Mix up your New Years Eve routine by involving kids in the festivities and spending quality family time together!

1. “PARTY ANIMAL” CRAFT 

 

You will need:

  • 1 paper plate
  • 2 colors of paint
  • 2 large pink pom-poms (or any color)
  • Scrap of black felt
  • Party blower noise maker

Instructions:

  1. Paint the backside of the paper plate color 1 and allow to dry. Paint the top side of the plate color 2 and allow to dry.
  2. Cut circles from black felt and glue to the pink pom-poms.
  3. Fold the plate in half but do not crease.
  4. Glue pom-pom eyes to the top of the blue side of the paper plate.
  5. Cut a small hole in the center of the plate and insert the party blower.
  6. Parents can secure the blower with a small amount of hot glue, however tape can also be used.
  7. Ring in the New Year!

2. TIME CAPSULE 

 

Make a memory that you and your child will cherish for years to come. On a sheet of paper, write down questions for your child to fill out such as their favorite color, best friend, what they hope to accomplish this year, what they want to be when they grow up, etc. Once they have written their responses, seal the envelope and don’t open til next year! It will be a great way to reflect on how much growth and change has occurred in the following year.

3. CONFETTI PARTY POPPERS

 

You will need:

  • Empty toilet paper tubes
  • Standard size latex balloons
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape or other strong tape
  • Colored markers
  • Colored Construction paper
  • Hole punch

Instructions:

  1. Knot the end of each balloon, as you would if the balloon were filled with air. Then, cut each balloon in half using scissors.
  2. Take the knotted half of the balloon and stretch it over one end of the toilet paper roll. Secure the balloon with a piece of duct tape.
  3. Decorate the toilet paper tube.
  4. Punch holes in the construction paper and fill the toilet paper tube with your paper cut outs.
  5. Holding the Confetti popper upright, pull down on the knotted end of the balloon and let it go. This will send the paper cut outs flying!
  6. Make sure to clean up.

4. BALL DROP

 

You will need:

  • Ping pong balls
  • Chair or stool
  • 4 Waste baskets or containers
  • Timer

How to Play:

  1. Place waste baskets at various lengths away from the chair.
  2. Have player stand on the chair and  throw ping pong balls into waste baskets, attempting to make it into the various lengths.
  3. Player must land 3+ ping pong balls into the waste basket before the time expires.

5. MIDNIGHT KISS

 

You will need:

  • 20-50 chocolate kisses
  • Paper
  • Writing utensil

How to Play:

  1. Each player is allotted 10-20 chocolate kisses.
  2. Before the player begins, have adult write “12:00” on the bottom of one of one kiss and arrange with regular chocolate kisses on a table.
  3. Have player go through each kiss at a time, trying to find the one with “12:00” on the bottom. If the kiss they select reads “12:00” they are done, otherwise they must eat the chocolate kiss before continuing.

 

Party Animal: SOURCE

Confetti Party Poppers: SOURCE

Ball Drop: SOURCE

Midnight Kiss: SOURCE

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