Celebrating New Years with Kids

Yesterday I celebrated New Years with my daughter at home, having a very low-key kid centered celebration.  So I thought I'd share what worked for us.
Celebrating New year's Eve with kids
To start, I searched Pinterest and found a ton of 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:
Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
I had bags beginning at noon going until 11:55 pm, so we could be ready to ring in the new year at midnight.  My daughter was so excited to open each bag and it made the day go by very quickly.

Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
Our first activity was playing with silly string.  We went outside and chased each other around.  As a disclaimer, this did not last long before the cans ran out.  But since my daughter is 6 and we'd never had a silly string fight before, she didn't mind.
Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
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!
Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
I found this Slurpee coupon that my daughter got from soccer and put that in a bag since it expired yesterday.  She loved this and couldn't wait to get her Slurpee!  Bonus, it was free!
Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
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.
Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
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!
Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
Celebrating New year's Eve with Kids
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.
Here was another food bag. I had planned to make breakfast for dinner, but we ended up going out with my parents.
Santa left Uno in her stocking and we've been playing as a family ever since.  This bag challenged us to see who the game champ would be!
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?


  1. I love the way you celebrated New Year's Eve with your daughter. This was a very creative way and I am sure that you and your daughter will treasure the memory. Happy New Year!

  2. This is the most awesome idea! It looks like you both had a lot of fun! What a great memory, one that I'm sure she will treasure (and you too). ;) priceless! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jenn! It was so much fun and something I'd love to do every year!

  3. What a great idea!!! I might have to get something like this ready for an upcoming snow day! (It's January, and I live in Iowa, so I know they are coming...) Thanks! :)


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