Celebrating New Year’s Eve with kids is certainly a change. But if you’re like me, a person who never put too much emphasis on the holiday itself, maybe you’re lacking ideas for making it ‘special’ for your kiddos. In truth, my desire to celebrate New Year’s Eve now that I have a little one comes more from extending the holiday season than it does from the idea of ringing in a new year, but I digress.
This year my child (newly 5) has more of an understanding of the day than ever before, so we decided to get crafty in preparation for the big night. Below are some of the ways we’ve to celebrate ringing in 2019!
New Year’s Eve Confetti Poppers!
These are, by far, the biggest hit and they’re super simple! All you’ll need is cardboard tube (paper towel roll cut in half works fine!), a balloon, Washi tape and stickers (or decorating material of your choice) and confetti!
Assembly is pretty simple! Let your kiddos decorate the cardboard tube as they wish! Once their vision is complete, you’ll add the balloon.
Tie a knot in the end of the balloon as if you’ve filled it with air. Next, cut the tip of the balloon off. Attach the balloon to the end of the cardboard roll with tape and fill with confetti to pop!
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I know, I know… slime is messy, but it doesn’t have to be! We have made slime so (SO) many times in our family and at Creative and Curious that I really feel confident we’ve got our slime recipe down to a mess-free(ish) science.
My favorite slime recipe is simple: one part glue (clear, glitter, glow in the dark, etc.) and one part liquid starch (Sta-Flo has worked fine). If we stick to a 1:1 ration, rarely do we need to adjust, but I believe key is in the mixing.
For this recipe, we poured a full (5oz) bottle of clear glue into a container and add pizazz (aka glitter, confetti, sparkles, etc.). Next, we added an equal amount of the liquid starch. Pro Tip: To ensure a 1:1 ration, we simply reused the glue bottle. Using a funnel, we filled the 5oz bottle with our liquid starch to add to the mixture. Next, mix with a popsicle stick.At some point though, you’ve got to get your hands in it. Pour the mixture onto an art tray (or plastic plate) to knead with your hands. From our experience, mixing and playing with slime is the BEST way to get it to the right consistency.
If it feels too watery, I’ll throw a coffee filter underneath the surface to speed up the process and pick up extra liquid. Alternatively, you could add more glue in small increments if it’s watery as well. But if you child likes sensory play, I feel confident they’ll be okay taking matter (slime) into their own hands.
Lastly, we made wish wands. We read the story The Night Before New Year’s and talked about our hopes for the new year. It wasn’t in the form of resolutions, but more like wishes for ourselves and our loved ones.
To make our wish wands, we cut clear contact paper into a star shape. The kids sprinkled glitter and arranged stars, confetti and other items onto the sticky side of the paper. We then covered it with another piece and trimmed that down to star size!
Older children can write their wishes on the border of the wand and you can get creative – adding ribbons, bells, beads, etc.
We added a paper straw as a handle and our Wish Wands were complete!
What are some of your favorite New Year’s traditions?