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Crafts for Kids - New Year Crafts

Updated on February 28, 2019
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Coloring page artist /designer for more than 30 years; get printable coloring pages at Lee's web sites (link info on Profile page).

Fun New Year Crafts for Kids
Fun New Year Crafts for Kids | Source

New Year Crafts for Children - First Night and Chinese New Year Arts & Crafts Activities

This New Year's Eve / First Night (December 31) and New Year's Day (January 1), plan to include creative crafts activities for your children as part of the celebration entertainment. New Year crafts for kids encourage creativity and spur youngsters' interest in New Year festivities and First Night celebrations.

Kids will have fun crafting New Year greeting cards and coloring pages, New Year's party hats and masks or they can make party noisemakers, crackers and shakers from recycled materials.

Plan a day of New Year arts and crafts for kids to keep the spirit alive right after Christmas. Creative New Year crafts for children will entertain restless youngsters on New Year's eve, helping them wait for the fireworks to begin, the ball to drop or the clock to strike midnight. One New Year craft children enjoy is to make a poster, picture or bulletin board decorated with their resolutions and hopes for the upcoming year.

If you're planning a New Year's day party, brunch or get together that includes children plan a fun New Year kid craft activity to fill in time between food, parade viewing and football games.

New Year's Eve Mask 2016 Eyeglasses Printable Paper Craft Activity Sheet
New Year's Eve Mask 2016 Eyeglasses Printable Paper Craft Activity Sheet | Source

Masquerade Crafts for New Year Celebrations

It's not a true New Year celebration without masks, wacky eyeglasses, noisemakers and party hats. Kids can make masks or just have fun with these creative mask craft kits.

Children's New Year Resolutions Mural - Bulletin Board with Self-Image Paper Heads and Cartoon Bubble Thoughts

My niece, Angela Antosh, is an early education specialist and talented teacher. This bulletin board features New Year crafts by children in one of her classes. Each child made a self-portrait from construction paper then attached their personal New Year resolution in a cute speech bubble.

Happy New Year poster
Happy New Year poster | Source

First Night - New Year's Eve Arts, Crafts, Entertainment

Family Fun for New Year's Eve

First Night is an arts-oriented alcohol-free family-oriented New Year's eve celebration that started in 1976 in Boston, Massachusetts that has since spread to hundreds of other cities and towns across the USA. Boston performing and visual artists helped create what has become one of the nation's favorite year-end celebrations.

First Night USA describes the general qualities of First Night Celebrations as follows:

- First Night festivals take place on New Year's Eve

- First Night festivals celebrate creativity, imagination, and participation

- First Night festivals emphasize family programming that honors a no-alcohol policy

- First Night festivals showcase high-quality programs that highlight a spectrum of performing and visual arts activities and events reflecting the diversity of the cities and towns represented

- First Night festivals feature a Grand Procession that invites community-wide participation and emphasizes a cooperative spirit

- First Night festivals utilize both indoor and outdoor spaces, including theatres and galleries as well as nontraditional sites such as municipal buildings, plazas, streets, places of worship, and shop windows to present programs that inspire unique experiences of seeing familiar places in a new light.

New Year Party Supplies

Find all the decorations, New Year party hats, noisemakers and tableware you need right here.

New Year Party Hat Crafts
New Year Party Hat Crafts | Source

New Year Party Hats

New Year fun requires a fun or silly party hat. You'll find lots of New Year party hat patterns and printables in this list.

First Night New Year Celebrations are All About the Arts

What's First Night?

First Night is Held on the Last Day / Night of the Year!

First Night is a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration that rings out the old year and rings in the new. First Night is held from noon until midnight on December 31 and focuses on the arts, family entertainment and alcohol-free fun, outside and indoors.

Kids will enjoy celebrating New Year with daytime or nighttime crafts activities on December 31 and January 1. In the days before the holiday season, home and school New Year parties for children are the perfect opportunity for kids to make New Year crafts and enjoy New Year activities. First Night is all about the arts, so it's a perfect opportunity for children to participate in New Year crafts and year-end party fun.

New Year Party Mask Crafts - Mask Crafts and Printable Masks

Fancy masquerade mask
Fancy masquerade mask | Source

Masks and funny hats are traditional accessories for New Year's Eve along with noisemakers and firecrackers. Kids can craft masquerade masks for New Year's eve party fun and wear them to First Night celebrations, New Year's eve parties or to your January 1 family party.

Free New Year Arts and Crafts Patterns and Projects - Kids New Year Crafts

Kids will love these New Year crafts activities they can make ahead of time or as part of your New Year's Eve or First Night or New Year's Day celebration.

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year banner art
Chinese New Year banner art | Source
Happy New Year
Happy New Year | Source
Year of the Goat, Chinese Zodiac Line Art
Year of the Goat, Chinese Zodiac Line Art | Source

Chinese New Year Crafts - Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Kids will enjoy these fun and free Chinese New Year activities and arts and crafts. Combine Chinese New Year crafts with a lesson about the Chinese Zodiac, culture and traditions associated with the Chinese New Year celebration which lasts for fifteen days.

© 2011 Lee Hansen

Happy New Year Crafts Guest Book - Have a wonderful New Year!

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  • WriterJanis2 profile image


    6 years ago

    You have so many fun ideas here.

  • Heidi Vincent profile image

    Heidi Vincent 

    6 years ago from GRENADA

    Happy New Year to you, Pastiche.

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    7 years ago

    Oooo, a template that I don't think I've seen before, how pretty! What a nice selection of crafts!

  • Blackspaniel1 profile image


    8 years ago

    Nice lens

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    Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

    8 years ago from southwestern Virginia

    Once again, a great helpful lens!

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    8 years ago

    Nice lens

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    8 years ago

    Looking forward to an awesome 2012, Happy New Year!


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