Whether you can’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you don’t feel like fighting holiday traffic, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration. and celebrate it a little earlier in the day.
From holiday crafts to holiday baking, we’ve rounded up some ideas to guarantee a good time. can be made into
Countdown until the clock strikes 12 (pm) with these 10 noon New Year’s Eve party ideas
1. Have a fun countdown
There are so many fun ways to help kids mark the time until the New Year arrives. Choose a time to start (and end) and count down the hours by opening bags and packages and popping balloons. To do. Mark the time on each bag and include a fun activity for each hour. Here are some ideas for what to pack in your bag.
2. Create a DIY noise maker
Create a ‘midnight’ DIY noise maker from objects around the house. Decorate an empty canister with a lid, such as a butter container, coffee can, or Pringles can, and add dried beans or rice to make a shaker. Or, thread a large jingle bell through a pipe cleaner, then twist the two ends of the pipe cleaner into a jingle his bracelet. Invite children to help with fun sensory activities.
3. Entertain with sparkling science
Younger children will love watching the bubbles grow when vinegar is added to the baking soda. To do this, mix baking soda and glitter or confetti in a shallow bowl (be sure to use plastic confetti, not paper). and create sparkling bubbles. If you don’t have a dropper, you can use a cup to pour a little vinegar into the baking soda.
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4. Make a Milk & Cookies Cocktail
Every party needs a snack. Coat the rim of a small glass or wine glass with colorful sprinkles to serve milk or cookies in style. Spread a thin layer of honey or corn syrup on a plate and sprinkle on another plate. Simply dip the rim of the glass in honey or corn syrup and sprinkle with sprinkles.
Pro Tip: To keep the sprinkles from sliding off the glass, place the glass upside down in the sprinkles for a few minutes. Refrigerate the glass or serve immediately with cookies.
5. Bake the clock
If your kids love baking, a fun and delicious activity is making a countdown clock. To do this, bake cookies or cupcakes and arrange them in a circle on a circular serving platter or pizza pan. Tick the time.
You can also keep the clock theme by hiding block numbers (1-12) around the house for kids to find. It’s like the New Year’s Eve version of Elf on the Shelf.
6. Let’s play with balloons
It’s not a party without balloons, is it? These confetti-filled balloons will brighten up your space and can be popped for a confetti shower in the middle of the night!
If you really want to wow the kids, stage your own balloon drop! Make a plastic party tablecloth filled with balloons and tape it to the ceiling or buy this kit.
7. Serve Christmas crackers
Christmas crackers may be a Christmas dinner staple, but New Year’s Eve is just as fun. These brightly wrapped cylinders pull apart and the crackers pop open. Be sure to check the prizes before purchasing to get items for kids (most cracker boxes have instructions on the back of the box).
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8. Set up a photo booth
Why not set up a photo booth just for you and your kids? No fancy setup required, just stick a sheet or plastic tablecloth to the wall to use as a backdrop. Collect fun props from around the house, like hats and sunglasses, or purchase a set of New Year’s Eve photo booth props.
9. Build a family time capsule
Creating a time capsule as part of your New Year’s Eve activity is a great way to look back on the past year. This can be as simple or as sophisticated as you want. Grab a shoebox or a large manila envelope to collect time capsule items. Need ideas on what to include? Try child handprints, family photos, interviews, and more.
Asking children questions about their current likes and dislikes, life goals, etc. will make the moment fun and help you reflect on the next year. Once complete, tuck away the Time Her Capsule and open next year! You can also purchase a time capsule kit to save time.
10. Read a picture book on New Year’s Eve
Nights can be long, but a quiet break is good for everyone. Try these holiday-themed books to balance your activities.
A version of this post was published on December 20, 2019. Updated.