Celebrating New Year’s Eve with your little ones doesn’t have to be boring. Your toddler may not be able to stay up till midnight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in your own way. Plan a fun evening and have your toddlers help make crafts and decorations for the big day.
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Make 2017 Signs
Cut out the numbers and have your little one paint or color them. Each child can make their own signs or you can make a longer sign and have each child decorate some of the letters and numbers. After the letters/numbers are decorated, tape them to a ribbon or string and hang! For smaller children you can put painted hand prints on paper and write the year once those hand prints have dried.
Watch an Early Countdown Before Bedtime
There are countless countdowns to the new year in the world. Make a fun day of it and look for 2-3 major cities and ring in the new years with them. For the U.S., New York will celebrate their countdown at 6 p.m. P.S.T. for more time zones and information, click here
Make a list!
Help make a fun list of three things your little ones loved in 2016 and three things they hope 2017 will bring. The answers can be simple and this is a fun tradition that you can start with you family. Each year you can review the previous years answers and chat about you blessings and accomplishments.
Building on the list above, your little ones can include memorable objects and photos for the 2016 capsule. Next year in 2017, your family can open the capsule and review what a wonderful year 2016 has been. Again, this is a really fun tradition your family can start and continue on through the years ~ either always building on the original time capsule or always making a new one for the new year.
Make party hats, noise makers and life-size clocks for the countdown. In the afternoon, your little ones can decorate party hats and noisemakers with glitter, rhinestones, stickers and anything else their hearts’ desire. This night is all about the excitement of ringing in the new year, so make each item fun!
Bake fun treats for the countdown and make a special table spread. Your little ones can help make cookies, cupcakes, and easy finger foods for the big night. If you’re worried about a sugar overload, instead cut up vegetables, make tea sandwiches and serve hummus.
Throw a Party
Get dressed up and have a fun “NYE Party” that ends at 9 p.m. You can put out fun snacks, freshly baked desserts and finger foods for a fun buffet and tablescape. Be creative and hang a fun backdrop for silly photos and fun memories. Don’t forget to bring out party poppers, hats, and noise makers for the countdown!
Happy New Year to You and Your Families!
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