DIY New Years Activity & Photo Book

new year craft for kidsMy son is just 3 and as people started wishing us a happy New Year after Christmas he started asking me questions about it. He has a good sense of time but the whole concept of a new year was still a little beyond him. I wracked my brain for a good New Years activity and decided using a 3 year olds narcissistic tendencies to teach about passing time could be the trick we needed. I was right!  We made this Sunday and all day yesterday he would grab it and tell me ” It’s 2010 now and I am big, I was tiny when it was 2006″ it’s a start! Older children could add memories about past years on the pages as well.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some card stock, pictures of your child from the year of their birth until the present year, some double stick tape, a marker , small write on labels, hole punch and ribbon.DIY Photo Book
  2. Start by writing the numbers for each year on the labels. For older children able to write the numbers skip this and have them write it on the card stock. One of the reasons I wrote out all the numbers was so that my son could see the progression. 2010 DIY Photo Book
  3. Add the stickers to a page of card stock.DIY Photo Book
  4. While your child adds the stickers or writes the numbers add double stick tape to the back of the first picture.DIY Photo Book
  5. Add it to the card stock, I told him to press hard… so he did. DIY Photo Book
  6. Repeat! I was surprised my son was as eager to put on the last sticker as he was the first, I was expecting to do some, he did it all with very little help. DIY Photo Book
  7. Punch holes.DIY Photo Book
  8. Add ribbon ( make it loose to flip easily) and a title.DIY Photo Book
  9. Enjoy! DIY Photo Book


  1. Mena says

    You are so creative! This is a great activity!

    One request for the new year…more video of you and/or your son!! You guys are both so adorable. :)

  2. Jackie says

    A great book on the same topic of time passing is Over and Over by Charlotte Zolotow – my 2 year old studies it to see “what comes next!”. Thanks for all your great ideas – we love your blog!

    • admin says

      Thank you for the rec! I couldn’t find a book appropriate at home and son’s is sick so I didn’t make it out to the library. Awesome!!

  3. says

    This is perfect for the project I am working on with my daughter who has special needs! I am trying to tie in the calendar dates and make them more relevant and personal. What a better, hands on way, to start then to let her see the changes each has made in her life! Thanks so much, you always have the greatest ideas!
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..New Year Project: Daily Bible Reading =-.


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