.
Celebrate with a dance both deaf and hearing can enjoy the moves and grooves. Enjoy!
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