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Make This New Year special for your family. Here's how to start the year on a positive note

Sherine Paul Solomon Sherine Paul Solomon 6 Mins Read

Sherine Paul Solomon Sherine Paul Solomon

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The new year marks a new beginning and the best way to start anew is with your family. Here are a few things to do with your child to start the new year on a positive note

Toddler to 18+
Make This New Year special for your family. Here's how to start the year on a positive note

New clothes, delicious food, loud music, fireworks and countdowns are usually the norm at New Year parties, but this year it is going to be different. With the pandemic still underway, low-key celebrations will be the new normal. So, how can you still make New Year celebration extra special at home? Read on to find out.

Here is a list of fun activities you can do with your kids to usher in the new year.

Time capsule

Building a time capsule with your family is the perfect way to introspect on the year gone. You can make your own time capsule easily. All you need is an old shoebox or tin, where you can store your family treasures. Decorate your capsule together as a family and make sure that everyone adds their personal touches to it. Once you're satisfied with the decorations, start putting together items that you would like to store in the capsule. Get your kids to fill the box with memories from this year that they would like to look back for years to come. They can add pictures of family members, small projects they worked on during the lockdown, their current weight and height, their favorite thing and favorite memory from the last year, a small keepsake or toy or predictions for the new year. Let them unleash their creativity and add whatever they like. Once finished, seal the box and store it in a safe place that they can revisit next year or in a few years' time.

Jars of hope

You can create two jars with your child this year - a gratitude jar and a wish jar. This way, you can look back at all the positive things from this year while also giving them something to look forward to in the coming year. All you need is a jar, colored paper and a pen. Sit down with your child and create a list of things that he is grateful for this year. Write it down, fold the paper and drop it in the jar. Once you are done with that move on to the wish jar where he writes down his wishes and hopes for 2021. Dress up the jar, tie a pretty ribbon around it, and voila, you are done! If you want to make it more exciting, you can place a tiny branch in your jar to build a wishing tree and tie the wishes onto the branches. Your child can revisit both jars at any time of the year to see his progress.

Treat yourself!

Pick a theme and create a treat station at home. Involve your child in the whole process from sourcing the materials for the station, to decorating the station and finally setting it up. Fun themes you could explore include a hot chocolate and marshmallow station, cupcake station, nacho bar, ice-cream station, pop-corn station, fresh fruit station or chip and dip station. Brainstorm with your child and decide on what would be the most fun option to ring in the New Year. Not only will your child have fun creating her own masterpiece, but she will get to eat it too!

Balloon o'clock

All you need for this are balloons and ideas for fun activities to keep everyone busy. Write down the activity on a sheet of paper, roll it up and place it inside a balloon. Blow the balloon and tie it up. Do this for many balloons and place them all over the house with numbers on them. Whenever the clock strikes for an hour, pop the balloon with the corresponding number and you will have an activity to keep you occupied for the next hour. You are sure to have tons of fun as you finish popping all the balloons by midnight!

Party central

Make your home your own party zone. Set up a tent with your child or create a mini picnic setting where you bundle up under the stars or set the table with your child for a sumptuous dinner. Building your own little cozy vibe as a family is sure to be a memory you and your little one will cherish for years to come. You can make your own little decorations to add a special touch to the party. You can also play board games to keep things interesting. If all else fails, go with the classic pajama party with everyone at home. Reading stories together, huddling under the covers, having a pillow fight - all the while in your cozy pajamas is a sure win. Build a tent or fort with materials at home, lay mattresses on the floor, dress up your new home and have a New Year's Eve to remember.

Movies, music, magic

What better way to welcome the New Year than with a fun family movie? Pick a film you would all like to watch and enjoy some time together as a family. You can make your own movie tickets, buckets of popcorn and a seating area to have the cinematic experience at home. If movies are not for you, opt for a fun karaoke session. YouTube has tons of karaoke options, so just choose your favorite song and belt out the numbers. You can record the melodious or off-key sessions and make memories for a lifetime. You can also dress up as your favorite characters and have fun posing for pictures. Create your own DIY photo booth and use that as the backdrop for all your pictures.

Journal resolutions

Write down workable New Year resolutions with your child. Discuss the practicality of each and ask your child why he put that resolution down on his list. Try and break it down into one resolution a month so that it's doable. You can also make a colorful scrapbook or journal with highlights of the year and all the different ways you stayed busy in the last year. This is a wonderful way to chronicle and reflects on the year gone by while focusing on the year ahead.

Connections

Technology has made things so much easier for everyone and this year, more than any other, it's a great time to connect with family and friends you couldn't meet in person. Rather than just texting them, do a fun video call and wish them for New Year. Seeing you will surely make a world of a difference to your family and friends.

Road tripping

Usher in the New Year with a road trip, exploring the beauty of your own state or country. Make as many pit stops as possible to soak in the wonderful views along the way, play games to stay entertained and sing along with the radio. This will help you bond with your young one, appreciate the simple joys and give you a much-needed break. When planning for your vacation, please make sure to follow all the safety precautions necessary and avoid crowded places.

Giving back

Look at ways in which you can help people in your community and get your child involved in it, too. Choose an organization or charity you would like to support and donate anything of your choice from food, clothes, stationery to money or gifts. You can also start small by helping out those who make your life easier every day, like your driver or the maid. This will teach your child to share and also be a great start to the New Year. One small gesture may make a huge difference to that family.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started and make sure that you have a fabulous and memorable New Year where you build new traditions with your family.

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