Free New Year activities ideal for elementary students! Included in this post are New Year’s videos, crafts, and games, as well as New Year goal setting activities.
It’s hard to believe we are approaching the start of another NEW YEAR! While September usually feels like the “New Year” for teachers, January is a great time to check-in, reflect and set new goals and resolutions.
And while we may ring in the New Year when school is out of session, I have found celebrating it with my students in January is a really nice way to welcome back students after the holiday break!
In hopes of taking a little off your plate this holiday season, I’ve shared a series of holiday round-up posts of engaging videos, games, crafts and activities you and your students can use to celebrate the holidays.
In my final round-up for this series I’m sharing all things New Years! Let’s take a look at what I’ve found….
New Year’s Videos for Kids
New Year’s Countdown Video This 10-minute video includes singing, dancing, fireworks, and a countdown to the New Year! It provides lots of opportunities for movement!
Happy New Year This sweet and short video will help kids start thinking about all they accomplished and learned in the past year! It could be a great video to watch before doing a goal-setting activity.
The Night Before New Year’s A fun read aloud from the “The Night Before Series”. In this one, it’s the night before New Year’s, and the whole family is determined to stay up until midnight! Will they make it until the clock strikes twelve?
Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas Another great read aloud that will teach students how many different cultures celebrate the New Year with food!
New Year’s Crafts for Kids
Firework Salt Painting This simple art project allows students to create their own New Year’s night sky filled with colorful fireworks!
3d Paper Firework Craft Paper, scissors, and glue are all you need to create this festive & fun fireworks craft! It could lead to conversations about shapes and makes a great fine motor activity!
New Year’s Games for Kids
Use these free New Year’s Bingo printables in a center or better yet, if you need an activity to keep kids busy for a bit while you perform back from break assessments, have students create their own bingo boards with the blank templates provided by Artsy Fartsy Mama!
Finally, I’m excited to share with you my very own New Year’s Goals resource! It’s filled with meaningful activities designed to get your students reflecting and thinking about their goals for the coming year! The resource includes FREE YEARLY UPDATES so you can use it year after year!
Let’s take a look at what’s included in the resource…
•iPhone Best Selfie Writing Mini Book – Students love getting creative with this fun mini-book. It gives them the chance to express themselves and share their current interests, as well as set goals and resolutions for the New Year.
•New Year Goals Flipbooks (2 options)- In this activity students get the chance to reflect back on what they’ve accomplished in the last year and set a variety of specific goals for the new year.
•New Year Writing & Craft (2 options with both primary and regular lined paper) Here students color, decorate, cut and paste, as well as write about their goals for the coming year.
•New Year, New Goal printable– In this activity students set a goal and make a PLAN for how they will achieve it!
•New Year’s Crown- The perfect accessory for New Year!
•Bulletin Board Letters (2 options) Your January bulletin board is all set to go with the help of these letters!
Give YOURSELF a gift and grab my New Year’s Goals Resource, It’ll be a stress-free, engaging and a meaningful way to return to work and start the New Year with your students!
I’ve just added these New Year’s activities to the bundle:
- Happy New Year Riddles and Word Search – these printables are perfect for morning work, inside recess, or as a New Year center. Print them for free below!
DOWNLOAD these Free Happy New Year Riddles and Word Search here
I hope the resources I’ve shared in my round-up posts have been helped to lighten your load this holiday season! Have a relaxing holiday break and wonderful New Year!