Still, we wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun of ringing in the New Year! So, for my last post of the year, I’ve collected some fun activities for home or the classroom to bring young children into the celebration – even if no one in the house will be up until midnight.
Art and Sensory Activities
These fun ideas combine art and sensory exploration. Since these projects have a specific goal in mind, they make wonderful family activities with everyone helping at their own level.
- New Year’s noise maker. Use two paper bowls and some beans to make a New Year’s Eve noise maker. Young children can decorate the bowls and help with the beans. An older sibling or grownup can help with assembly.
- Paper towel tube shaker. Make a shaker out of a decorated paper towel tube. While some recommend rubber bands to hold the ends on, I find tape is much more secure.
- Water bottle shaker. Another fun way to make a shaker is to use a water bottle. The top screws on securely but is easily removed. Encourage your children to experiment with sound. How does the sound change when the bottle is full? How about when it’s mostly empty? Do different materials make different sounds?
Music & Movement
- Sing about the concept of time. “Tick Tock” and “Hickory Dickory Dock” are traditional songs about the concept of time. Visit Carrots are Orange to learn them.
- Sing about the New Year. These “piggy back songs” which use well know traditional melodies are easy to learn. “Ring the Bells” and “Happy New Year” are my favorites from Child Care Lounge.
- Practice counting down to the New Year. This may seem a little silly, but trust me, preschoolers LOVE it. Grab your noise makers and practice counting down from 10, then cheering and celebrating. Celebrate by counting down with another time zone on the big day if you don’t want to be up until the wee hours.
More New Year’s Eve Activities
- Set up a Favorite Memories Scavenger Hunt. I really love this idea! It gets kids thinking about their favorite moments of the past year and gives them a fun activity. Check out the details at No Time for Flashcards.
- Decorate the year. Draw “2016” in bubble numbers on a large piece of paper. Encourage your kids to fill the numbers with Pom poms (affiliate link), paint or other decorations.
- Make paper fireworks. While we did this project for the 4th of July, it would work just as well for New Year’s Eve! Make Fireworks in the night sky out of paper, scissors, paint and glue.
- Make silly party hats to wear. Be creative with paper, scissors and string or follow the instructions here.
I hope you enjoy a wonderful New Year’s celebration! How will you be celebrating with your family?Please share!