Who doesn’t love a good party? Who doesn’t love to staying up until midnight ringing in the new year! I mean…we all love a good new year’s party! OK…honestly…who can barely make it to midnight to celebrate?! The new year is a time for new beginnings and it’s a perfect time to party with your class. Each year we have a new year’s party on our first day back to celebrate the new year and our return to school! Our new year’s party comes with balloons, hats, confetti, noisemakers and a toast to ring in the new year!
I pick up 2 or 3 New Year’s party packages from Party City so we have hats and leis and noisemakers. I order confetti from Amazon. And we use Sparkling Grape Juice for our toast!
We watch the Times Square Ball Drop and do our own countdown to the new year!
New Year’s Party Snack
No new year’s party is complete without food. If we didn’t have food, Martha Stewart would be so sad. So of course we make a Happy New Year snack to recreate the big ball drop! We use a cupcake, a coffee stirrer and a doughnut holes. Sometimes you get lucky and the “ball” even slides down just like the real ball drop!
New Year’s Party Writing
The students will share their resolutions and write their resolutions for the new year!
We do an adjective lesson where each student comes to the SmartBoard and the class describes their friends! I write the the adjectives on the board and snap a picture. Each child gets the picture to take home. This is a great way to start the 2nd half of the wear by boosting everyone’s confidence and strengthening the bond of your class. This is a great community building activity!
And finally we make our class promise. We share all the things we promise to do to make the new year awesome. At the end, we all sign our names and we display our class promise as a reminder of how awesome we are and how awesome we can be!
I have to share our New Year’s Party sensory bin! Confetti and disco balls. Of course. Disco balls.
Check out my Happy New Year 2017 creation for thinking maps, writing, craftivities and math and literacy centers in blackline and color!
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