Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Year Celebration!

The New Year Celebration is a fun way to incorporate family entertainment into your evening.  These websites offer a variety of ideas for crafts and games to do with your kids as you welcome in the New Year!

New Year's Crafts for Kids from Enchanted Learning
18 Crafty Ideas for Celebrating New Year's with Children
Here is a complete article that has noisemaker ideas, games, food and more, plus they are family-friendly!

If your little ones make it past midnight, you might want to share a bedtime story.  These books listed below are centered around the New Year theme. 

Squirrel's New Year's Resolution by Pat Miller
Squirrel cannot think of a New Year's resolution until she realizes that by helping her friends, she has made one after all.
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Un-Happy New Year, Emma! by James Stevenson
Emma struggles in her New Year's resolution to be nicer to the other witches Dolores and Lavinia, as they persist in being dreadful to her, until their relationship climaxes in a dreadful revenge on New Year's Day. 
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Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport
When Shanté is sent to find black-eyed peas for her family's New Year's celebration, she learns about each of her neighbor's New Year's traditions in their home countries. 
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First Night by Harriet Ziefert
Although others participate by driving, riding, and making music, Amanda Dade leads the parade to welcome the arrival of the New Year. 
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The Night Before New Year's by Natasha Wing
In this version of Clement Moores' classic poem, a brother and sister struggle to stay awake until midnight to ring in the new year.
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The Tree That Came to Stay by Anna Quindlen
A family finds a way to preserve the feeling of Christmas into the new year by filling a basket with the pine needles from the Christmas tree.
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You can even have fun learning how to say Happy New Year in another language! 
  • Chinese: Xin Nian Kuai Le
  • Dutch: Gelukkig nieuwjaar
  • French: Bonne année
  • Gaelic: Aith-bhliain Fe Nhaise Dhuit
  • German: Gutes Neues Jahr
  • Hawaiian: Hauoli Makahiki Hou
  • Hebrew: Shanah tovah
  • Indonesian: elamat Tahun Baru
  • Italian: Buon Capo d'Anno
  • Japanese: Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu
  • Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego roku
  • Russian: S Novym Godom
  • Spanish: Feliz Año Nuevo
  • Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

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