While most children will not make it until the ball drops at midnight on New Year’s Eve, that certainly doesn’t mean that they have to miss out on all of the fun! Children love an excuse to party, so why not have a kid friendly party this New Year’s Eve. You can party with just your family or take the “more the merrier” mentality and have some friends over, but either way it will be a memorable evening for all.
Ring in 2015 with a Kid-Friendly Party!
With every party, there needs to be good food, some decorations and of course, some activities. Get your children involved in the party planning, they will love it AND it takes some of the work off of your plate at the same time.
Consider having a make your own pizza night OR perhaps get adventuours and try out a fondue dinner(recommended for older children). Have your children brainstorm a list of ingredients they would like for their pizza, purchase some pitas, english muffins or even small tortillas, place ingredients in small bowls and let your children create their Mozza-masterpieces!
Your children will enjoy making their own decorations for your celebration. Consider providing them with some craft materials and let them get creative. You could also help them make some Firework Decorations to put up on the wall!
TIP: Use paint safe masking tape to hold up temporary decorations on the walls.
What is a party without some fun and games? There are many easy to plan activities including:
- a dance party
- a scavenger hunt
- a movie night
- a pj party
- board games
- create a 365 Day Happy Box (see below for details)
365 Day Happy Box:
This box is a way for you to keep and treasure all of the positive things that happen to you during the next year. Every day, write down something positive about your day and put it in the box. You can write down something good that happened to you, an achievement that you are proud of or something fun and positive that you experienced. At the end of the year, you will have a collection of 365 positive thoughts to help boost your self esteem, to give you hope and to enjoy the memories of the past year.
The first part to creating a 365 Day Happy Box is a crafty activity (that can be done on New Year’s Eve) and the second part lasts the whole year long!
This is an activity to help raise self esteem, to help children stay positive and it turns into a positive activity to look forward to at the end of the year.
- Find an unused shoe box OR purchase an inexpensive cardboard photo sharing box at your local dollar store.
- Decorate the box with positive sayings, words, stickers and other various cheerful decorations.
- Have an adult cut a slot into the top of the box with a sharp tool.
- Cut small pieces of paper that have enough room to write 1-2 sentences on them. These papers can be cut with fancy scissors or can be fancy pieces of scrapbook type paper.
- Every day for the next year, write down something positive on a piece of paper and place the paper in the box.
- At the end of the year, go through the box and read through your positive memories.
Amanda Gobatto is a wife, mom, baker, photographer, crafter, singer and blogger.
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