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I love parties!!  I love to plan parties and pretend to plan parties, and my daughter loves this, as well.  This craft is a perfect craft for a New Year’s Eve party for preschoolers.

What you need:

– Paper plate
– Different shapes cut from construction paper to be used as eyes and a mouth.  You could also add triangle shapes and pom poms to be used as party hats for the clock.
– Party blowouts
– Glue
– Scissors


– Have children make a paper plate face (eyes and mouth).  They can draw the face or use cut-outs. 
– Make a small hole in the center of the “face” and insert the party blowout.  We used this as the nose, but if children prefer, they can add this to the mouth of the clock.
– Add the numbers 1-12.  You can write these numbers, have children write them, or use number stickers.  This project is great for children who are just learning to write.
– Add the clock “hands”.

Let children have fun blowing into the “blowout” and watching the clocks nose “grow”.

This is a great project that teaches children about time and the start of a new year.  It is also one  that can teach children about germs, and how they should only use their clock noisemaker.  But most importantly, it is a project that allows children to use their creativity and have fun celebrating 2012!!

– Michelle


Making party hats is a great activity for children of all ages and a fun way to ring in the New Year.  Having a variety of materials available will make it even more exciting and allow the children to make their own creative hats.

Here’s one that my daughter and I did last year, while welcoming in 2011.

What you need:

– Hat template (we used this one from
– Different colored construction paper
– Glue / tape
– Embellishments (different shapes cut from construction paper, glitter, paint, crayons, markers, stickers, pom poms, ribbon
– Hole punch


-Print the hat template from above, trace onto construction paper and cut out (older children can do this step themselves).
-Let the children decorate the hats however they choose.
– When the children have finished decorating, fold the hat and glue it together.
-Punch holes on each side of the bottom of the hat to attach the ribbon.  You can put a knot in the ribbon to attach or tape the ribbon to the inside.

Wear your hats and enjoy yourselves, while welcoming 2012!!

Happy New Year!!!

– Michelle

It’s so hard to believe that within a week, we’ll be celebrating the start of a new year.  Here’s a craft that my daughter and I did last year.  One that allows children to use their creativity, and one that uses old paper towel rolls.  My favorite type of craft!

What you need:

– paper towel rolls
– wax paper or tissue paper
– rubber band
– crayons, markers, stickers, and other embelishments
– glue
– hole punch


– Wrap a small piece of wax paper or tissue paper around one end of the paper towel roll and attach using a rubber band.

– Using the hole punch, make a hole in each side on the top of the paper towel roll.

– Ask your children to decorate the paper towel roll however they choose.  Have a lot of different materials available for children to choose from (and see my note below about creativity.

– Let children blow into the paper towel roll and make some fantastic party noises!


– My daughter chose to make our noisemaker look like “Tasha” from the Backyardigans.

– This was very easy for me to use.  When my daughter tried, it didn’t quite make the sound that it did when I used it.  It was not an issue though, my daughter then chose to use it as a puppet.

– Michelle