Anyways, Mila is getting more and more into drawing and tracing letters and shapes. I haven’t really sat down and did a full activity with her yet, so I wasn’t too optimistic about how this would go.
I made three different pages for Mila to do.
The first is a sticker activity.
Is anyone else’s toddler obsessed with stickers or is it just mine?
I knew if the other two activities didn’t work out, she’d love putting stickers on this big piece of paper.
All I did for this was tape two pieces together and write ‘2021’ in marker.
The goal of this activity is for your toddler to put stickers along the numbers. It helps them get the hang of the shape of the letter without writing it. Plus, they’ll be using motor skills by taking the stickers off and putting them along the lines.
She might not have put all of the stickers on the letters, but stickers are always a hit with Mila!
The next activity is writing. There’s a bubble number one. For this one, they just practice their numbers inside the letter. It’s just to get them familiar with it.
Honestly, this is more Mila’s speed. She did her best with trying to draw it and I think she did well.
The final page was way too challenging for Mila, but a good way to keep numbers familiar for her. I ended up asking which numbers were where and told her the letters too.
Overall, the sticker activity was a hit and I’ll continue doing similar ones for this stage. The other two I’ll keep doing similar things to see how she progresses with them. One day she’ll be a pro at them.
These can all be made with computer paper at home. The sticker activity gave me enough time to make food and wash dishes!
Hopefully, this can help give you some time to get last minute things done for NYE at home.
If you try this out, let me know in the comments. I’d love to know how it went!
To make the New Year’s Eve day a little more special, I made a countdown clock for Mila. It took a little bit of time, which is why I’m posting today.
You can definitely get help from your kids with this activity, but it’s mostly for adults or older kids to make. Kids of all ages can enjoy when it’s done.
Like most of our activities, I had everything at home. If you don’t, all of these items can be easily bought at a variety of stores.
Poster board or craft paper
Confetti (I used scrap paper)
Candy or other fillings
The idea of this activity is to celebrate NYE all throughout the day. As each hour passes, kids can pop the balloon and have confetti and whatever else you stuff it with.
If they don’t stay up until midnight, then at least they get some excitement throughout the day!
This project was a little more longer and in depth than our usual ones, but I think she’ll love it when the day comes.
First, draw a big circle on your poster board or craft paper. Then, add the numbers around the circle like a clock. I wrote in the middle of it, but you can personalize it however.
Once that’s done, it’s time to stuff and blow up balloons.
You’ll only need twelve balloons and some come with confetti already in them. That would have been way easier, but I just made confetti by cutting up scrap pieces of paper. This takes a little time, but it looks cute all mixed.
If you are making your own confetti, have your child practice their cutting skills and help you out!
Next, stuff the balloons!
This can be a tricky task. I used a funnel, but there are others ways to do it too.
In addition to the confetti, I added chocolate hearts to the balloons. Mila loves them and she’ll be shocked by the surprise.
After this is done, blow your balloons up and tape them to your clock.
Hang your clock to a wall and enjoy popping them on New Years Eve! Kids who love messes will be excited to make one every hour.
I hope you enjoy this way to celebrate bringing the new year in! If you decide to do this activity, comment your experience. I’d love to hear from you and see pictures.
If you enjoyed last weeks Christmas activities, I have a few New Years ones too!
This first one is a firework painting. Mila loves to paint and experiment with how brushes work. That makes these DIY paint brushes even more interesting for her and toddlers.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Toilet paper or paper towel tubes
Scissors (kid and adult)
I had all of these supplies at home, but most everything can be easily purchased. Feel free to use whatever color of paint. Mila just picked these three and I added the silver in.
First, you’ll want to cut the paper tubes to make the brush. If your child is learning how to use scissors, guide and help them with this. You can also get this step done beforehand.
We did three different firework shapes to get different looks.
Then, we put our paint on paper plates. Mila poured the red, which might have been a mistake. One recommendation is to spread the paint around. This way when your child pushes down with their brushes, all the bristles get paint on it.
After you get all your desired paint ready, it’s time to start painting.
I let Mila know we were making fireworks because that’s how we celebrate the new year. She’s seen fireworks before, so she understood what they were.
Of course she doesn’t grasp the concept of a new year, but it’s fun to begin those conversations with her.
I did have to show her how to push down on the brush. She got the hang of it pretty quick!
It helped when I really pushed the bristles down to make them more flexible. They are quite stiff at first!
With their finished project, you can either write over top of it or just leave it. Mila ended up making two. The canvas will have ‘2021’ written on it and the paper version will be untouched.
I’ll update this post with a finished picture after her artwork is all dried.
This activity is pretty quick, but a lot of fun. Toddlers and young kids will love making their own brushes. Plus, what kid doesn’t like fireworks without all the noise.
If you try this activity out, let me know in the comments below!