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New Years Activities for Children!

Updated on December 22, 2013

New Years Games, Activities and Projects for Children

Children delight in helping to prepare for New Years Day celebrations. Make glittered party hats, sparkling punch, cut up confetti, and learn to tell time. This article has dozens of hands-on games, activities, and projects for teaching children. Create your own New Years Day traditions with your children.

Make ornaments to decorate your home for a New Years Day party. Learn the science behind the bubbles in the Champagne.

Learn to count backwards with the New Years Day countdown. Play subtraction and division games that countdown do the New Year. Explore place value with the new calendar year.

New Years Eve will be filled with unique, creative, hands-on projects for children. Teachers and homeschoolers will love these ideas so be sure to pass them on. Happy New Year!

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New Years Party Hats

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New Years is a wonderful time to learn geometry. New Years Party Hats are cone shaped. A cone is a solid geometric shape that can be formed by using a compass. To make a circle large enough to make a party hat you will need a teacher sided compass. There are so many different projects to do using large cones, owning a teacher sized compass will come in very handy.

1. Following the the direction on this chart, make a circle and then draw a line from the center of the circle to the outer edge using a ruler. That line is the radius of the circle. The line that delineates the circle is called the circumference of the circle.

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2. Now cut around the circle and on the line into the center.

3. Overlap the two edges where you cut the line. The more they overlap, the smaller around your New Years Hat will be.

4. Staple the hat to hold the edges where you would like them.

5. Spray the outside of the cone with spray glue.

6. Cover your New Years Party Hat with glitter.

Now you have a Glittery New Years Party Hat and you have learned a bit about geometry as well.!

Westcott School Wooden Chalkboard Compass With Sure Grip Handles, 17"
Westcott School Wooden Chalkboard Compass With Sure Grip Handles, 17"

Large compass for making cone shaped New Years Eve Party Hats

 
Bee Paper Heavy Drawing Roll, 36-Inch by 5-Yards
Bee Paper Heavy Drawing Roll, 36-Inch by 5-Yards

Heavy, thick white drawing paper for making New Years Day Party Hats

 
Gold Glitter lb.
Gold Glitter lb.

Sprinkle gold glitter over the glue on the New Years Party Hats.

 
3M General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive, 10-1/4-Ounce
3M General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive, 10-1/4-Ounce

Spray Glue for adding glitter to your New Years Hats.

 
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone

Read the story of Sir Cumference and learn the geometry behind the cone shaped New Years Party Hats

 

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Recipe for New Years Punch

1 bottle of Sparkling Water

1 can of concentrated apple juice

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Children love to help out when preparing for a holiday celebration and New Years Eve is no exception. Often adults drink champagne to toast the new year. Here is a recipe that resembles champagne but without the alcohol. For this New Years Punch just mix a bottle of sparkling water with a can of frozen apple juice concentrate. The sparkling water adds the bubbles that champagne is so famous for.

Serve your Children's New Years Punch in Champagne glasses and teach them how to toast for the New Year.

S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, 33.8 fl oz. (Pack of 12)
S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, 33.8 fl oz. (Pack of 12)

Sparkling water to add the bubbles to your children's version of champagne.

 
Juicy Juice 100% All Natural Juice Concentrate, Apple, 11.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Juicy Juice 100% All Natural Juice Concentrate, Apple, 11.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

Apple juice concentrate adds the pale yellow color and a flavor that your children will recognize and love.

 
25 - Clear Plastic Champagne Wedding Toasting Flutes Glasses
25 - Clear Plastic Champagne Wedding Toasting Flutes Glasses

Children will love drinking from champagne style glasses and you will love that these plastic glasses won't break.

 
Ravenscroft Crystal Flute Hollow Stem Glass, Set of 4
Ravenscroft Crystal Flute Hollow Stem Glass, Set of 4

Here are some lovely champagne glasses for the adults.

