fabulous ideas. I loved the balloons, but didn't want to blow them up, so I made bags for each hour. I set everything up the night before and put a short note describing the activity/craft, along with the supplies in the bag (if they fit). Most of the items for crafts were purchased at the Dollar Tree and the activities were freebies from TPT.
Here's what it looked like to start:
Next we decorated party hats. The hats came in an 8 pack at the Dollar Tree and the glitter pens came in a 10 pack with 2 of each color shown (I put the other 5 in a later bag). Similar to the silly string, the glitter glue didn't last long for my daughter and I (granted she is a little bit heavy-handed when I comes to this), but it was enough for the 2 of us and for $1 I'm not complaining!
I had planned to make a wishing wand, but ended up making a stained glass wishing star with tissue paper. I love how this turned out. I used a template from KinderKay which is a freebie in her store and wrote my daughter's 2015 wishes around the frame. She then filled it in with tissue paper squares and I laminated it.
At 4:00 pm we made rice crispy treats. I didn't put any of the supplies in the bag, but she was excited nonetheless!
Next we decorated our toasting glasses. We used the other 5 glitter glue pens for this. The glasses were a set of 6 for $1.
Being a teacher, I had to squeeze in some work. I used an add and color freebie from Triple the Love in Grade 1. Then we read a book. At this point my daughter was getting sleepy, so she sat on the couch to rest and she was asleep by 8:45!
So I put her to bed and we opened the rest of the bags on New Year's Day!
This bag had ring pops to ring in the new year in New York (since we're on the west coast).
Next, we broke out the glow in the dark bracelets, which would have been way more fun at night, but since she's 6 she loves accessorizing!
The 11:00 pm bag had photo booth props which are a freebie in Deena Jump's store. I didn't have any dowels at home, so I just attached straws to use to hold them up.
Our final bag had a noise maker my daughter made last weekend at Lakeshore's weekend craft event.
I have to say that this was such a fun night/next day! My daughter was eagerly looking forward to each bag and it gave us time to just hang out and do simple, fun stuff together. Also, it was cheap! I spent less than $10 at the Dollar Tree on the supplies and some things I already had on hand.
This could easily be adapted to your classroom if you wanted to do this when you go back. There are lots of freebies and great resources to celebrate the year and simple ideas that can be a fun brain break to ease yourself and the kids back into the school routine.
How did you bring in the new year?