If you are spending New Years Eve with the family then here’s 5 non-expensive activities by Rodney of Premeditated LeftOvers you can do with the kids that are not only fun but will help them understand tradition and values.
Five New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids
Resolution Videos –With the proliferation of video cameras, smart phones and other media, most families have some type of recording device to make memories. Sit your kids down for a recording session every single New Year’s Eve and have them state what their resolutions are for the coming year. Encourage them to really think about it and try to improve over the previous year. The footage will be priceless and the kids love the camera.
New Year’s Sock Hop – Call it a sock hop, dance or plain old slumber party but make it a tradition! Be the mom (or share duties with other moms) that throws a sock hop every single New Year’s Eve, Counting down with a group of their friends will encourage warm feelings about the holiday and show them that fun can be had right at home.
Annual Time Capsules – Sit your kids down at the table with a stack of index cards and have them write down ten cards each. Each card should be a specific memory that was important to them throughout that calendar year. Put all those into a “capsule” of some type and store it away safely. Years from now those memories will be priceless. Here are more ideas for creating a time capsule.
Milk Toasting Tradition – No champagne here! Kids love toasting alongside their parents and milk is the ultimate choice. Not only will it give them nutrients that they need, it will also provide them with a warm belly to go to sleep on afterwards. Mom always let us stay up for the ball and a nice glass of warm milk at the strike of twelve.
Charitable Resolution Contracts – Giving our children a civic minded personality is the best gift we can give them. Have them sit down and commit to two causes throughout the coming year. Write up an “official” contract and explain that it is binding. Give them a civic award every new year for the work done the previous year. This can be done every year and keep them thinking of others all the year round.
Here’s 20 more activities courtesy of 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
- Two New Years Fireworks Crafts from I Can Teach My Child
- New Years Wishing Wand from Baby Centre
- New Years High Five and Right Foot from Crayons and Cuties in Kindergarten
- New Years Balloon Countdown from Craftibilities
- New Years Books for Kids from What We Do all Day
- New Years Eve Time Capsule from Women Living Well
- New Years Eve Sound Makers from Domestic Charm
- Year in Review Photo Scavenger Hunt from No Time for Flashcards
- New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags from East Coast Mommy
- New Years Eve Milk & Cookie Toast from Style Me Pretty
- New Years Eve Party Bath from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Confetti Balloon Craft from Free Kids Crafts
- Matchbox Confetti from Carolyns Homework
- New Years Noise Makers from Alpha Mom
- Confetti Eggs for New Years from Rad Megan
- New Years Bingo (free printable) from Hip Hip Horray
- Printable New Years Photo Props from i Heart Naptime
- New Years Clock Hats from Reading Confetti
- Edible Party Horns from Cooking with my Kids
- Fireworks Ring Craft from Fantastic Fun & Learning