We've talked before about making holidays special with your toddler, however, there is something about New Year's that requires a little extra attention. After all, the combination of a New Year (starting over) and the innocence of toddlerhood makes celebrating this particular holiday unique. Here are a few idea we have in mind for our StrongTots...
Celebrate like it is midnight! There is no steadfast rule about the exact time you must celebrate with your toddler; in fact, there are many across the US who are able to take advantage of being behind the East Coast dropping of the ball in New York City. If you are fortunate to be in that situation, allowing your children to stay up a little later (but not until actual midnight) can be a lot of fun. Organize a group of toddler friends and host a "Noon Year's Eve Celebration" with friends and other StrongTots. Our celebration will be a lunch feast, complete with noise makers, hats, confetti, and all the fixings for ringing in the New Year.
Create a photo book to commemorate the past year. Looking for a fun activity while visiting family or during the break from preschool? Create a photo book with your toddler as a way to celebrate all the accomplishments and milestones over the past year. This activity is also great for vocabulary development (talking through the trips to museums, the zoo, family excursions, etc.) and fine motor (have your toddler design or color pages of the book where you plan to place the photos. You can also use this exercise to talk about the concept of time as you reflect on what events came before or after another during the past year.
Create a New Year's Wish List. Using magazines create a collage of activities, projects, and field trips your toddler wants to try in the upcoming year. This activity can be done as a simple art project or the various images can be turned into a "to do" list, which your toddler can then check off throughout the year. Depending on whether your toddler is younger or older you can encourage them to cut independently (fine motor development), point to pictures for identification (early vocabulary development), or encourage them to write letters to match the initial sound of the photo or entire word. Another option for older Strongtots is shadow writing, where the adult writes the word in yellow marker/highlighter for the child to then trace/write over in pencil.
Enjoy the upcoming break from school and hectic routine. We hope you find plenty of time for pajama days, baking extravaganzas, messy play, and field trips with family!
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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