New Year’s Crafts for Kids

Looking for some fun ideas to do with your kids on New Year’s Eve? I got you covered!

I have some fun crafts, activities, and FREE printables for you to ring in the new year with your kids.

Let’s get started with my New Years Ideas for Kids


#1: New Years Handprint Crafts

Making handprints or footprint New Year’s crafts are my favorite because they are so cute to look back on.

All of these templates are updated for the correct year! Click below to get your freebies.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

Click HERE to get your FREE New Year’s Templates

B. Set-up

Print off the templates that you want to use! If you are making the confetti blaster, make a triangle shape out of black cardstock paper and paste it onto the template.

C. Activity

Paint your child’s hand or foot the color that you want! We used gold paint for the confetti one, and blue paint for the footprint craft.

Make prints on the paper, and make sure to press down all over their hand or foot to make sure it shows up completely.

Slowly lift up and wash their hands or feet.

Now, you can decorate them! Use glitter glue, confetti, paper, etc. to make the details you want on these adorable keepsake New Year’s crafts!


#2: Balloon Clock Craft

Making a balloon clock with your kids is easy, and fun, and the kids will LOVE keeping track of the time it is until New Year!

You can even speed this up for younger kids so it’ll feel like it’s New Year if you do a NOON Year’s Eve.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • balloons
  • construction paper
  • marker
  • tape

B. Set-up

Create some fun ideas of things for the kids to do each hour to count down the New Year. You can use a bunch of these ideas below for ideas to do each hour.

Think of some crafts, activities, snacks, drinks, etc. Write one idea on a piece of construction paper.

C. Activity

Fold the construction paper ideas up and place one inside each balloon. Then, blow the balloon up! Repeat this process 12 times to make a clock.

Write the numbers 1-12 on the balloons using a Sharpie. Then, use tape to tape them up in a circle on the wall.

You can make the hands of the clock out of paper.

Every hour starting at noon, the kids will pop the balloon for what hour it is. They will do that activity that was inside that balloon.

Have fun with this New Year’s craft! The kids will have an absolute blast having some fun activities to do to celebrate.


#3: New Years Hat Craft

I have a free printable New Year’s craft that you can make with your kids at home or at school when they come back from break.

These hats are adorable! They will love coloring them and decorating them.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

Click HERE to get your free New Year’s hat printables

B. Set-up

There are a few different choices of hats. Choose which template you would like the kids to use and print it off.

C. Activity

The kids will color and decorate their hats using fun art supplies! You can use markers, crayons, glitter glue (it will take a little bit to dry), stickers, etc.

Then, once they are done, measure how big the hats should be on their head. Attach the white template strip on the hat using a stapler on both sides.

The kids will love wearing the hats they created for New Year!


#4: Paper Plate Noise Makers

These DIY noise makers are easy for the kids to make. Plus, they aren’t as loud as the noise makers that you can buy at the store!

This is a fun New Year’s craft for the kids to make and use to get excited for the New Year!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Grab all of your supplies! Get the hot glue gun ready!

C. Activity

The kids will decorate the back of two paper plates. They will use the supplies you have to make a New Year’s noisemaker!

Once both sides are decorated, add some corn kernels on the inside of the bottom plate. Then, hot glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of that plate, so the kids can hold onto their noisemakers.

Then, add hot glue around the bottom plate and place the other plate they decorated on top to close the kernels in.

Make sure you hot glue the entire thing, or you’ll have corn kernels everywhere. I even staple the entire thing closed just to make sure.

The kids can use their noise makers! Shake and have fun!


#5: Fizzy New Years Experiment

This is a 10/10 New Year’s activity to do with your kids!

They will love watching this fizzy experiment. The best thing is, is you can do the experiment over and over.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • container or large New Year’s hat (this is what we use, makes it a little extra fun!)
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • 2024 confetti
  • star confetti

B. Set-up

In the container that you choose to use, add a bunch of baking soda. I honestly don’t ever measure this out. Just make sure to not add a little bit. The more you add the more of a reaction (fizz) it will cause.

This is a messy activity. Make sure to do this in a place you don’t mind getting messy if it spills onto the floor. I typically do this activity on top of our sensory table.

C. Activity

Add the confetti inside the baking soda. We used 2024 confetti and star confettiti! We loved seeing all the different colors bubble up.

Once you are ready, start pouring the vinegar in! Your kids will LOVE the reaction.

It will start to fizz. The more vinegar you pour in, the more fizz you’ll get.


#6: Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks

Here’s a fun and simple New Year’s Craft that kids of all ages will love.

You can make fireworks out of a toilet paper roll. I always make sure to stash away some toilet paper rolls for art projects.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • toilet paper rolls
  • scissors
  • paint
  • glitter or glitter glue
  • cardstock paper

B. Set-up

Make a bunch of slits in a toilet paper roll using scissors. Make sure they are the same length so that when the kids go to make prints, they show up.

Fold all the slits back so it will look like a firework!

C. Activity

Dip the toilet paper roll into the paint and make prints on the paper. We always like to use card stock paper because it holds up well.

I made a few toilet paper rolls so the kids could use different colors for the fireworks.

You can add glitter glue in the center of the fireworks or sprinkle some real glitter on the wet paint so it’ll stick!


#8: Handprint Year Craft

This is an adorable handprint New Year’s craft that is a great keepsake!

I love all the sparkles on this craft too. It’s perfect for the New Year!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

With a pencil, draw the numbers of the year it is going to be turning. Leave out the second number.

C. Activity

Trace your child’s hand in place of the second number on the paper. The kids will outline the numbers with glue.

