With New Year’s Eve around the corner, many of us are trying to decide how to ring in the New Year with our little ones. Below are a few family-friendly ideas. We’d love to hear your ideas, too!
1. Create a Year End Family Slide Show
One great way to put a cap on the year is to throw your favorite digital photos from 2011 onto a DVD, incorporate a little music that defines your family, and voila! You have some made-with-love family entertainment. The kids will enjoy reviewing all of the fun things they did throughout the year – family vacations, trips, birthdays, and anniversary celebrations. And, you and your kids will have a fantastic momento/yearbook to enjoy for years to come!
2. Create a 2011 Family Scrap Book
Along the same lines of #1, you could pull your favorite photos, ticket stubs and other momentos together into an annual family scrap book. You could gather a bunch of old magazines and let your kids pick and cut out photos of their favorite things – food, activities, movies, etc., for 2011. How cool will it be to be able to look through a few years’ worth of scrap books and see how your family’s experiences, preferences and favorite things change over time?!
3. Have a Family Game Night
What better night than to whip up some yummy homemade treats and celebrate over Chutes and Ladders or family Wii night? Even better, invite some friends over and make it a multi-family game night.
4. Watch Movies, Eat Popcorn and Catch the Late Night Count-down
If you’re looking for a more low-key NYE, pick a movie that your kids will love, make some popcorn and snuggle in under one big family-size blanket! And as the clock approaches midnight, pause the DVD and watch the final countdown on TV!
5. Make Some Noise!
What kids don’t like to make noise? At midnight (or if you have younger kids, you could stage a midnight earlier in the evening) and let your kids make as much noise as they want – they can bang pots and pans together, turn up their favorite music, or, if they are younger, use whatever children’s instruments you can find (shakers/old baby rattles, harmonicas, etc.). Old water bottles filled with small rocks or popcorn will work, too). They will love doing what we beg them not to do the other 364 days of the year.
6. Create a List of Family Resolutions
Ending one year and beginning another is a great time to teach kids about making changes, for the better, in our lives. Whatever resolutions you and your kids choose, you could always write them down on pretty paper, glue a magnet on the back and place them – front and center – on the refrigerator in the kitchen.
-What are your New Year’s Eve plans this year?
-Do you have any New Year’s traditions that you like to do with your kids?