NYE Children's Party

Updated: Dec 27, 2020

For the past few years we have had a mini party at home for New Years Eve. We decorate the house, cook party food and have a chocolate fondue for pudding. We play some games, have a dance and celebrate New Year just before bedtime instead of midnight!



This year I picked up some party supplies in Tesco. Afterwards, I found that Poundland has a great range at a fraction of the price which I wish I knew earlier! I bought some garlands to decorate the room with, party hats to decorate with stickers and write 2021 on and some party poppers to pop at 'midnight'.



We always celebrate 'midnight' just before bedtime. After we countdown, we dance to Auld Lang Syne and watch some NYE fireworks clips on Youtube. We play games throughout the afternoon/evening as we countdown to midnight. Here are some of the games we have played:


Beat the clock

You will need:

  • 12 paper cups labelled 1-12

  • a pair of tights

  • a soft ball/beanbag/orange

Arrange the cups on the floor to create a clock. Put an object such as a soft ball in the end of the tights then put them on your head. Try to knock down all of the cups by swinging the tights. Start at 1o'clock and see if you can make it to 12 o'clock in one minute!



Make the date

You will need:

  • 2021 game board

  • number cards - include enough 2, 0, and 1s for each play and also some extra numbers.

I don't have a picture of the number version but it works in the same way as this tricky word game. Cut up some cardboard and write numbers on each piece. Include one 0, 1 and two 2s for each player. You can also some extra numbers to make it a bit trickier. Create a game board for each player with 2021 written on it.


Turn all of the number cards so they are face down. Each player takes it in turns to turn over a number. If they need it for their date they keep it and if they don’t need it they put it back. The first person to find all of the numbers to make the new year is the winner. ⁣



You can also play this game using a dice - you will need to choose one of the numbers to count as 0. Each played needs a 2021 game board and 4 coins. If you roll one of the numbers on your board cover it with a coin. The first person to cover all 4 numbers wins everyone else's coins. This photo makes me feel so sad that my family won't be there this year.



Party Blower Race

You will need:

  • Party blowers

  • Paper/plastic cups or pom poms

Place one upside down paper cup or a pom pom on the table per player. Use the party blowers to move the party cup/pom pom to the other side of the table. Who can make theirs fall off the table first?


Top tip - If you push the piece of plastic down under the other piece it will stop them making a noise when blown!


Glow Stick Ring Toss

You will need:

  • A bottle

  • Glow sticks

Use glow sticks to make hoops. Try to throw them over the neck of a bottle. Who can score the most points? This is fun to play with the lights dimmed or just a lamp on. You could use and empty bottle and place a glow stick inside to make the target easy to see. I don't have a photo of this game so here is a photo of a Halloween version we have played.



The Doughnut Game

You will need:

  • a hanger

  • doughnuts

  • ribbon or string

Tie the string or ribbon to the bottom of the hanger. Put a doughnut on the hook and have an adult hold it. You want it to just be in reach of the person's mouth when they are kneeling. They should put their hands behind their back and try to bite the doughnut. If they get it they can eat it. It's trickier than it sounds and really funny to watch.



As it gets closer to bedtime we celebrate the New Year. One year I tied a muslin blanket to the ceiling and filled it with balloons. We counted down and released the balloons when we got to 0. Another year we popped confetti balloons which was fun but messy! This year I have bought some plastic wine glasses which I am going to use to toast the New Year with milk and cookies.



So that's how we spend our NYE now we have children :)


If you are looking for some activity ideas to keep 3-5 year olds entertained between Christmas and New Year, there are lots of activities available in the Pre-writers Club. Click here to sign up for a 7 day free trial.


If you have a NYE party and share any photos on social media I would love to see them. Please tag @miniwritersclub.


I just want to finish the last post of the year by saying thank you so much for your support. I have loved growing Mini Writers Club this year and cannot wait to see where 2021 takes it. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year.


Anna


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