Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year Crafts and Activities

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New Year Everywhere
We haven’t read any fiction books about New Year this year, but I brought home this non-fiction book about New Year celebrations around the world and asked Smarty to pick what looked interesting to her. She wanted to do a cake with a coin baked in it (Greece), a wish balloon (we ended up skipping it), an apple and honey snack from Israel and a Trinidad drum. Trinidad drum was easy, since I had an Dec30_Drumempty coffee can. Add some acrylic paints and a drum was ready for operation in about 2 hours. Smarty was happily making up her own New Year songs and singing them for anyone who visited us in these couple of days. One other activity that she really wanted to try was  German fortune telling with melted wax. My husband said that it’s actually done with molted lead, not with wax. Wax didn’t work out too well, since all we were getting are tiny drops which all looked pretty much like sea shells, but Smarty still enjoyed this part of New Year celebration. Oh, and instead of baking a cake, we baked cupcakes and put a coin in one of them. She was disappointed when papa ended up getting it Smile
Dec31_Resolution2 I thought that we were done with New Year crafts when we did our drum, but I read this post by Kim at The Educators’ Spin on It where she shared some interesting links for New Year’s crafts, and I was very taken by the Resolution Flower. The funny part was that I was planning to discuss resolutions with Smarty and write them down, but she was adamant about doing most of the writing, saying, It’s my craft, and I will do what I want! You can guess who wrote what, but the ideas (and some of the categories) are all hers.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great book and ideas! I have several empty coffee cans saved up, but the Man of the House is still home from work today - so they'll stay tucked quietly under the counter for now :)

Jennifer said...

What GREAT ideas!!

I like the resolution flower!! So cute and very visible for them to remember!

Kim said...

Ooh, I love the resolution flower! Great idea. She has big plans!

Debbie said...

I love her resolution flower.

Jackie H. said...

I love the resolution flower too! It's good that she wants to write so much as it seems like it didn't used to be her "thing"! It's fun to watch their independence blossom :)

Ticia said...

The resolution flower is cool. I love her ideas.

So, do you do a grid or something to get all those buttons looking so nice up top? I'm wanting to go back to putting buttons at the top again, I like that better.

The Educators Spin On It said...

She is just so sweet! We always want to visit babushka too and have a trip in the works for the spring. I love the non-fiction book for New Years and am trying to make it a goal to read outside our usual genres this year!

Elise said...

I really like the sound of that book - let's face it, I like the sound of nearly every book you mention :). I am interested in exposing our children to more books that highlight traditions and living in other parts of the world.

I particulalry like Anna's goals relating to eating - thanking the cook and no complaining.

MaryAnne said...

I love the resolution flower!

I think we should get a copy of that book for New Year next year. This year we didn't really do anything.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What lovely ideas, and I'm inspired to craft up my own resolution flower after reading this post! We rang in the New Year with Rio (3 hours ahead of us), had Brazilian themed dinner & music. What a great way to introduce kids to new cultures!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the resolution flower! What fun to look at it and see a year's worth of goals!

Beth ( said...

Great book & idea! I love that the resolutions will be visible reminders! I'd love for you to follow me back, if you want to =-) I also wanted to invite you to link up at TGIF Linky Party -
Have a great weekend,
Beth =-)

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