New Year's Day Theme

The New Year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year.
Cultures that measure yearly calendars all have New Year celebrations. ~Wikipedia

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Songs & Fingerplays

Happy New Year Song - sung to "Farmer in the Dell"

It's 2001,
It's 2001!
Have a Happy New Year,
It's 2001!

Bell Ring Song

Supply each child with a bell ring. (Instructions on how to make bell rings in art section.) Sing this song and follow the directions:

Sung to Frere Jacques
Ring your bells, Ring your bells,
Shake them left and right,
Shake them hard and light,
Ring them loud, Ring them soft.

Ring your bells, Ring your bells,
Shake them up and down,
Shake them all around,
Ring them loud, Ring them soft.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday new year, Happy Birthday new year,
Happy Birthday 2001,
Happy Birthday new year.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Arts & Crafts

Cute Noise Makers

Thought I'd share this craft with everyone........we made 'em last year, too and were a big hit. Been saving those empty film canisters....we filled 'em with rice, peas, and beans. Great noisemakers. I then hot glued the covers on and the children covered 'em with stickers. Happy New Year!!

~Submitted by Pat in MA

Bell Rings

You will need to make these for the children. Older children can do the threading. Simply thread craft bells onto a small piece of elastic, long enough to fit around your children's ankle or wrist. Then sew the two ends together. These can be used for group time dancing, songs, and games below.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

New Years Hats

Provide the children with paper bowls or cone cups, streamers, glitter, glue, and construction paper. Have them create a party hat early in the day.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Confetti Collage

Use regular confetti or have the children use a hole puncher and punch holes in construction paper. Glue onto construction paper.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Discuss what time is 12:00. (Both hands upon the 12) Make a paper plate clock.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paper Party Hats

You will need colored construction paper, a stapler or tape, a hole punch and yarn at the minimum. You may choose to have the children decorate the paper with markers, paint, crayons, string, glitter, the number "2001", or however they wish. After the paper has dried, form a cone shape to fit the child's head. Then staple or tape the shape securely. The cone shape is formed by rolling up the paper so the longer sides of the paper form the top and bottom of the cone. After you have secured the shape with tape or staples, cut the bottom of the cone so it is even all the way around. Punch two holes in the hat near the bottom to attach a string that will secure the hat on the child's head. Tie on the string.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


You will need yarn, a pencil, craft bells, styrofoam cups, and decorating materials. Have the children decorate their cup. Cut a piece of yarn, no longer than the height of the cup. Tie the yarn to the bell. Then poke a small hole on the bottom of the cup. Thread the yarn through the hole so the bell is inside the cup. Tie the yarn in a knot (or a couple of knots) so it will not come loose. Now you have a bell.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Write the number 2001 on a piece of paper and have the children decorate it with paint, markers, crayons, string, lace, glitter, or whatever.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Chinese Laterns

Have each child fold a piece of paper (red is best) in half so that the two longest sides are together. Then have the children cut one strip of paper off. Then have the children cut slits in the paper starting at the fold and going almost to the edges. Have the children make four or five slits. Then roll up the paper connecting the two shorter sides with tape or glue. Then the children may glue the first piece they cut off to the top of the lantern for the handle.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


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