Activities for the New Year

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Changing from the old to the new.

As one year comes to a close and another one begins, we’ve begun to plan some activities to celebrate and learn about 2012.

For my newly-turned 3 year old, we will begin teaching him what New Year’s eve is all about, how we count down and celebrate and how to recognize the numbers: 0, 1 and 2.

For my 5 year old, who has been learning about the calendar for the past few months, we will focus on how twelve months have passed and how we will change the year from 2011 to 2012.

For both my 5 and 7 year olds, we will talk about what it means to make New Year’s resolutions.  For that, I’ve cobbled together a little activity for them to do.  They can color in the numbers “2012” and then set a goal in each of the categories: Learning, Family, Community and Me.

For fun, we can play “New Year’s Eve”, in the week leading up to the holiday itself, set the clock to 12:00 midnight, countdown from 10 to 1, then change the year hanging from the mantle.  We’ll get out our little box of noisemakers and party hats from years past and toast with milk and cookies.  Then, when New Year’s Eve arrives, we will be all ready to ring it in, although we’ll do an early “kid version” at around 8:00 p.m.

New Year’s Resolution Worksheet Printables:
New Year’s Resolutions
Numbers for the top of the worksheet (choose “small templates”)
Large number templates to hang up can be found here.  We painted ours with gold paint and glitter, cut them out and glued them to cardstock.

Wishing you and your family peace and joy in the coming year from the Creekside Learning family.

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