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Inside: These ideas for kid’s New Year’s activities will keep everyone smiling (and awake!) Includes a free set of adorable printable New Year’s Placemats to help ring in the New Year right!

Are you looking for some fun and entertaining New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids?

You don’t have to go to an extravagant party to make New Year’s special. I love spending New Year’s at home (warm and cozy).

If you are like me and plan on spending New Year’s Eve at home (whether dressed up or in your pajamas), we have some fun New Year’s Eve activity ideas to help you entertain the kids.

Oh, and this post includes a FREE New Year’s Eve Placemat Bundle to make the festivities even better! (You can download it at the end of this post.)

Kid's New Year's Activity ideas

Kid’s New Year’s Activities

1. New Year’s Activity Mat

The kids are staying up a little bit later, and you might be looking for some quiet (but fun) activities.

Put this activity mat in front of the kids during snack time and let the fun begin. (These printables come free in our New Year’s Activity Bundle, which you can score at the end of this post).

This activity placemat includes:

  1. Tic tac toe
  2. Maze
  3. Word Scramble
  4. Coloring
  5. Word search
  6. Color connect game
New Year's Eve  Activity Placemats

2. Time Capsule (Favorite kid’s New Year’s activity!)

There is no better time to create a Time Capsule than New Year’s Eve.

Time capsules should reflect a little bit of the time period they are coming from (and reflect a little of your personality).

Examples of items you could put in your time capsule include:

  • Magazine clippings
  • A list of your accomplishments throughout the year
  • A list of your goals for the upcoming year
  • Most wonderful memory from this holiday season
  • Pictures of you or your friends or family
  • Small toys
  • Any crafts you made
  • A list of your favorite things: Movies, games, songs, etc.

Use this free Time Capsule printable to add to your time capsule.

New Years Time Capsule

Your time capsule doesn’t need to be fancy. An old shoe box or cereal box is a great idea. You could decorate it with glitter and coloring.

I like to make the New Year’s time capsule for one year out, so you can open it next year at your New Year’s party and then create your new one. It can become a sweet family New Year’s tradition.

This bundle would also be perfect for parties, the classroom, or any holiday event with kids!

3. New Years Countdown

Now, if you are like me and do your countdown early (because keeping the kids up until midnight spells d.i.s.a.s.t.e.r, you can use this fun coloring page to get the kids motivated for the early countdown.

New Year's Coloring Pages

4. New Years Coloring Pages

If your kids love good old-fashioned coloring, this could be a great family activity to come together.

This free New Year’s bundle includes two coloring pages – one is to decorate the party items (you can really get creative here), and the other page is a traditional coloring page.

I love to hang up the pictures for the countdown (for added festivity).

5. New Years Memory Game

Cut out the New Year’s symbols on this free printable and place them face down.

Flip over two cards, and when you get a match, you get the point. Play until all the cards are matched. The person with the most matches wins!

You could also color the symbols before you play for added fun!

Awesome kids New Year's Eve Ideas

Additional Kid’s New Year’s Eve Ideas

  • I love this idea from Happiness is Homemade to make your own confetti poppers. It’s super easy to do and a ton of fun!
  • Have you ever played Minute to Win it? The Pragmatic Parent has a list of fun Minute to Win it (Christmas-style) ideas!
  • You could make your own Balloon Drop! Make the countdown extra special. One Good Thing has full instructions here.
  • Build the best fort ever!
  • Play a board game
  • Have a movie night
  • Go for a walk
  • Make a smorgasbord of snacks
  • Have a dance party!

How to Use the New Year’s Eve Activity mats

You always have the option to laminate the activity pages and use them for years to come. This is also super helpful if you want these for your classroom. (The coloring pages will need to be printed with each use, however.)

I always recommend printing on cardstock, so they are more durable and can handle some wear and tear (we all know kids are hard on things).

What ages are New Year’s placemats appropriate for?

These PDF New Years’ Eve placemats are perfect for kids of any age. (Ages 2 to 102!)

Younger kids will love coloring and mazes, and older kids will love getting creative and decorating their party items.

Final thoughts on Kid’s New Year’s Activity Ideas

I hope you found a few fun ideas to celebrate New Year’s, and I hope you and your kids love these printable New Year’s Placemats placemats. I’d love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @mindfulmazing!

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