4 Simple Activities for Celebrating the New Year with Your Family
Posted on January 20, 2014
By Amanda Morgan – Not Just Cute
Did you find yourself running out things to do with your family on New Year’s Eve? Plan ahead for next year by learning from this year. Here are some simple activities that you can store away for 2015!
1. Quiz Show: The Year in Review!
Create a quiz show board (there are computer programs for doing this, but you could simply use index cards or Post-it notes on a a poster board or blank wall). Pool together questions about the year, including both world events and family events. When we did this as a family we had questions about who had pitched the winning game of the World Series right along with how many trips to urgent care our son had made (that year it was 3!). It’s especially fun for extended family groups to get to know what went on in each family.
2. Resolution Match!
Have each person at your party write down a few of their New Year’s Resolutions on separate cards. Have a moderator read the resolutions one at a time while the players try to guess who wrote each one. You might be surprised to find out what some people have added to their goals this year!
3. 7-11 Swap!
This is a favorite game with the cousins when our family gets together, and we have my husband’s brother to thank! Gather several inexpensive items (the dollar store is great for this: gum, glow sticks, markers, notepads, chapstick, etc., OR have everyone bring a few “white elephant” items) and put the loot in the center of a circle formed by the guests. Get a cup or small bowl with two dice in it to pass around the circle. (When we have a really big group we often start 2-4 separate sets of dice to keep things moving!) As each person gets the dice they take a turn giving them a toss. If a seven or an eleven is rolled, the player gets to grab a treat from the center of the circle. (Depending on the ages and temperaments of the players, we sometimes allow the players to steal a prize someone has already selected as well.) If someone rolls doubles (the same number on each die) they get an extra roll. It’s a simple game, but the kids look forward to it every year. Add in your own twists (steals, passing their loot one direction if someone rolls a certain number, etc.) to make it as raucous or calm as you need it to be!
Record everyone’s thoughts about the passing year and start a tradition of reviewing them each new year. You can do video interviews and watch them all at the end of your party, or check out these printables from Teach Mama, Naturally Educational, or A Day in My Life for your family to fill out. Post them for the night and then save them to review at next year’s party!
Whatever activity you choose for your celebration, if you’re surrounded by friends and family, you can count it as a good year!
Amanda Morgan is a full time mom to three busy boys and a part-time trainer and consultant for a non-profit children’s organization. She also writes at Not Just Cute, a blog focused on intentional whole child development. It’s full of ideas that are more than just cute, for preschoolers who are much more than cute too.