Let’s all say good-bye to the past year with these New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids. Ring in the New Year with memorable New Year’s Eve recipes, crafts, activities, games, printables & more.
New Years Eve Ideas for Kids
Anyone else ready to jump into the new year…. see you later, 2020! Bring on 2021. Let’s home for something different. Whether you are celebrating 2021, 2022 (or whatever year we might now be in), we have some of the best New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids. These can be for toddlers who are in bed with the sun or for older kids who will welcome in the new year at midnight. And let’s be honest, these fun activities and ideas are for adults too. Create family traditions with these New Year’s Eve ideas for kids (and adults too)!
Happy New Year!
Tips for Young Kids: Toddlers and young children do not have to stay up until midnight. You can still reenact a countdown just in a shorter period of time. For example, make the hour change every 10 mintues or 30 minutes based on when you start and want to end. Obviously, they have no idea of the real time. It can still be a memorable day and family tradition with earlier hours.
New Year Celebrations have to include a memorable game. We created this New Year’s Eve Charades Game. We included 18 charades cards as well as 9 fill in the blank cards. You can print the blank cards as much as you want created as large of a game as you need or want. In your blank cards add either family memories (if playing with your immediate family) or add trending year events (if playing with a larger group of friends.)
How to Play Charades
Charades can be played with any type of word or phrase. There are two sets of rules for charades games. You can play based on points or based on time.
Charades based on points
Split into two teams. On each teams turn, one person acts out a topic for their teammates to guess. They cannot use any words. Use a clock to track the time, giving each person two to three minutes for their turn. If the team guesses the charade in a set amount of time, give the team one point. If they do not guess correctly, they get zero points added to their score. At the end of all the rounds, the team with the most points wins.
Charades based on time
Split into two teams. On each teams turn, one person acts out a topic for their teammates to guess. They cannot use any words. Use a clock to track the time, giving each person two to three minutes for their turn. If the team guesses the charade in a set amount of time, at that time is added to their score. If they do not guess correctly, the full time is added to their score. At the end of all the rounds, the team with the shortest time wins.
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New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Well this show’s a bit of the website’s age, make this New Year’s Eve Recipe, chocolate dipped marshmallows. Just add the year.
You have to have a New Year’s Eve kiss at midnight. Download these New Year’s Eve Kisses Stickers. Just add these free printable stickers to the bottom of Hershey’s Kisses chocolates.
This might be my favorite New Year’s activity idea. Make a New Year’s Eve Balloon Clock. As each hour passes, they can pop a balloon. One idea is to have activities for kids in the balloon. Each hour gives a new idea to pass the time. Ideas can be baking, making crafts, watching a movie, reading, etc.| The Suburban Mom
Some pipe cleaners and a paper plate make this adorable Count Down Clock Craft for the New Year. Attention teachers, this makes a great New Year’s Eve Preschool Craft for teaching time. | Buggy and Buddy
As seen in our Year-round Scavenger Hunt for Kids, print this fun New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt for Kids. Perhaps your scavenger hunt leads back to a present for a New Year’s resolution – like a jump rope or step tracker for someone increasing their fitness.| Feels Like Home
Loving the idea of this get to know you New Year’s Eve Party Game Printable. This party game printable would be an excellent way to engage your child. It could make great dinner conversation. |Alice and Lois
New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags. These are great New Years Eve activities for toddlers as they mimic a count down but can be done in a speedy pace before bedtime. Add a fun activity in each bag. | Toddler Approved
Make this DIY Balloon Ball Drop using Dollar Store supplies. Count me in on this low-cost New Years Eve idea! The kids will love it. | Miss Maes Days
Spend December 31 baking. Of course these New Year’s Eve Countdown Cookies have to be eaten before the clock strikes midnight. If one person is taking the challenge, make them mini! | Phillips Family
Alternatively, for another New Year’s Eve recipe you could have New Year Countdown Cupcakes too (or both.) | Somewhat Simple
Grab some rock candy sticks and gummy bears and let the kids sip and enjoy these Candy Mocktails for Kids (and adults). Don’t forget to raise a toast before your first sip (or it’s bad luck!) | Modern Parents Messy Kids
If you can’t be in New York City with the real crystal ball drop, make your own! This New Year’s Eve Ball Craft is just like the glittery ball in Times Square! I bet you could get all your supplies from the Dollar Tree. One creative punny idea is instead of decorating a Styrofoam ball, decorate an apple for the Big Apple. | Mom Unleashed
Of course, you need to ring in the new year with confetti. These DIY New Year’s Eve Confetti Poppers provide a craft for the day and entertainment for the night. | Little Bins for Little Hands
When the final hour strikes, make sure to shake your New Years Eve Noisemaker Craft for kids. Using bells and a Popsicle stick, this is a cute craft to make during New Years Eve. | Life Over CS
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