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Celebrating the New Year with children

New Year paper plate kids craft

How do you explain the concept of time and a New Year to a 4 year old? He recognises all his numbers and understands days, weeks and months but not a year. I wanted to mark the arrival of a New Year so came up with the idea of paper plate numbers to hopefully reinforce the idea a little.

We talked about time and how we measure it, then drew the numbers on four paper plates.

New Year kids craftWe ‘coloured’ them in using some left over craft sand, covering the number with glue and then shaking the sand over each one.

New Year kids craftThe children loved crafting with something a little different.

New Year kids craftIt wasn’t too messy as we put each lot of sand in a small container and put the paper plate on a small tray to contain the mess.

New Year kids craftWhen we had finished the children decided there wasn’t enough sparkle so added some foam stickers around each number.

New Year kids craftThe finished result looks great!

New Year paper plate kids craftThe children have already requested that we hang our paper plate decorations in the window on New Year’s Eve. I think they make a sweet and quick New Years’ decoration. I would love to hear how are you celebrating the New Year with children?

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New Year paper plate kids craft


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    Emma T
    December 30, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    These are a great way to get them understanding years. I need to do them for numbers because N makes no attempt to recognise them!

    We don’t do new year’s eve. We don’t even stay up for it…well, maybe I will do this year, but OH has to keep an eye on the cows as they’re calving, and then gets up at 5am the next morning so staying up late for him isn’t really an option.

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    December 31, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Thats such a cute way to learn your children what a year is! Looks like so much fun as well. Hope you have a lovely new year, wishing you all the best for 2015.

    Great blog as well, I love gingerbread (in the domain name). Mines is Top Style Advice

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    Ashley Beolens
    December 31, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    What wonderful ideas, I wish I had seen these before today (little lady is at Nannies now) oh well next year, thanks for sharing.

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    December 31, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    aww these came out really cute! they did a great job 🙂

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    Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)
    January 1, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Amazing craft! I love their concentration and focus on doing this project =)

    Happy New Year!


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    January 2, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    need to get some plates!

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    Karen Bell
    January 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Great idea. Painting with sand makes it very different and I love that they added the stickers for more sparkle themselves. They look fab.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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