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20 Fun New Year’s Activities and Crafts

Fun ways to bring in the New Year with crafts and activities for kids!

Young kids always have high hopes for staying awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve (and ours did make it ONE year 😉 But more than that, kids love to countdown the hours until the next year!

Sometimes we’ll celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and other years we’ll do some fun New Year’s Eve printable games & activites at home!

However we celebrate, we always include some fun activities, a countdown and hats! 

Really, what’s New Year’s without some crazy hat 😉

Whether you celebrate on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, here are a few fun & easy ways to bring in 2020 together!

New Years activities and craft ideas for kids

20 New Years Activities and Crafts

If you think about it, the coming of a New Year is a pretty big thing — a year is a really, really long time when you’re younger than 12! 

For us adults, the year seems to fly by 🙂

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to recap all the great things that happened the previous year — think about all the fun things the kids have done for the first time, see how much they’ve grown in the last 12 months, go through all those photos you still have on your phone and share some memories together.

It’s also the perfect time to ask the kids what their hopes and dreams are for the coming year — I’ll bet you’ll be surprised as some of the things they reveal.

In honor of the coming year, here are 20 fun ways you can help the kids bring in 2020 — from crafts to family games and even some wonderful ways to capture all the special memories from last year.  We’ve included FUN activities along with affiliate links to our favorite ways to celebrate too!


New Year’s Activities for Kids

Watch Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

Have an hour-by-hour countdown to the New Year – this printable New Year’s Eve pack includes an editable countdown chain, 25+ activities for an hour by hour countdown and printable Family Goals & Best Memories pages too!

Play New Year’s BINGO — Plucky Momo

Create a Memory String — I Heart Crafty Things


Watch Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year (also FREE on Amazon Prime now!)

Play this awesome DIY New Year’s Eve game for the family — All Done Monkey

New Year’s Eve Photo Props — Red Ted Art

Make New Year’s cookies — In the Playroom

Have fun with a New Year’s Scavenger Hunt — Buggy & Buddy


Cuddle up with some favorite New Year’s books for kids!

Put together Countdown Bags for the family — Kitchen Floor Crafts

Travel the world and learn about New Year’s traditions from around the globe — One Time Through


New Year’s Eve Crafts for Kids

Make your own Clock Hats — Reading Confetti

Have fun with pipecleaners:

Fireworks Rings — Fantastic Fun & Learning

New Year’s Crown — How Wee Learn

Sparkley Pipecleaner Glasses — Artsy Momma

New Year’s Wishing Wand — Baby Centre

Make a New Year’s Shaker Plate — The Centsible Life

Explore Glittery Play Dough — Homegrown Friends 


More New Year’s Activities for Kids:

A Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Countdown

12 Printable New Year’s Eve Games & Activities