They will sprinkle star confetti on top of the glue. We also used glitter glue to outline the handprint to make it stand out a little bit. It’s totally up to you if you want to do that or not.


#8: Pom Year Craft

I love how this New Year’s craft turns out! The kids love making prints with poms too.

The paint looks like little fireworks in the background!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

Get your FREE 2024 number templates

B. Set-up

Print off the number template and cut out the numbers. When you print them out, I suggest using cardstock paper.

Use masking tape to tape the numbers onto a black sheet of cardstock paper. If you don’t use cardstock paper for this project, the paper will rip.

C. Activity

Attach craft poms onto clothespins for the kids to use like a paintbrush!

They will make prints all around the numbers and the paper. We like to use acrylic paint because the colors are brighter than washable.

Let the paint dry, once it is dry, you can peel up the numbers to reveal what it looks like underneath!


#9: New Years Plate Wreath Craft

Make a New Year’s craft wreath out of a paper plate! This is a fun project to do with the kids on New Year’s Eve.

It’s simple and the kids will love to decorate the wreath and hang it up in the house.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • paint
  • glue
  • hole punch
  • star template
  • glitter/glitter glue
Click HERE for your free star templates

B. Set-up

To create the wreath out of a paper plate, poke a hole in the bottom of the plate with a pencil. Then, use scissors to cut the middle out, so you are left with the outside of the plate.

C. Activity

Paint the plate using washable or acrylic paints. We chose to paint the wreath black!

Then, print off my star templates and copy the stars on colored cardstock paper. Write the numbers of the year that it is going to be turning. Cut the stars out and paste them onto the plate.

Then, you can decorate the rest of the plate! Use glitter with a thin layer of glue around the plate or use glitter glue!

Once you are all done, use a hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the wreath and string yarn or twine through to hang it up!


#10: New Year Noise Maker Goals Craft

This simple goals craft is perfect for kids to make on New Year’s or in January.

They will love coloring this craft and coming up with one goal that they want to focus on for the year.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardstock paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • markers and crayons
Click HERE for your FREE New Year’s Learning Pack

B. Set-up

Print off the templates for this craft. There are pages for a boy and a girl at the top of the craft and another sheet for the goal writing part.

C. Activity

The kids will write the year that it is turning and they will come up with one thing that they want to learn. This can be academic, sports-related, or hobby-related!

They will cut out their goal and then color the boy or the girl. They will cut out the picture and paste everything on another sheet of colored paper.


#11: New Years Bingo!

Here’s a fun New Year’s activity to do with the kids! Play New Year’s Bingo! This is great for a New Year’s party.

Grab my free bingo cards! There are 10 different cards.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • bingo boards
  • scissors
  • game pieces (candy, star stickers, confetti, etc.)
Click HERE to get your FREE New Year’s Bingo Cards

B. Set-up

Print off all the bingo cards that you need and the calling cards. Cut out the calling cards.

C. Activity

Play bingo! See who can get 5 in a row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Make sure to place a game piece on the free space in the beginning.

Play as many times as you’d like!


#12: Free New Year’s Color by Code

Use my FREE New Year’s color by codes for something fun to do with the kids on New Year’s Eve!

Plus, it’s a great way for them to work on numbers too!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • markers
  • crayons
  • templates
Click HERE to get your FREE New Year’s Color by Codes

B. Set-up

Print off the sheets that you want the kids to do! There are numbers 1-16.

C. Activity

The kids will look at the key at the top of the page, find the numbers are the bottom and match up the color with the number.

They can use markers or crayons to complete each page!

See if they were able to match all the right numbers and colors.


#13: Star Wand Craft

This star wand is such a fun New Year’s craft for kids to create and play with.

There is a free star template with different designs below!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • crayons
  • markers
  • straw
  • tape/hot glue
  • small streamers
Click HERE to get your free Star Wand Craft templates

B. Set-up

Print off star template that you want the kids to create!

C. Activity

The kids will decorate their star! They can use crayons, markers, or glitter glue

Once they are done, grab a straw and tape it to the back of the star!

You can also add small streamers with tape on the back. Then, the kids can play with them and wave them around.


#14: Salt Painted Fireworks

Salt painting is one of my favorite art activities to do with the kids.

This New Year’s craft is fun and the kids will be amazed to see the colors flow through the salt.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Draw some lines for fireworks onto cardstock paper. Then, outline the lines in Elmer’s school glue.

C. Activity

Dump salt all over the glue. We use kind of a lot of salt. You want to make sure all the glue is covered in salt.

Remove the excess salt. Then, the kids will use watercolors to paint the fireworks!

Full Disclosure: This is a messy art activity. To help the salt from getting all over your floor, place the art in a sheet protector, and then you can hang it up without the worry of a mess!


#15: Free 2023 Memory Book

Get my FREE 2023 Memory book! What a fun way to look back at all the fun things that happened in 2023.

This New Year’s craft is a must-do activity with your kids. Everyone will love looking back at this one.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • markers
  • crayons
  • pictures
  • stapler
  • paint (for the handprint)
Click HERE to get your FREE New Year 2023 Memory Book

B. Set-up

Print off the sheets of the book! Search for any photos that you may want to include.

C. Activity

The kids will complete each page of the book. They can use photos, they can draw, and write inside this book.

At the end, there is a letter that parents/caregivers/teachers can write their kids to talk about memories of the year and New Year’s wishes!

Once all the pages are complete, place them in the order that you want and staple the book together.


Final Thoughts and Conclusion

I hope you were able to find some New Year’s craft ideas to do with your kids! These are perfect for NYE or anytime in January.

Happy New Year!

Deena

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