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Event Planning & Sharing

National Family Reunion Month and National Picnic Month occur in July. As you enjoy time with friends and family over the summer break and start thinking about the new school year ahead, use the following resources – good for family and classroom events alike – to help plan upcoming events, share memorable photos, and much more!

Grades 2-12


Share photos easily with Telegra.ph. Fill in the title, your name, and add details. Click the camera icon to upload images from your computer. Share photos from birthdays, holidays, graduation, vacation, and other special events!

Grades K-12


Add a voiceover to any YouTube video or any video on your computer. Choose from 15 different voices and 13 languages. Narrate a video from a vacation, school event, birthday, and more. Create a video at the reunion and share with family unable to attend.

Grades 8-12


Create a fun and memorable slideshow with personal sounds, videos, and other media using Animoto. Share photos from the last family picnic, holidays, and the past. Create 30-second videos including music choices from over 300 soundtracks.

Get Prepared for the Party

Use the following sign up tools, organizers, invitation makers and more to plan your next event.

Grades K-12


Organize your event with Buttons! Collect, organize, and share your web bookmarks for recipes, games, and more. When school starts, create a button for each class and keep it updated with websites students might find useful.

Grades K-12


Coordination of events are made easy with SignUp. Create items, calendars, and assign different time slots. Share URL for participant access. During the school year, SignUp helps you manage classroom helpers, book fairs, fundraisers, conference nights.

Grades K-12


Organize your party with Splash. Choose from the many templates to design and add information, RSVP questions, confirmations, and event settings. Find out who is bringing what. Create a custom hashtag for your event. See the review for classroom ideas.

Grades 5-12


Create invitations for your family reunion using Smilebox. Add any desired photos, videos, and music. Share your invitations on web pages and blogs, social networking sites, or by email. This site requires a FREE download.

Grades K-12


Use SignUpGenius for family and friends to signup for what they plan to bring to the party! Create lists for food, games, volunteers, and more. Enter email addresses to send to your guests. Read our full review for additional classroom use ideas.

Cool Entertainment Tools

Need music, sounds, game card creators, and other fun stuff for your gathering? We've got you covered.

Grades K-12


Find fun sound effects to use at your parties, picnics, and more. Sounds are organized into 24 categories, including appliance sounds, money sounds, nature sounds, and others. Each sound is a clickable MP3 clip you can share, embed, or download.

Grades 3-12

Royalty Free Music

Find FREE music for your party, reunion, or event! The files (in WAV format) offer a wide variety of genres. Click play to preview. Get your party started with fun background music or song selections for games.

Grades K-12

Bingo Card Generator

Do I hear a BINGO? Get your entire party participating in a group game of Bingo. Create your own Bingo cards (for free) at this site. Print 30 FREE cards to use at your picnic or reunion. Read our full review for classroom use ideas.

Grades 4-12

Add Text

Plan a photo scavenger hunt! This cool tool works on any device and is available as an app and on a web browser. Use Add Text at picnics to take photos and add captions. Share the photos that everyone takes using Facebook, Twitter, or the URL provided.

This Week at TeachersFirst

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