Staying up late to ring in the New Year can be one of the most exciting times in a child’s life. However, it can be difficult as a parent to find a safe and exciting way for young kids to celebrate. This year, have your kids invite a small group of friends over the house and throw a party! Don’t worry; we have the perfect idea to make the party as enjoyable for you as it will be for the kids.
To make the night run smoothly incorporate a schedule into the festivities. A fun way to do this is by creating a scavenger hunt with the Sterilite 5 Quart Handy Pail. I chose to hide one pail around the house for every hour from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. The textured finish is perfect for decorating with sharpie markers which can be washed off with nail polish remover for future game ideas. The sturdy wire handle makes transporting the pail around the house easy for even the youngest child.
Once you have labeled and decorated your pails, develop your scavenger hunt! I chose to put a different activity in each pail to keep everyone entertained. The kids will also have a clue in each pail that will lead them to the next activity on the agenda. Mix up the events with games, cooking or crafts. If you are struggling to think of some ideas, below are a few to get the creativity flowing.
6:00 p.m. – Let the countdown begin! For the next hour, make your own pizza. At 7:00 p.m. look for the next activity in the room where you sleep!
7:00 p.m. – We are one hour closer! For the next hour, have fun decorating your own party hat. At 8:00 p.m. look for the next activity where we keep the cereal!
8:00 p.m. – Only four hours left! For the next hour, let’s make sugar cookies. At 9:00 p.m. look for the next activity where we sit to watch television!
9:00 p.m. – We are half way through our countdown! Let’s play charades. At 10:00 p.m. look for the next activity where you take a shower!
10:00 p.m. – We are so close to 2015! Let’s make New Year’s resolutions and drink hot chocolate. At 11:00 p.m. look for the next activity where we wash the laundry!
11:00 p.m. – Only one more hour! Let’s have a sing and dance party. At 12:00 a.m. look for the next activity where we cook our food!
MIDNIGHT (12:00 a.m.) – HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s 2015!
New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be all about the grown-ups! Change up the occasion and bring in the New Year with the kiddos. Most importantly, have a lot of fun and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!