Are you and your family looking for some creative ways to close out 2020 and ring in the new year? We’ve gathered some of our favorite hands-on activities that are as fun as they are festive, so make sure to check them out below!
1. Fireworks In A Jar
With just a few simple materials, you can have your very own fireworks spectacular this New Years! First, you’ll want to fill up a mason jar ¾ full with warm water. In a separate bowl, mix 3-4 tlbs. of oil with a few drops of food coloring. After you stir them together, take the mixture and pour into the mason jar. Watch as the food coloring sinks out of the oil and dissipates into the water, creating a colorful, firework frenzy!
2. Make Your Own Countdown Chain
Starting off with cardstock (or something similar), cut it into pieces of the same size (1 inch strips would work great here!). On each strip, write a number (pertaining to the hour), as well as an activity to do at that time. For example, these could be “Play Charades”, or “Make A New Years Resolution.” Using tape to connect the rings, tear each one off as the clock strikes another hour closer to midnight and you complete each activity to pass the night away!
3. Wishing Wall
Create your very own wishing wall, just like the one in Times Square! Each member of the family can take turns writing and/or drawing their wishes for the new year on Post-It Notes. (Little ones may need additional help!). After all of the wishes have been written, you can place them on your wishing wall, wherever you’d like that to be in your home. This is the perfect visual, uplifting reminder of all of the good things to come in 2021.
4. Party Noise Makers
With just a straw and some scissors, your little one can take part in the celebratory fun! First, you need to cut through half of the straw in a spiral. Next, flatten the untouched end of the straw with your finger. Taking the scissors, cut the straw to remove the two slanted ends and you will have your very own noise maker! It may take a couple of tries to get this exactly how you want it, but feel free to be creative and see what method works best for you!