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Whether you go out or stay in, it’s fun to have New Year’s traditions with your littles.  The following list of ideas can be done on December 31st or January 1 depending on your grown-up plans.

  • Time Capsule – Take an old shoebox/coffee container/bottle. Put in memories from this year – lists of favorites, pictures, small toys such fidget spinners, news headlines, etc. Seal the lid, decorate the container, and put it away to look at next year or in 2027!
  • Year In Review – Go to Pinterest, or use the following list to help you recap your year in review:
    • Age
    • Grade/Teacher
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Best Friends
    • Favorite Activity
    • Vacations Taken
    • Milestones Reached
  • Leave Behinds – What do you want to leave behind in 2017? Bottles, pacifiers, diapers, bad habits, troubles, all of the above? Use the new year as a great way to agree to move forward with your littles (if appropriate). Some people take this a step further and write down their worries and throw them into the fire. While this is a fun activity, it may or may not be a good activity depending on the age of your children. We suggest ripping or trash cans instead.
  • Set Goals – This is a fun activity even with your younger children. Talking about goals and dreams is always a great practice. Don’t forget to write down how you will accomplish your goals and dreams.
  • Hourly Goody Bags – Preplan lunch bags of goodies – can be edible, small toys, or written notes for each hour counting down to the new year!

Need a few activities for your kids during the actual hours of New Year’s Eve? Well, these aren’t that creative, but here are some modified activities to enjoy with your children if you’re staying home while the ball drops.

Note: It’s ok to set a clock back a couple hours so you aren’t ruining bedtime and starting off your 2018 with two tired littles.

  • Balloon Clock – Write your times on balloons, let your children pop a balloon on every hour until the New Year! Loud noises are perfectly acceptable on this one day of the year!
  • Glitter Balloons – Own a vacuum? Get crazy with glitter or confetti! Fill balloons with glitter or confetti and let your kids pop them! It’s a beautiful, memory-filled, cleanable, mess.
  • Sparkling Grape Juice – Delicious for kids AND adults. Not a fan of the sugar content in juice? Carbonated water in fancy glasses works just as well.
  • Noise Makers – available at any party or grocery store OR in any child’s bedroom. If you buy rice or beans you can make anything into a maraca!
  • Decorate Hats – Using construction paper and string, make your own silly hats! You can fold them into the typical cone, or get more creative with a NYE crown! If your child is feeling extra creative, let them decorate a hat for you as well.

The new year signifies new beginnings and a chance to start over.  For children, who always live in the present (what a luxury) it’s a great time to remind them that things can and do change. They are allowed to be whoever they want to be moving forward.

Cheers to a fantastic 2018!