Countdown on New Year’s Eve

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Create tons of anticipation and excitement for the kids as you countdown to the New Year on New Year’s Eve. Each hour have each child pop a balloon and complete the activity written on a piece of paper inside the balloon.

I use the same color balloon for each child to make it easier for them to find their age appropriate activities in the balloons with the activities tailored just for them. For example, this year I am using pink balloons for the girl, white for the eldest boy, blue for the youngest son, and purple balloons for their visiting friend. Be very careful using balloons with young children as they can be a choking hazard.

You Will Need:

Balloons (at least 12 per child)
12 Strips of Paper or 12 Activity Cards
Sharpie Marker or Paint Pen
Painter’s Tape (optional)

What to Do:

1. Write down activities for kids to do on strips of paper or print these activity cards.

2. Write easy and fun activities for the kids to do each hour as they countdown to New Years Eve. (See ideas below)

3. Roll up the strip of paper or activity card and place it in the balloon.

4. Blow up the balloon and tie the end.
Write a different hourly time on each balloon.

5. Put the balloons for each separate child in their bedrooms on the floor and have them search for the correct balloon each hour. Or carefully tape them to the wall or a door with painters tape (so not to damage the wall) in hourly order.

Some Activity Card Ideas:

1. Hug everyone in your family
2. Tell Mom to kiss Dad
3. Share a cookie with your brother
4. Tell everyone in your family why you love them
5. Do a magic trick for your family members
6. Sing a song
7. Play a Christmas song on piano
8. Tell the oldest person in the room a joke
9. Give Dad a beer
10. Call Grandma and wish her Happy New Years!
11. Turn on the music and dance
12. Have everyone in your family share their favorite memory from 2018


Activity Cards

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