Painting Fortune Cookies – New Year’s Eve Activity For Kids

new year's even activity for kids You don’t have to keep your kids up until midnight to celebrate the new year but it is nice to have some extra special activities. The start of a new year is the perfect time to think about what lies ahead and make predictions. One fun way is to crack open a fortune cookie and read what’s inside! Just eating a fortune cookie is fine but you can take it up a notch and paint fortune cookies for a special New Year’s Eve activity and treat.

Gather your materials. You will need some regular fortune cookies, food color, a little milk, an ice cube tray, and paint brushes. You may also want some paper towel and a plate for your work surface. fortune cookie painting new years eve activity for kids

Mix your color with just a tiny bit of milk. You can use water if you are dairy free but the milk adheres just a little better. new years eve activity for kidsInvite your cookie artist and let the fun begin. While she carefully painted I dotted one of my own.painting fortune cookies for new years eve family activity

I loved it when she decided to dip dye the fortune cookie. fortune cookie painting new years activity for kidsIt looked beautiful but it never really dried making the cookie mushy. It’s best to paint just a little without too much soaking in.new years eve activity for kids

Make sure you have a handful of cookies for each kiddo because she just kept painting and painting!new years eve activity for children

Memory Scavenger Hunt – New Years Activity

year in review photo scavenger hunt for kidsThis was a fun look back at 2013 and the scavenger hunt is only the first half of the activity. Talking about the memories and putting them in chronological order is the other half. Keeping my kids moving during bad weather is never hard because they LOVE scavenger hunts. You don’t need a huge space to keep them moving you just need enough space to hide some photos it will amaze you how active they can be in a single room, of course you can spread this out as far as you want as well. If you want to take this outside grab some snack sized plastic bags and pop the pictures inside to make them weather proof.

Gather your materials. You will to print out pictures of your favorite 2013 memories. I used picmonkey.com to make a collage of my photos and printed them out. It took a few minutes and even with a printer running low on ink the quality was good enough for this activity. You will also need some construction paper, double stick tape , a marker, and scissors. For the hunt we used paper bags to hold the pictures after they found them but they aren’t a must. memory scavenger hunt

Start by cutting your photos and construction paper. I used two colors because I was going to have my daughter look for one color and my son look for the other to make it a little more fair despite their age difference but they told me that was silly and just made it each man for himself. I don’t think it was silly but agreed to let them help decide how to play. Cut the paper into squares slightly larger than the photos. memory scavenger hunt for kids

Tape the photos on. Add the approximate date on the back. For my kids I just did month because we are working on teaching my preschooler the months of the year. For older kids you could add days and make it more of a challenge or skip the dates all together and just search for the memories. Do what works for you and what will be the best for your kids. memory scavenger hunt for new years

Hide them. photo memroy hunt for kids new years

If you are so inclined you can grab paper bags and write a little something on them to hold the photos while hunting. new years eve memroy game for kids

Gather your search party and go!scavenger hunt for kids

After you have found them all go through them and talk about each memory.scavenger hunt for new years eve

Sort them chronologically. This really showed us which months were the most memorable – January when we went to Disneyland, March when we visited family in Texas, and June when family visited us. new years memory hunt

Ask your kids to pick their favorite memories and share why they are their favorites. I teared up when my son said being with his grandparents was one of his. I’m weepy like that. memory scavenger hunt for kids in new years

Here’s to a wonderful 2014 and to all our great memories of 2013.  What was your favorite memory of 2013?

 

 

 

New Years Eve Craft

new years craft for kids Make a wish for the new year! These New Years Even Spin Drums were inspired by these wishing wands by Cathy at Nurture Store for Babycentre. We’ve been doing a lot of crafts with contact paper so when I saw these star spin drums I thought they would be perfect for an adapted activity. We’ve been working on letters with my daughter and spelling with my son so I wove little lessons into this activity too.

Gather your materials. You will need some craft spin drums ( ours came from here) , paint, letter and star stickers and glitter glue .wishing spin drums new years

Start by spelling wish with your letter stickers. For my 3 year old I told her the letters and she found them on the sticker sheet and added them to the spin drum. My son was on his own. wishing wand for new years eve

Next think of a wish for 2014 and spell it out. I was suggesting things like “Love” “Peace” etc… my kids chose ” car” and “nerf”. new years craft for kids These are their wishing drums not mine so I didn’t interfere. We did do this a few days before Christmas and their minds were on toys not world peace! Again I helped my daughter by spelling the word and letting her find the letters on the sheet of stickers and let my son do it solo. wishing wands for new years craft

Time to paint. new years eve craft star wands

Add glitter? Of course! star wand new years eve

My son added stickers to the beads too. new years craft for kids wishing drum

Let dry. Do not forget to use these when you are ringing in the new year. They are fun and noisy but not too noisy! wishing star noise makers craft

New Years Crafts For Kids

new years craftsDon’t worry I am not trying to dive into 2014!  I want to share some of our favorite New Years crafts so when the rush of Christmas is over but the kids aren’t back to their regular routines yet you still have something fun to make with all the left over glitter from Christmas crafts! I love New Years because it’s a great time to talk to children about change. Change as you likely know is hard for kids who crave the security of routines and predictability so finding a time when they aren’t going through a major change to bring it up is always good. New Years does that for us. We look back, notice changes then make goals and predictions for the year ahead. Here are some great crafts that can spark that discussion for your family as well as a bunch of firework crafts because when I mentioned New Years both my kids mentioned fireworks.

New Years Memory Game
Confetti Pop Fireworks
Every Year I Get Bigger – Photo Book.
New Years Wishing Tree
Shaving Cream Fireworks
Playroom Art Retrospective
Handprint Fireworks
New Years Eve Scavenger Hunt
Cupcake Liner Fireworks

Easy New Year’s Memory Game

new year's activity for kids My kids and I had a blast playing memory with this homemade memory game that we made with pictures of some of our favorite memories of 2012.  As you will see both my kids played ( although they aren’t ready to play against each other yet – their gap in abilities is still too vast) and both loved not only beating mom ( I am terrible at this game) but also retelling stories about each picture and the memory that went with it. Oh and it’s so easy to make. This is a great game for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some card stock, double stick tape, digital photos , scissors and marker. new years memory game
  2. Choose 6 or more photos of favorite memories of 2012. You can print them out in a collage using a service like picmonkey.com or individually. Make sure you have 2 copies of each picture.
  3. Cut your pictures out. Mine are all black and white because I ran out of color ink not for any grand reason. new years memory game for kids
  4. Tape to the card stock.
  5. Cut out.new years memory match game for kids and toddlers
  6. I added the year on the back for fun. Also I plan on making this year after year.memory match game for kids and toddlers
  7. Time to play. First up was my wee one. I laid out 8 matches for her although I probably could have done 6.match game for toddlers
  8. She loved seeing the photos of herself – her first day of school with her teacher was her favorite.  The excitement was genuine when she made a match. She made six before she asked if she could play with her tea set :) Next time I will keep the number of cards lower.memory and match game for kids and toddlers for new years
  9. Then we set it up for my 6 year old. match and memory game for new years eveHe got the whole deck and was eager to show off.  new years match game for kids and toddlersHe didn’t know what photos I chose for the game and was happy to recount the stories that went with many of the photos. new years even game for kids  His favorite was a photo of him playing with our contributing writer Kim’s son .new years photo memory game He made matches so quickly and counted them up after each one. It was a perfect opportunity to skip count by two as well.new years eve memory game for kids

Happy New Year!