10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….Happy New Year!

Counting down is the easy part. But what can you and your kids do for fun before midnight rolls around?

Here are our 5 DIY activities for your New Year’s Eve celebration.

1. Countdown balloons

New-Year-countdown-balloons

If your kids can’t wait for the countdown, have them prepare for it with this fun activity. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 11 Colorful balloons
  • Colorful markers
  • Ribbon or thread

What to do:

  • Inflate balloons (preferably with helium so they’ll float)
  • Use markers to write numbers on each (from 10 to 1)
  • Use a marker to write “Happy 2015″ on the last balloon
  • Use markers to write short New Years wishes on each balloon
  • Tie a ribbon or thread to the bottom of each balloon

Start the countdown 10 minutes before midnight by letting the balloons float up one-by-one. The last balloon (“Happy 2015”) goes up at midnight. Of course, give each child a balloon as their countdown responsibility, which will make them feel special and very much a part of the New Years celebration.

2. New Year’s fairy

fairy-wings

Turn your kids into New Years fairies who make everyone’s New Years wishes come true (with a bit of magical assistance). Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Rope
  • White paper
  • White cotton pads
  • Glitter

Follow these steps to create fairy wings:

  • Use the pencil to draw the shape of wings on a piece of cardboard
  • Cut out the shape with scissors (or an X-ACTO knife if it’s easier—but don’t let the kids help with that!)
  • Glue white paper to cover the wings (or paint them white)
  • Glue white cotton pads on sides of the wings (from up to bottom)
  • Tie 2 ropes in loops in the middle of the wings (1 for each arm)
  • Place glitter all over the wings (or as desired by your little fairies)

To create pom poms for the fairy headband you will need to:

  • Take 6 to 10 paper tissues and place them one on top of another
  • Fold them width-wise to form the shape of a fan
  • Use scissors to cut both ends of the folded tissue papers
  • Take a ribbon and tie the tissue papers in the middle
  • Spread apart all the layers with your hand
  • Fluff layers with your hand to get nice looking pom poms
  • Glue pom poms on your child’s hair band

Now your little fairies are ready to make your New Year’s wishes come true!

3. Party hats for everyone

Party-hats

This is another quick and easy craft activity you can do together with the kids. All you need is a stack of colorful construction paper, a few colorful ribbons, and tinsel. We recommend to use a variety of paper sizes to fit both adults and kids.

What to do:

  • Fold each paper into a cone-shaped hat (with pointed end)
  • Glue both sides (or staple for a faster result)
  • Decorate hats with tinsel, ribbons, glitter, and other decorative material

Your celebratory hats are ready! To make sure they stay firm on everyone’s head, feel free to use ribbons or elastic materials which you can tie under everyone’s chin.

4. Happy New Year paper glasses

new-year-glasses

Even if you don’t normally wear glasses, these flashy New Years eyeglasses will definitely bring some positive attention your way. Surprise your guests and their children with this fun party favor. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Printable cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Cellophane paper
  • Decorative materials (glitter, tinsel, ribbons, stickers)

Download the eyeglasses template here.

Trace the template on cardstock, then cut out the shape with scissors or an X-ACTO knife.  Let your kids decorate them as they wish, and make sure to provide a generous supply of artsy decorations. For extra fun, hold a contest for the kids to see who can create the funniest-looking glasses and reward the winner with a glass of champagne. Just kidding—let them release the “Happy 2015” balloon during the countdown!

5. Beautiful confetti balloons

confetti-baloons

This is both fun and easy for kids. What you’ll need is some transparent balloons and loads of confetti (warning: after this activity you may find confetti stuck in your carpet for months to come). Kids can stuff balloons with confetti and once the balloons are full, you can inflate them and use them as your New Years Eve decorations!

Lipa wishes you an amazing 2015, with many laughs and crafts with your kids. We also wish you a year full of play and learning. We’re going to keep you busy and happy all year long with new ideas!

Happy 2015!