My new year's resolution is to plan ahead more for these blog posts and not be writing it at the last minute as I prepare the activity for my kids!
But, I'm throwing this one out here for you with no pictures and I'll update it once we do everything this year!
My kids are 4 and 6, and I have planned several activities to do as a family to be together on the last day of the year. Starting at 10:00, they will open up a paper bag with an activity to do. I will put a note and the supplies if they will fit in the bag. We are going to catch the 9:00 ball drop (midnight on the east coast of the U.S.), but I've just found out Netflix has ball drops that you can play at any time that works for you!
It's really easy to switch things around for what works for your family - less activities, different games, etc. Here is what I have planned:
11:00 am - Year in Review Photo Hunt - print pictures from each month of this year and hide them around the house. The kids will try to find them and then you can look back at the memories you made. You can also write which month they were taken on the back and organize them in month order.
12:00 pm - New Year's Coloring Pages from Rad and Happy. (We are subscribers and get new coloring pages each month to print). They do not disappoint! We'll probably eat some lunch somewhere in here too.
1:00 pm - Snowmen stones. Go find some rocks, paint them white, and then decorate.
2:00 pm - Tic Tac Tweezer Game - See who can move the most Tic Tacs from plate to plate in a minute. If you have younger kids, try using cotton balls and larger tongs or tweezers.
3:00 pm - Make these funny mouth covers for party horns. Hilarious! I foresee a lot of adult help on this one, but the kids will love the end result!
4:00 pm - Balloon paddles - we are going to decorate some paper plates, attach a craft stick, blow up a balloon, and try to keep the balloons off the ground!
5:00 pm - Let's learn about how different countries celebrate New Year's Eve and Day. This might be a little over their heads and I don't expect them to do it all. But I love the exposure, and teaching them about it.
6:00 pm - Either before or after this will be dinner. Then we'll play this fun game with a ball in panty hose on your head. You try to knock the cups (that are arranged like a clock) over in order from 1-12. Of course for littles, you could just have them knock them all down.
8:00 pm - Fireworks in a jar since we won't be seeing any real fireworks! A simple activity with just a mason jar, water, oil, and food coloring.
8:40 pm - Get some fancy drinks ready and maybe some popcorn. Get your noise makers, crowns, and party horns you made earlier today!
9:00 pm - Watch the ball drop and say Happy New Year! Then go straight to bed. Ha! If we're lucky. But maybe they will be so exhausted from all the fun that this won't be so hard.
I was able to get everything I needed from the Dollar Store or I had it already at home.
Cheers to the New Year!!