New Year's Eve: 5 Crafts To Get
The Kids Excited For A Fresh Start
Just when you think the craziness of the holidays is over, here comes New Year's Eve. In the midst of the post-holiday fatigue, it's difficult to feel inspired with active minds and little hands to keep busy. Don't stress--here are 5 crafts to get the kids excited for a fresh start.
Have your children reminisce about all of the wonderful and positive things that happened over the course of the year with a memory garland. They can draw and color symbols to represent their favorite moments. Cut out the symbols and poke a small hole at the top and bottom of each. Loop pieces of string or yarn through the holes and tie off. Feel free to add beads or other embellishments between the memories. Top it all off by writing or drawing the year in review and admire the unique memories made.
Strike a Pose
Need a dose of nostalgia with a hint of silliness? Have your kiddos help you decorate props for a DIY photo booth. Just trace your design for funky glasses, whimsical mustaches or funny hats on a piece of cardstock, cut it out, decorate and attach a dowel with glue or tape. If you feel extra crafty, mount the drawing on a sheet of foam core with spray adhesive and cut out the shape with a blade. You can also use leftover materials to create a festive bowtie for your furry family members. Loop it through or attach to their collars.
If you plan on hosting an event or are in need of a gift for a holiday bash, try a wishing tree. Much like building diaper cakes, this project can be used for any occasion. Rather than constructing the "cake" with rolled up diapers, you can build it into a tree, with multiple layers made of washcloths or patterned fabric napkins. Decorations can include noise makers, party blowers or confetti--but the most important "ingredient" would be the wishes. Using cardstock, cut out shapes like stars, hearts or squares and have guests write down their names on one side, and a goal or dream for the future on the other. Sprinkle it on any layer of the cake, and ring in the New Year with all members of the family.
Recreating A Classic
Ring in the New Year with another party staple, the noise maker, made from materials that already exist in your home. Have the little ones come up with a color creation on the back of two paper plates with crayons, markers, colored pencils or paint. Glue a large popsicle stick to the front of one plate. If you wish to add more embellishments, attach strips of curled ribbon around the outer edge of a plate with staples. To assemble, take a plate place it on top of the other, with the plate designs facing the outside. Before you staple it shut, take a handful of dried pasta and place it in the center of the bottom plate. Staple all the way around, making sure pieces of dried pasta won't fall out. Your little artists can cover the staples with more ribbon or sequins.
Edible Party Favor
This kid-friendly activity puts an unconventional twist on a classic party staple. Simply dip an ice cream sugar cone into melted chocolate chips and dress up with sprinkles, icing or other edible adornments. Allow the decorated cone's chocolate to harden. Once the kids bite off the ends, the edible party horns are ready! The kids can make their own unique sound and enjoy a delicious treat, too!
Celebrating the arrival of a new year should be gleeful, not gloomy. From a new centerpiece to feature at your next gathering, to games and activities for the whole family, The Lakeside Collection has a wide variety of products to make any occasion special.