We always make our own fireworks at the daycare I work at. We get
black paper and use glue to make a firework design on it and sprinkle it
with different colored glitter. Another thing we do is get Popsicle
sticks and glue pieces of colored paper at one end to make sparklers.
The kids loved it.
New Years : This year I had my students watercolor the underside of a small
but sturdy paper plate. On another plate we wrote 2000 (could be any year) and
Happy New Year. They then added streamers to the edges and we put beans inside
before we stapled it shut to make a noisemaker. What made it really fun, is we
also added a time capsule element. Each child drew a picture of their family
and answered some questions about themselves and their dreams. We tucked those
inside also and gave their parents a note asking them to save this for 6 years
(until the children were 10 years old) and then open it together on New Years
Buy confetti from a party store. Have the children create a confetti
collage on a piece of butcher paper using glue. Talk about how many
people use confetti to celebrate the New Year!
Noise Maker Painting
Instead of using brushed at your easel, use noise makers! Have the
children dip the noise makers into the paint then blow into them so they splat
on the paper. The children LOVE this and it is so fun to see how each
picture turns out.
New Year Hats
Materials: Large pieces of white construction paper, glue sticks,
crayons, stickers, and anything else you can think of to decorate the hats.
Have the children decorate their white piece of construction paper.
Next, take the construction paper and, using the wide edge, bend it around
the child's head to made a pointed hat. Secure the seam of the hat
with your glue stick. Punch two holes on the side of the hat and
attach yarn to help keep the hat secure on the child's head.
New Year Sculpture
Materials: Pointed drink cups that are used with water coolers, thick
paste, beads, colored rice, colored macaroni, yarn scraps, fabric scraps, or
anything else you can think of.
Have the children spread the thick paste all over the pointed cup.
Next, have them decorate their cup with the different art mediums that you
have provided. When they are done, they will have a unique New Year
Using water paint drop some onto the paper then using a straw blow the paint
across the paper. It looks like fireworks.
You can also put paper on the fence and use fly swatters to splatter the