Before kids New Year’s Eve for us usually involved parties, dancing, and a lot of raucous. These days, it is more like planning an altered nap schedule so we aren’t dealing with late night breakdowns, and debating the merit of letting the kids stay up until midnight.
Truthfully, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love my family, and I can’t think of a better way to ring in a new year than with them by my side. But that doesn’t make it easy. Most younger kids aren’t even sure why you are celebrating, as some can’t quite grasp the concept of a year. So how do you include them in the fun? I have put together this list of kid friendly ideas and fun ways to ring in the New Year, family style!
Make a Time Capusule, or use one of the 19 other ideas from Growing A Jeweled Rose.
Make Countdown Goody Bags. How much fun are these great countdown ideas for kids from Inner Child Fun?
Make Party Desserts. Need a list of great kid friendly desserts? We love this one from Hoosier Homemade.
Make Your Own Party Hats! Crafts are always fun, and making photo booth props and party hats is a blast. Check out these ten fun ideas we found on Babble.
Create a Favorite Memories Jar. I love the idea of reminding kids to think about the good from the past year. Look at these and other ideas from Mommy and Four Peas in a Pod.
Party with Glow Sticks. Or use any of the other fun ideas from The Dating Divas.
What do you do to celebrate the close of one year and the start of another as a family? Tell us on Facebook or in the comments section below. Feel free to link to your favorite ideas, or tag us on Pinterest. With four crazy munchkins, I could use all the ideas I can get.