Celebrating New Year’s

by Cora Miller

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated soon. How do you explain what the holiday is all about to young children? Keep your explanation simple. Explain that New Year’s Eve is a holiday that celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of another. Parties and celebrations are held all across the country to welcome the new year! Show the children a calendar from 2016 and one from 2017, if possible.

Seven kids in colorful clothing raising their both hands upHave fun ringing in the New Year with some of the following activities for young children:

Count Down. Have children crouch low to the ground with their hands wrapped around their legs. Practice counting backward from 10-1 and pop up from the ground saying “Happy New Year!”

Prepare New Year’s Punch. Replace soda with sparkling water, and mix with sherbet for a healthier but still delicious drink! Use the children’s favorite flavors for your sparkling water/sherbet combination! Use lime sherbet as a great review of December’s color of the month.

Sing songs:

Sung to “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
This year’s coming to an end,
To an end, to an end.
Then a new year will begin,
Happy New Year’s Day!
 

Sung to “Happy Birthday”
Happy Birthday, New Year!
Happy Birthday, New Year!
Happy Birthday, 2017!
Happy Birthday, New Year!

Make New Year Party Hats. Cut strips of paper to use as headbands. Have children decorate them as they wish using crayons, markers, or paint. new-year-headband-craftFit the strips to the children’s heads and tape to secure. Cut paper plates in half to use as decoration for the front of the headband. Decorate with Happy New Year and the children’s names. Wear them during New Year’s celebrations!

Set Goals. Explain that a new year is a time when some people set a goal for the coming year. Have children think of something that they would like to learn, and write down their answers to display on a bulletin board. Celebrate when the children reach their goals!

Read books. Try the books listed below or ask your local librarian for suggestions:

Happy New Year, Spot!happy-new-year-spot
by Eric Hill

The Night Before New Year’s
by Natasha Wing

Happy New Year Everywhere!
by Arlene Erlbach

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