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[heading style=”2″]New Year •Winter • Snowmen • Penguins • Chinese New Year[/heading]

As adults we revel in the upcoming new year, we throw parties, put together time capsules, and kiss those we love at the stroke of midnight. The concept of time can be difficult for young children to understand. The time measured by passing years is too abstract for most preschoolers. While they may not really “get it ” they do understand that it’s a time to celebrate! New Year’s Eve can be fun for preschoolers if the don’t really have to stay awake until midnight!  Here you’ll find tons of ideas to make ringing in the  New Year fun for everyone.

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                                            A Ball Drop Of Your Own!                                                                                                            Drop The Ball For 2014                                                                                      We just happened to have a sparkly ornament, but you can make one with an old ornament, a bit of glue, and glitter. Everyone counts down…5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tiny Bubbles – A Bit Of Bubbly For The New Year

New Year’s Eve can be fun for preschoolers if the don’t really have to stay awake until midnight! You can do a cool “bubbly” science experiment with baking soda and vinegar colored with food color. Sprinkle about one inch of baking soda into your container have your preschooler(s) use eye droppers to get the vinegar into the container. The bubbles will ensue. You can’t drink it but do the experiment in fancy champagne glass for added pop! 😉  For the younger set, do the experiment in a low clear baking dish or tray.  Mari Hernandez-Tuten publisher of the great blog Inspired by Familia has taken this idea to the next level. See her celebration here.

Noisemakers & Shakers

Penguins

Penguin FeetTicklish feet will be a challenge but these penguins are worth it! It’s freehand work, no patterns. Just keep in mind the “widow’s peak” at the top of the heel is the top of the penguin’s head. Add fingertip wings and face.

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Fluffy glitter snowman middle

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Millions of hole punched holes!

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The kids thoroughly enjoyed making this snow man.

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