Without the usual community New Years celebrations for kids this year, it can be hard to make the day special for the little ones. Here are some super simple ideas to make NYE memorable for the kiddos using only materials you can find around the house to create their very own DIY New Years Party they'll never forget.
DIY New Year Noise Maker -- Required Materials: paper plate, stapler, beans, rice or beads, ribbon, bows or tinsel. Fold the paper plate in half and scatter the beans, rice or beads (anything that will make a shaky noise) along the crease. Staple the paper plate closed. Decorate by coloring, adding stickers or use some leftover holiday bows or tinsel.
DIY New Year Party Hat -- Required Materials: paper plate, scissors, markers, tinsel or bows. Cut along the rim of the paper plate about 3/4 of the way around so there is about 1-2 inches left uncut. Fold the cut circle along this uncut portion to create a stand up flap. Have the kids decorate this flap with a new year message. Glue some ribbon, tinsel or glitter around the rim.
DIY Confetti Popper -- Required Materials: paper cup, scissors, balloon, confetti. Cut the bottom off of the paper cup. Tie off the end of the balloon. Cut off the rounded edge of the balloon. Wrap the tied balloon end onto the small end of the paper cup. Add some glitter (or make your own with cup up pieces of paper or ribbon) to the cup. Pull on the balloon end and let the glitter fly! See instructions for similar craft here.
Fireworks Painting -- Required Materials: black paper, liquid glue, glitter. This looks best on thick, black construction paper but any dark color really makes the fireworks pop (this art even looks awesome on plain white paper too). You could even upcycle a holiday gift box or cut up a stiff paper bag. "Draw" the fireworks shapes with liquid glue and cover the glue with glitter. Shake off excess. Voila. Your very own DIY fireworks display.
Fireworks Ring -- Required Materials: pipe cleaners. Find instructions here from fantasticfunandlearning
New Years Countdowns: nearly all of the streaming services have New Years Countdowns available with many of the kids' favorite characters -- Netflix alone has 13 different ones to chose from.
Dress Up: everyone loves dress up even if you're not going anywhere. Let the kids drag out allll the costumes and let them pick something out for you too. They'll always remember the New Years party when they got to choose the outfits for the grownups.
Happy New Year! I hope your celebration is full of hope and promise for 2021. #craftingwithkids #readyfor2021