 

Photo Credit: New Years Bubble Experiment

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The bubbles that rise up and pop in your glass of champagne or your New Years Punch are made from escaping carbon dioxide. A fun activity to do with your children as New Years approaches is to make Dancing Raisins.

1 box of baking soda

1 bottle of white vinegar

A few raisins

A clear glass jar

Pour vinegar into the jar. Using a spoon, mix in a small amount of baking soda. Watch the bubbles rise and pour over the edge of the jar. Those bubbles are carbon dioxide that is released when the baking soda mixes with the vinegar.

Now add a few raisins. As the bubbles of carbon dioxide collect on the raisins the raisins begin to rise to the surface. When the raisins hit the surface the bubbles detach and burst through the surface. The raisins sink to the bottom and begin to collect carbon dioxide again.

I wonder if raisins would dance in champagne or New Years Punch?

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda-4LB (01170)
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda-4LB (01170)

Baking Soda for New Years Dancing Raisins experiment

 
Heinz Distilled White Vinegar
Heinz Distilled White Vinegar

Vinegar for New Years Dancing Raisins experiment

 
Sun Maid California Raisins, 6-Count, 1-Ounce Cartons (Pack of 8)
Sun Maid California Raisins, 6-Count, 1-Ounce Cartons (Pack of 8)

Raisins for New Years Dancing Raisins experiment

 

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As a child my sister and I cut paper up for hours in order to make New Years confetti. It was so much fun!

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In Costa Rica, where there is no snow, people gather each evening between Christmas and New Years to throw confetti. The confetti is small and white and resembles snow. Here in the USA people also throw confetti on New Years. We can turn this into an educational activity while helping to declutter and recycle all at the same time!

Young children love to use scissors. Cutting helps to strengthen the small muscles in fingers that are needed for handwriting. As the New Year approaches, begin to go through your files and throw out paper that you no longer need. Give these papers to your children to cut into strips and then into small pieces of confetti. They can collect the confetti in a basket and save it for midnight on New Years Eve.

To shred large quantities of paper, you might like to purchase a paper shredder. Just empty the paper shredder and give the paper shreds to your children to cut into smaller New Years confetti. Voila, your house is decluttered, you have recycled lots of paper and your children have strengthened their finger muscles which will help them with their penmanship.

After you have thrown the confetti on New Year's Eve, just sweep it up and spread it on your garden or add it to the compost. Paper is biodegradable.

Fellowes Powershred W11C, 11-Sheet Cross-cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder with Safety Lock  (3103201)
Fellowes Powershred W11C, 11-Sheet Cross-cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder with Safety Lock (3103201)

Paper shredder for decluttering your home in preparation for the New Year

 
Fiskars 5 Inch Blunt Tip Kids Scissors Classpack, 12 pack
Fiskars 5 Inch Blunt Tip Kids Scissors Classpack, 12 pack

Scissors for young children to help turn the paper shredder strips into New Years confetti

 

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P. Bear's New Year's Party: A Counting Book - Countdown to New Years Read Aloud

P. Bear counts down the hours until his New Year's Party. Each page shows the hours on a clock while the same number of animals show up to the party. This delightful book will help children to learn to tell time on an analog clock. They can also learn to read the words for the numbers one to twelve as well as learn to count from 1 to 12.

P. Bear's New Year's Party: A Counting Book
P. Bear's New Year's Party: A Counting Book

The illustrations are black and white with a few red accents making this a wonderful book for newborns. Toddlers love to point to the animals. Kindergarteners learn to read analog clocks to the hour. First graders learn to read the words for numbers. Young children love this New Years read aloud as they wait for the New Year to arrive.

 

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    • KayeSI profile image

      KayeSI 4 years ago

      What fun ideas. I will have to give some of these a try.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I'm anxious to try the dancing raisins. Happy new year!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Fun New Years Activities for Children. Our grandson usually stays with us for New Year's Eve but he went Ice Skating with his mom and friends instead so it was a quiet time at our home except for the dog getting upset hearing the fireworks.