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NEW YEAR’S
 
ART
CONFETTI COLLEGE
Set out various colors of construction paper scraps plus scraps of aluminum foil and foil papers.
Provide your children with paper punchers and let them punch dots out of the paper scraps to make their own confetti.
Next, have them brush glue on pieces of construction paper.
And finally sprinkle the confetti over the glue to create confetti collages.
 
LITTLE HOLIDAY HAT
Provide your children with a paper or plastic-foam cup to be used as a hat base.
Have them turn their cups upside down and decorate them by gluing on such materials as paper scraps, stickers, feathers and ribbons.
Give them cotton balls or poms to glue on top.
Then poke holes on opposite sides of the hats and attach pieces of yarn for tying under the children’s chins.
 
GAMES

 
OLD AND NEW
Talk with your children about how New Year’s is the time to say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one.
Set out a pile of toys, some old, some new.
Have your children sort the toys into two piles, Old and New.
Continue with other piles, such as old and new shoes, or books.
 
CALENDAR FUN
Let your children use unwanted calendars for these activities. 
Sort numerals cut from several calendar pages into matching piles.
Color in the squares on a calendar page to make patterns (one red, one blue, one red, etc.
 
ADDITIONAL NEW YEAR’S GAMES
Can be found at the Game Station, under Winter Games.
 
LANGUAGE
 
NEW YEAR’S WISHES
At Circle Time, have each of your children think of something to wish for in the coming year.
Have each child tell the group what his wish is.
  Make a class list of all of your children’s wishes.
Place your list in an envelope and keep it to read to the children at the end of the year.
Variation:  Have children think of something that they want to learn in the coming year.
 
CALENDAR FUN
Take old calendars and cut off the pictures.
Let your children choose a picture and dictate a story about it to you.
Write the story on the bottom of a large piece of paper and tape the picture on the top of the paper.
Let children take the stories home to “read” to their parents and friends.
 

  MUSIC
 
KITCHEN NOISEMAKERS
Your children will have fun welcoming the New Year with these handy kitchen items.
Toot a tune through an empty paper towel tube.
Thump on a saucepan with a wooden spoon.
Shake a tea ball with a jingle bell inside.
 
MUSIC STATION
Additional directions for making instruments can be found at the Discovery Station.
Additional New Year’s Songs can be found at the Music Station.
 
TOOT YOUR HORN
Tune:  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Toot, toot, toot your horn,
Toot it loud and clear.
Toot it high and toot it low
To welcome the New Year.
                        Elizabeth Scofield

More Verses:  Bang, bang, bang your drum; Ring, ring, ring your bell; Clap, clap, clap your hands; Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet.
 
SNACK TIME
 
NEW YEAR’S PLACEMATS
Give your children large pieces of red construction paper.
Have them decorate the corners of their papers with designs using marking pens, glitter glue pens, or stickers.
Let children eat a New Year’s treat on their placemats.
 
NEW YEAR’S TREATS
Confetti cake – cake with (confetti like) candies on top.
White grape punch – for champagne
Bugles – little corn horn shapes
Party Mix – with cereals, pretzels, candies and nuts.
Confetti Muffins – Baked with small pieces of dried fruits inside.
 
NEW YEAR’S CAKE
Make a New Year’s cake.
Place candles on top to represent the year, such as 7 candles for 2007.
Sing “Happy Birthday” to 2007.