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 empty 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
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.