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New Year’s Eve Countdown for Kids

by Guest Contributor | Jennifer Wyeth
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I did this last year and my kids had SOOO much fun!
Here's how it works:
We start at noon.  I write it all out with times so I stay on top of things and they're in bed at a normal time.  Enjoy!
I put little pieces of paper with the name of each activity inside a balloon.  Then I numbered the balloons and hung them up.  I've seen them strung on strings across a room.  I just taped them to the wall in order.  When planning, you have to be conscious of the time that you do certain activities.  If it needs to be dark or if it's a dessert or sorts I make sure I do those at times that works with my kids.
Here's what I did last year via Instagram photos & text: 
Celebrating New Year's Eve. Each balloon (by the family pic) has a fun activity to do together:
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First balloon: paint the snow (which turned into just playing in the snow):
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Balloon Activity #2: tim tam slams. Getting all warmed up after playing in the snow:
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Balloon #3: make cookies. I convinced them to do no bakes (thank goodness!):
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Balloon #4: silly snapshots:
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Balloon #5: a year in review and goals for 2013:
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Balloon #6: games! We did the balloons tied around our angles and tried to pop each others. My youngest did NOT like the idea of people popping her balloon.
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Balloon #7: root beer floats! My kids aren't fans of root beer so we did orange soda... Turns out they don't like those either. #fail:
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Balloon #8: Star Wars limbo (using light sabers). Spoiler: we aren't a very flexible crowd:
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Balloon #9: popcorn and a movie:
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Balloon #10: ring in the new year!!! We watched a countdown on the iPad and made lots of noise and then toasted to a great 2013!
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Deflated:
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Here's the balloon activities I am doing with the kids this year:
  • Fun rice Krispie Treats (putting sprinkles in them or make them out of fruity pebbles)
  • Blind mans bluff (played in the dark where you try to find other people also in the dark.  I may get glow in the dark necklaces and do hide and go seek in the dark instead… depends on how wimpy my kids are :))
  • Orange soda floats (or root beer)
  • Guess the food.  I'll blindfold them and have them guess everything from a hershey kiss to oranges
  • New Years shakers: http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2013/12/paper-plate-shakers-for-new-years-eve/
  • Silly Snapshots with these New Year's Photo Props.  I just use my phone to take the pics.
  • Year in review.  We will go over our goals and review last year and then do these papers: http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2013/12/new_years_resolutions_for_kids_2014/
  • Chocolate fondue.  You can look on pinterest for a crockpot recipe or a stovetop recipe if you don't have a fondue maker.
  • Party Crackers.  It's an old english tradition…. you pull the ends and there's a little prize inside.
  • Hot Chocolate with yummy toppings
  • Ring in the new year.  I have annoying things and hats and stuff for the kids, we find a countdown on YouTube and ring in the new year with those people.

What You'll Need:

Free Printable Photo Props from I Heart Naps:

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DIY New Year's Shakers from TheCentsibleLife:

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Printable New Year's Resolutions for Kids from Thirty Handmade Days:

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DIY Party Crackers filled with candy instructions from Free Happy Holidays:

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BioPic  Jennifer Wyeth is a Mama of 3 and a Senior photographer in Colorado Springs.

She was also featured as Chic Critique's recent Monthly Mentor.

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