New Year’s Eve can be a fun night for parents AND kids without keeping kids awake until midnight! By the time Christmas ends and New Year’s Eve rolls around, I usually can’t even stay awake until midnight myself. For the past few years I’ve had fun celebrating New Preschoolers activities printable’s Eve with my kids as toddlers and preschoolers. I thought I would gather some of my favorite ideas all in one place!
These activities are some favorites that we have tried in the past. Please share additional ideas that have worked for you or any variations on these ideas that you have tried! Last year we tried out New Year’s Eve countdown bags inspired by Organize Your Stuff Now. Inside each bag we put a little treat and a slip of paper with a quick activity on it. Some of the activities we did are listed below. We loved these creative New Year’s Eve crowns from Pink Stripey Socks in 2016, and this year they have some fun Plastic Spoon New Years Crowns that we may be trying.
We decorated our crowns with sparkles and markers and crayons. You can get really fancy using all sorts of embellishments if your kids really like decorating crowns. M numbers using an outline drawn on a piece of paper. We’ve loved the New Year’s Eve printable BINGO sheets from 30 Handmade Days.
We use little plastic tiles as counters to cover each spot. Ms, large plastic counters work the best. I like these sheets because they include pictures for younger kids and words for older kids. For our sparkly number play dough activity we like to build the number for the new year out of play dough and then we give the kids bowls of beads and sequins and gems and they get to decorate the numbers. I am always surprised at how long the kids spend decorating and looking for jems and jewels.
Pom pom shooters are one of our favorite things. Making a New Years pom pom shooter that blasts colorful pom poms everywhere is always a hit! We use styrofoam or paper cups and cut off the bottom of the cups. Check out this pom pom shooter tutorial by Red Ted Art for more details. These are such a colorful and fun way to celebrate the new year! No matter how fun our NYE activities are, glow stick hide and seek always wins the “best activity” award because the kids love playing it again and again and again.
We take turns and have one or two kids hide all of the glow sticks in a dark room. Then the other party people go and find the glow sticks. Then we repeat it again and again. Everyone gets a chance to hide the glow sticks and everyone gets a chance to find the glow sticks. Last year my kids played glow stick hide and seek for at least 30 minutes. Our family loves Minute to Win It Games.
These New Year’s Eve Minute to Win It ideas from The Idea Room look awesome. There are so many fun New Year’s Eve snack and treat ideas compiled over at Kids Activities Blog. We love creative and yummy drinks and my mom loves making cute treats using cupcakes and candy in tall glasses. If you aren’t a fan of candy and cupcakes, add in some fishy crackers or colorful cereal and a muffin.