Pillow Forts and Confetti: Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve with Kids

Make a Time Capsule

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7. Make a Time Capsule

A time capsule is a unique way for kids to preserve the past year and make something fun for their future selves to enjoy. They can compile artwork, school papers, photographs, small toys and various other memorabilia that represented their life in 2016.

Have them place it in a shoe box or other container and mark it with “Do not open until December 31, 2017!” They’ll love the concept of burying their personal treasure (even if it’s just in a storage closet and not in the backyard) and will look forward to digging it up again in a year’s time.

Play Games for Prizes

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8. Play Games for Prizes

In many countries around the world, it’s tradition to play games on New Year’s Eve with family and friends. Bingo is a typical New Year’s game or the Italian version called Tombola.

When a round or game is won, prizes are given out to the winners. Small toys, candy and sometimes money are all typical tombola prizes.

Think of things you would find at the dollar store. If Bingo isn’t your thing, this can of course apply to any type of game you wish. Board games, card games and charades all work too.

Make Vision Boards

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9. Make Vision Boards

Besides looking back on the year that’s behind you, it’s always nice to look ahead at what’s to come as well. Celebrate the new year with your kids by making vision boards.

Have them express their hopes and dreams for the future in collage format, cutting out pictures from magazines or printing them out from the internet. They can write inspirational phrases and their 2017 wishes along the edges and decorate their board with festive glitter and confetti.

Then have them place the boards where they’ll see them everyday so they can serve as a reminder of their initial intentions for the year.


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