New Years Eve Activity For Kids

new years eve scavenger hunt for kids

I wish I’d thought of this earlier but they had a blast and it was great to reminisce as a family as we look forward to 2012.  Every family member contributed to the activity and making the memories that made 2011 such a fantastic year.


  1. Gather your materials.  I originally thought of making a wreath but when I saw my tinsel tree I grabbed it. Either works. You will also need some ribbon – ours was sheer and HARD to write on, plain cotton strips would be the easiest to write on but sheer is so pretty. You will also need some small containers ( eggs work great) to hide the memories in , some paper to survey your family for their favorite events/memories  and some pipe cleaners for the tree topper.
  2. Start by asking your family for the top 12 events of the year – we tried to do one per month but it was closer 3 per season. We went around the table at dinner letting everyone add whatever they wanted. Hearing every one’s proudest and most special moments was in itself a great activity.
  3. Using pipe cleaners make a 2011 tree topper. I admit I did 2012 first and had to fix my mistake. Pop it on the top.
  4. Cut 12 pieces of ribbon. Write the memories onto the ribbon. Hold the ribbon tight and writing is easier. Use a permanent fine tip marker.
  5. Pop them in your containers. I was going to use eggs but I have NO clue where they are. Luckily I had a package of 12 paper favor boxes. Putting these together took longer than the rest of the activity. I need to find th0se plastic eggs.
  6. Hide them – how many can you see?
  7. Find them!  Read the memories as they are found.
  8. Tie them onto the tree and keep going until you find them all.

Happy New Year !

I hope you and your family are blessed with fantastic memories of 2011 and countless opportunities to make great ones in 2012.

Celebrate New Years – Kid Art Retrospective


My kids have been busy playing with their new toys, my son has been  building Legos and my daughter has been pushing babies around the house with her new buggy. I wanted to do something special to celebrate the amazing year we had so while they were playing I ran upstairs, found the bin of art and made an art gallery of their 2011 creations.  It was a fun way to spend snack time and look back at our favorite pieces from 2011.


  1. Gather your materials. You will need your children’s art , painters tape ( so you don’t muck up the walls) , some snacks ( all gallery openings have snacks! ) , as well as something to use as a sign, and to write a blurb about the artists.
  2. I sorted through my kids’ art that made it to the keep bin in my son’s closet. I have a canvas bin in the corner of this closet that we run art into that passes the keep test. I also put in almost everything my daughter makes. She’ll get her own bin soon.
  3. I put the art up at their and slightly above their eye level. I was careful to have things my daughter made at a level she could touch… and as you will see that was a huge hit with her to be able to touch the pieces she made, and is clearly proud of.
  4. Make a sign for the door.
  5. Don’t forget a blurb about the artists.
  6. I put out art related books in the reading nook too.
  7. Add some snacks.
  8. Invite your guests of honor. I wish I’d done this when my parents were still in town because my kids loved seeing their art and showing it off to their dad, they would have loved showing it off to their grandparents too.
  9. I loved that she gravitated towards her own art.
  10. My son showed off the pieces he loved making – marshmallow art is his favorite. No clue why.
  11. After her brother had his treats , and gave a quick gallery talk about when he made this or that he went back to legos, but my daughter stayed looking forever. I see many more museum trips in our future, although she has already been to one of my favorite museums with me.
  12. Then we read a few books and quietly had another cookie. Here are some great fine art books to check out .  

Happy New Year !

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