Activities for the New Year

Changing from the old to the new.

As one year comes to a close and another one begins, we’ve begun to plan some activities to celebrate and learn about 2012.

For my newly-turned 3 year old, we will begin teaching him what New Year’s eve is all about, how we count down and celebrate and how to recognize the numbers: 0, 1 and 2.

For my 5 year old, who has been learning about the calendar for the past few months, we will focus on how twelve months have passed and how we will change the year from 2011 to 2012.

For both my 5 and 7 year olds, we will talk about what it means to make New Year’s resolutions.  For that, I’ve cobbled together a little activity for them to do.  They can color in the numbers “2012” and then set a goal in each of the categories: Learning, Family, Community and Me.  I wish I had a slick printable to share with you.  I don’t,  but I can share the pieces of this one with you, and if you are so inclined, you can print the pieces out and cut and paste/tape them together, as I did. (scroll to bottom of this post for the links)

For fun, we can play “New Year’s Eve”, in the week leading up to the holiday itself, set the clock to 12:00 midnight, countdown from 10 to 1, then change the year hanging from the mantle.  We’ll get out our little box of noisemakers and party hats from years past and toast with milk and cookies.  Then, when New Year’s Eve arrives, we will be all ready to ring it in, although we’ll do an early “kid version” at around 8:00 p.m.

New Year’s Resolution Worksheet Printables:
New Year’s Resolutions
2012 pictures.jpg (there are extras in addition to the example above, so you can customize your worksheet)
Numbers for the top of the worksheet (choose “small templates”)
Large number templates to hang up can be found here.  We painted ours with gold paint and glitter, cut them out and glued them to cardstock.

Wishing you and your family peace and joy in the coming year from the Creekside Learning family.

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13 Responses to Activities for the New Year

  1. Emily Boesch says:

    some good ideas! I like the idea of talking about goals and things we’d like to accomplish in the new year.

  2. Very cute! Hmm, I like the idea of celebrating NYE every night… ; )

  3. javamom says:

    oops — that wasn’t you commenting on your own blog, that was your “tech support” friend still logged in as you commenting…. sorry!

  4. stephanie says:

    Love the categories for resolutions! We have celebrated at Greenwich Time for the last several years with the kids.

  5. Love this! Just came by to award you a Versatile Blogger Award ( and, once again, am loving your post! Glad I stopped in today. Thank you for sharing the resources!

  6. What a great way to help your children set goals for themselves! Thanks for the idea and links to printables 🙂
    BTW, I am a new follower.

  7. Trina says:

    Great idea! I love them all! I am working on New Year’s activities/sensory bin today too! thanks for sharing! Visiting from TGIF!

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  9. Natasha says:

    great idea

    coming from T.G.I.F party

    Natasha xx

  10. Beth says:

    LOVE that you gave your kiddos categories to make resolutions in – that makes them think a little more. I’ll have to try that next year =) Thanks for linking up to TGIF. Happy New Year,
    Beth =-)

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