Are you looking for fun New Year’s Eve Countdown Activities to do with toddlers at home? This New Year’s we were looking for something fun and different to do being stuck at home. Since the minis stick to a pretty solid bedtime we didn’t want them staying up until midnight (nor did we think we were able to stay up that late).
We started our party in the late morning with all our favorite snacks and special “bubble juice (sparkling grape juice).” Then my mini and I started crafting. We created the following “New Year’s” headbands and confetti ball drop together. Then when it was close to Noon on the 31st we put on our hats and got ready for the countdown. We put the PBS kids New Year’s Countdown on youtube. We counted down and let our confetti ball drop open over the balcony. The littles shouted “Happy New Year!” and danced around in the confetti.
While it didn’t last long it was a loved activity and we proceeded to have to pick up and repeat the drop over and over. It’s a super simple activity and uses items from around the house. Scroll down for more directions on how to create a New Year’s Confetti Ball Drop and New Year’s Eve hats.
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
- Garbage bag with drawstrings
- Construction paper in all different colors
- Different Colored Tissue Paper
- Small Balloons (works best) OR ball pit balls
This is a great activity for working on toddler fine motor and ripping skills. Give your child construction paper in all different colors and show them how to rip up the large sheets into smaller pieces. Repeat this with as many colors and pieces of construction paper as desired (I used 8 pieces). The more pieces you use the bigger the confetti drop (and the bigger the clean-up). Repeat ripping with the tissue paper as well.
Stuff the paper and tissue paper into the garbage bag. Blow up smaller balloons and add these to the bag as well (or add the ball pit balls if using these instead). Pull the draw strings loosely shut but do not tie the drawstrings on the garbage bag.
When ready for the countdown stand over a balcony or hold the bag above the littles. Begin counting backwards and when you reach the end of the countdown shout “Happy New Year’s!” and shake the bag so that the drawstrings open and all of the confetti and balls drop down.
New Year’s Eve Hat
- Hat Template (attached to the document)
- 1 Piece of construction paper or cardstock per hat
Print the desired number of attached hat templates out. Have your little color it in as best as they can. Cut out the colored hat template (if your little is big enough they can do it themselves).
Cut strips on construction paper about 2” thick the landscape way. Attach two of the strips together to make a long enough headband to go around your child’s head. Tape the colored “New Year’s Hat” to the headband.
At this point the hats should be complete and can be worn for your celebration. Happy New Year!
*To download a free PDF of the New Year’s Hat click below.