Ways to Welcome the New Year - Crafts for KidsMost cultures around the world have some ways to welcome the New Year. Many traditions involve some kind of “purging” of the old year and looking forward to the new one. Whether our year was a good one or not, we like to celebrate the start of a new year. If we had a good year, we want to welcome the New Year with the hope that our good fortune continues.  If we had a bad year, we want to welcome the new year with the hope that it will bring better fortune. Your child can use these creative crafts to welcome in the new year.

Crafts the Kids Can Make to Welcome in the New Year

Noisemakers

What better way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new one than by making lots of noise?  Making noise is one of the best ways to welcome the new year! When my brothers and I were little, our mother always had some noisemakers for us. She’d let us stay up till midnight and then when the clock struck twelve, she’d open the front door and we’d make all the noise we could. Then we’d go sleepily off to bed. Even if you don’t want your child to stay up till midnight, you can still let them make a little noise. And if you let them create their own noisemakers, you’ll also be nurturing their creativity!

Spin Drum

This craft is cute, easy, and best of all (for the grownups) doesn’t make an ear-splitting noise. The basic plan is simple and uses readily available items, like an oatmeal canister, a dowel rod, string, and a couple of wooden beads. After that, the kids can use paints, glitter, ribbons, and whatever else they’d like to decorate the drum. These instructions use a papier mache box, but you can use many other items, such as a small margarine container, an oatmeal box (with two lids), or an empty roll of masking tape. The principle is the same: you need something round, with the two open ends closed, a stick, glue, some string, and some beads. And of course, some colored paper, fancy tape, ribbons, glitter, and anything else the kids would like to use to decorate the drum. They can even write the numbers for the new year on the drum.

Shakers

This is another easy to make noisemaker. All you need are some plastic cups, some tape, and dried beans or other small, hard items. These directions are for plastic cups, but the kids can use pretty much anything, including empty spools of ribbon, toilet paper or paper towel rolls, and even small margerine containers. You just have to place the beans or other small hard items, in the inside, and then make sure they are enclosed with a lid or tape. Once the kids have the containers filled with a few beans, and any openings closed up, they can decorate the noisemaker any way they like. They can use paint, glitter, or even draw on paper and then glue that to the noise maker. Here are some directions for noisemakers made from toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls.

Paper Plate Noise Maker

This noisemaker is fun and great for the kids to make and decorate. It’s also nice for the little kids since it has a “handle” make from a craft stick (like a popsicle stick). All you need, in addition to the craft stick, are some paper plates, some dried beans, tape, and then whatever your child would like to use to decorate the plates. You can use either small or large paper plates for this craft.

Celebration Hats

What’s more fun than “ringing” in the New Year by making some noise?  Ringing it in while wearing a festive hat!  My mother used to buy our hats, but you can let your kids make them (with a little help from you if needed).

New Year’s Party Hat

This hat welcomes in a specific new year. It has a simple band and the numbers for the year that is coming in. For example, on New Year’s even in 2017, we’ll be welcoming in 2018. So the band will have the numbers 2018. The kids can decorate it any way they like. While they can’t use it ever year, it makes a wonderful memento to keep. The kids will no doubt enjoy looking at their creative artwork years later. You can find free number templates to use at dltk-teach.com.

New Year’s Hat Templates

This site has some downloadable templates for party hats. They are cone-shaped hats with pictures and designs on them that the kids can color and decorate to their hearts’ delight. They can decorate with crayons, paint, markers, glitter, ribbon, pompoms – whatever they like! You’ll just need glue to put them together and some elastic or ribbons to keep them on heads.

Cone Hat

This hat is a standard cone-shaped party hat. All you need is stiff paper, like card stock or poster board, and some elastic for the strap. Other than that, you just need whatever your child would like to use to decorate it. Your child can use paints, markers, or crayons, and can glue on feathers, glitter, or anything else they might feel will create a festive hat. Your child can add a pom-pom to the top or ribbon streamers. She can add pom-poms around the bottom or a ribbon and they can also add streamers on the sides and the back.  All your child needs is some creativity!

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Most cultures around the world have some ways to welcome the New Year. Many traditions involve some kind of 'purging' of the old year and looking forward to the new one. Whether our year was a good one or not, we like to celebrate the start of a new...